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4:12 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Tulane Researchers Looking For Environmental Clues In Mockingbirds' Songs

Researchers at Tulane University are experimenting with a new way to test for lead exposure — by listening to mockingbird songs to find out what they can tell us about heavy metals in the environment.
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Elevated lead levels in the environment can cause a number of health problems for children and adults, and parts of New Orleans have consistently tested high for lead pollution.

Researchers at Tulane University are experimenting with a new way to test for lead exposure — by listening to bird songs to find out what they can tell us about heavy metals in the environment. 

Tulane researcher Renata Ribeiro spends a lot of time out in the field, recording the songs of Northern Mockingbirds.

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Science & Health
12:07 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Triple Degree Program At LSU Serves The Growing Biomedical Industry In Louisiana

A new triple degree program launches in the fall at LSU, for students who want to fast-track undergraduate education, medical school and PhD study.
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A new triple degree program launches in the fall at LSU, for students who want to fast-track undergraduate education, medical school and PhD study. 

LSU is partnering with the Health Sciences Center in New Orleans to launch the program. It’s called “Fast Path” because students would receive three degrees  - a bachelor of science, an MD, and a PhD — in one-to-three years less than the traditional path.

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7:32 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Texas Abortion Appeal Set For Hearing In New Orleans

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans is hearing two Texas cases that are drawing local and national attention. One later Wednesday involves restrictions on abortion clinics, and another set for a hearing Friday involving same-sex marriage.

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Animal Life
1:00 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Animal Life: Louisiana Black Bears

Black Bears are the official state mammal of Louisiana.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

If you drive west on Highway 90 you might notice bear crossing signs. That’s right, bears.  

The large but gentle Louisiana Black Bear is our official state mammal. They were once common in the Lower Mississippi Valley and Atchafalaya Basin region, but habitat loss and over hunting have reduced the population to about 300. In 1992 they were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. 

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Politics
10:38 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Workers with the Pebble Mine project test-drill in July 2007 in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma.
Al Grillo AP

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 3:00 pm

Three advocacy organizations — across ideological lines — are telling congressional investigators to back off in a probe of EPA ties to a leading environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana are leading the investigation. They contend that NRDC lobbyists have exerted too much influence over EPA on the issues of carbon reduction and the proposed Pebble Mine at Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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Red River Radio
9:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Health study: Arkansas and Louisiana lack defenses against 'superbugs'

Arkansas and Louisiana are ill-prepared to detect, diagnose and respond to threats like Ebola and outbreaks of infectious diseases, according to a report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases,” found that Arkansas scored the lowest of all, two out of 10 on key indicators related to preventing and responding to antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

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Red River Radio
8:58 am
Wed December 10, 2014

National conservation coalition brings unified vision to Louisiana coastal restoration

A coalition of national environmental groups says the billions of dollars expected from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill penalties should go toward rapidly rebuilding Louisiana’s coastline.

During a teleconference Tuesday, the conservation groups outlined 19 priority projects detailed in their two new reports. David Muth, Gulf Program director for the National Wildlife Federation, says these projects are critical.

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WRKF
3:19 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Xavier University Wins Grant to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Research

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Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:59 am

Xavier university is looking to triple the number of their minority alumni who go on to receive PhDs in the life sciences in the next decade, with help from an NIH grant. The first obstacle is getting undergraduates to stick with those fields.


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Science & Health
7:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Xavier University Gets $19.6 Million Grant

Xavier University has received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The money is from an NIH initiative called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity.

It will be used to expand biomedical programs at the historically black university.

Xavier says the award is part of a $240 million NIH investment involving more than 10 institutions. It’s aimed at developing new approaches to engage student researchers, including those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Latest News
4:33 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

'Blood Moon' Rises In Rare Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse Wednesday morning will cause the moon to glow blood red.
S Vivek Flickr

Amateur astronomers and sky-watchers are in for a treat Wednesday morning.

A rare total lunar eclipse will happen at 5:27 a.m.

Louisiana Tech astronomer Lee Sawyer tells WWL that viewers in New Orleans will have a prime viewing experience.

Sawyer says the moon will glow blood red during the early morning event.

He also says this eclipse is unique because the sun will be rising in the east at the same time, giving viewers between 2-9 minutes to simultaneously see the sun rising in the east, and the eclipsed moon setting in the west.

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