Science

Transportation
11:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

NTSB: More Attention Needs To Be Paid To Sleep Disorders

An Amtrak train, top, traveling on an unaffected track, passes a derailed Metro North commuter train, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

In December of 2013, an engineer fell asleep while driving a Metro-North train in the Bronx.  It derailed, killing 4 people. 

The NTSB released a report on Wednesday with safety recommendations.  Among those recommendations is that railroads should routinely screen employees who perform "safety-sensitive" functions for sleep disorders.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart says they've made the recommendation to regulators of all transportation industries. He says, for example, it’s been helpful for the trucking industry.

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crime
1:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

In New Canaan, Police Get A Life-Saving Tool For Overdoses

Norwalk Hospital's Jim Brubaker demonstrates on a CPR dummy.
Credit Davis Dunavin

In much of New York and New Jersey, police have been using an antidote called Narcan to treat heroin overdoses for the past two years — officials in Suffolk County say it's saved 360 lives there. And, while most local departments in Connecticut don't use the drug, that's starting to change.

In New Canaan, police are getting training in administering Narcan to people who have overdosed and stopped breathing. It just takes two squirts up the nose. But, in the field, it could save a life.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

In Greenwich, A Future For The American Chestnut Tree

Kendra Gurney demonstrates planting a chestnut tree seedling.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

A hundred years ago, one in four trees in the eastern United States was an American Chestnut. But, in the early 20th century, the tree was nearly wiped out by one of the first invasive species to hit America. Now, a plot of land in Greenwich, Connecticut is just one of 300 groves from Maine to Georgia where chestnuts are being reintroduced. Dozens of volunteers planted nearly 400 trees here over the weekend.

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Possible Ebola case in New Haven
3:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Yale student researcher who was in Liberia being tested for Ebola

Credit Yale-New Haven Hospital

Update 5 p.m.: The patient at Yale-New Haven hospital, who was being evaluated for Ebola-like symptoms, has tested negative for the virus.

Officials at Yale-New Haven Hospital say a patient who the hospital admitted last night for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms is in stable condition and improving.

The patient is a Yale student who recently returned from Liberia with a group of other students.

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Temperatures returning to normal
7:12 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Cooler than usual summer? Nope.

Over the past few summers, we've had some pretty hot stretches.  But this summer, we didn't have much to complain about. 

But if you’re thinking this is an unusually mild summer, you’re wrong.

“You know, believe it or not, statistically speaking it’s going to end up being a very normal year from a statistical standpoint,” said meteorologist Brian Hurley with the National Weather Service.

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