Science

Mystery of the returning harp seals
5:15 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

More seals or not, more LIers are seeing them

Harp seal sunning on a dock in Provincetown, MA
Credit Flickr/mkalbis

Long Islanders are seeing more seals this year. It's tempting to say the reason there have been more sightings is all the cold weather we've been having, but researchers are still scratching their heads about it.  

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Waiting for health study
5:46 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

NY environmental commissioner: Fracking likely delayed for at least a year

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on the environment on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Martens says his agency has “absolutely no plans” to issue permits for shale gas drilling and fracking in the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Credit AP/Mike Groll

One day after President Obama touted the hydro fracking of natural gas as a “bridge fuel,” New York's   environmental commissioner says it’s “extremely unlikely” that permits for drilling wells will be issued in the next year.  

 

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Three people get new kidneys, new life
2:08 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Six-person kidney chain started at Yale

3-time kidney recipient Ryan DeSilva, 23, with his father and the medical team at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Credit Photo by Sara Karl

Three patients across three different states have new kidneys as a result of a six-person exchange that took place in December.  The transplants happened in  Connecticut, Ohio and Maine, and the results were announced at press conferences in all three states on Thursday.

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Snowy owls in Connecticut
2:56 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Trying to count every bird in North America

Photo by Don Morgan

You may have heard the expression “herding cats”… well, every year, the Audubon Society tries
something equally difficult. They try to count all the birds in North America. And this year, there's a surprise in Connecticut: snowy owls.

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142 hospitalizations so far
6:32 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Flu outbreak is widespread in Conn.

Connecticut’s Department of Public Health says the flu is widespread in the state.  So far, the state has seen 2 deaths and 142 hospitalizations this flu season.

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