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Fireflies inspired a Wayne State professor’s medical research and made him millions

8/14/2018
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As you watch fireflies flit around your backyard at night, do you ever wonder, "How does that firefly do it? What makes him glow?" Chemistry professor A. Paul Schaap asked himself this very question while working in his lab at Wayne State University where he was searching for the molecule at the heart of "bioluminescence." In July 1986, he finally found the answer. That realization allowed him to build a company, and to eventually become one of Michigan's honored philanthropists. Professor...

Duration:00:09:05

China doesn’t want most of our plastics or junk mail anymore… so now what?

8/14/2018
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The global market for recycling has changed dramatically over the last year, and it’s already trickling down to what happens at the curb. China used to take all sorts of foreign recycling because it was using the materials to build its economy. But at the beginning of this year, China stopped importing most plastic waste and mixed paper, like junk mail. That’s because of its National Sword Policy . The country has its own trash problems and China will only accept a prohibitively low amount...

Duration:00:03:59

Stateside 8.13.2018

8/13/2018
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Today on Stateside , Abdul El-Sayed sits down for his first interview after coming in second place in Michigan's Democratic gubernatorial primary. And, you're not imagining it — there are more fireflies than usual showing up in your backyard this summer. To hear individual segments, click here or see below:

Duration:00:50:52

A “firefly boom” is lighting up Michigan backyards this summer

8/13/2018
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Does it feel like you've seen a burst of fireflies this summer? You probably have! This year will go down as a "firefly boom," not just here in Michigan, but across the country.

Duration:00:12:44

Stateside 8.9.2018

8/9/2018
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Today on Stateside , Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib will soon be the first Muslim-American woman to serve in Congress. Plus, how wild turkeys became the "poster child" for conservation success stories in Michigan. To listen to individual segments, click here or see below:

Duration:00:49:46

After near extinction in Michigan, wild turkeys become symbol of conservation success

8/9/2018
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Continuing our look at conservation and restoration efforts paying off: animal species here in Michigan that were threatened – but are now coming back. Today: the wild turkey! Al Stewart , a wildlife biologist, upland game bird specialist at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, joined Stateside to discuss how wild turkeys have become the “poster child for the comeback of wild species.”

Duration:00:08:02

With clear skies and new moon, Michiganders will likely have great view of Perseid shower

8/9/2018
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The Perseids are coming! North America's favorite meteor shower will be most visible to Michigan stargazers on August 11, 12, and 13. The biggest question is: will the weather be on our side for this celestial show?

Duration:00:03:46

We're using less water as a nation, but Michigan still ranks 10th

8/9/2018
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Water use in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level in about 45 years. But the U.S. Geological Survey found 12 states accounted for more than 50% of the total water withdrawals in the U.S. – and Michigan ranks 10th on that list.

Duration:00:03:59

Stateside 8.7.2018

8/7/2018
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Today on Stateside , we hear from county clerks around the state about what Election Day has looked like at their polling stations. Plus, the sad end of the Milky Way's long-lost sibling, and what it might tell us about our own planet's fate.

Duration:00:50:33

Disappearing beaches part of the ebb and flow of Great Lakes water levels

8/7/2018
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Like many of us, listener Steven Drews, from Lapeer, and his family love spending time at Lake Michigan during the summer. But for the past couple of years, Drews has noticed some changes at the his family's favorite Alberta, Michigan beach. The last time they visited, Drews said the beach they normally love to walk along was no longer there. Instead, there was a cliff.

Duration:00:10:45

The Milky Way had a little sister — until neighboring Andromeda gobbled her up

8/7/2018
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Space is the final frontier, as Star Trek's Captain Kirk observed. It is almost always yielding exciting surprises and discoveries. The latest finding is that our Milky Way galaxy once had a sibling. Sadly though, that sibling galaxy came to an unhappy end at the hands of our closest neighbor. Eric Bell , professor of astronomy at the University of Michigan joined Stateside to tell us more about our long-lost galaxy sibling.

Duration:00:08:50

Scientists creating meteotsunami warning system for the Great Lakes

8/7/2018
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Scientists are creating an experimental warning system for meteotsunamis in the Great Lakes. Meteotsunamis are potentially dangerous waves that are driven by storms. Eric Anderson is a physical oceanographer with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Meteotsunamis are a very particular kind of wave and we don’t yet have the ability to forecast when and where they’re going to occur,” he says.

Duration:00:04:00

Kirtland’s warbler makes a comeback from endangered to thriving

8/6/2018
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Amidst concern about animal species on the verge of extinction, we wanted to look at some success stories: species that were highly endangered, but whose populations are now making a comeback in Michigan. The Kirtland's warbler is one of those species. Fifty years ago, the songbird was nearly extinct. Today, it has an estimated population of around 5,000.

Duration:00:08:57

If you find this weird, gelatinous blob in a Michigan lake, it's a good sign

8/2/2018
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If you’re out on a lake this summer and you stumble on a blob that looks like an alien life form, it could actually be a good thing. Jo Latimore got an email recently about a weird-looking greenish-gray gelatinous blob that a boater found in Juno Lake in Cass County. Latimore is an aquatic ecologist at Michigan State University. She says she got an email from the boater saying, “We found something that’s pretty gross attached to the bottom of one of our pontoon boats and we’re afraid of...

Duration:00:03:58

NASA researchers set up shop on tiny Lake Superior island

8/1/2018
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NASA researchers have cast their eyes on a little island in Lake Superior that sits about 12 miles northwest of Marquette. Granite Island has been chosen as a site for NASA research that could help scientists better understand the way clouds and aerosol particles in the atmosphere affect global climate change. NASA is working with Northern Michigan University on the project.

Duration:00:09:16

Oakland County one of the last habitats for a disappearing Michigan butterfly

7/31/2018
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One of the 27 Michigan species facing extinction is a tiny butterfly called the Poweshiek skipperling. They are small, about an inch long, and live in native prairie habitats throughout the Midwest. They were once a common sight in Michigan, but Oakland County is one of the very few remaining places where you can find a Poweshiek skipperling. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Tamara Smith studies the butterfly and joined Stateside to talk about what’s driving the steep decline in...

Duration:00:09:31

Proposed changes to Endangered Species Act could threaten Michigan wildlife

7/31/2018
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A recent proposal by the Trump administration could mean big changes for the Endangered Species Act. That law was passed some 40 years ago. It was designed to keep endangered plant and animal species from going extinct.

Duration:00:06:38

EPA proposes new rule for asbestos

7/31/2018
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Asbestos is known to cause cancer. It’s banned for some uses in the U.S., but it’s not entirely banned . The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule, and new ways to evaluate the safety of asbestos.

Duration:00:03:58

Widespread use of PFAS means new contamination sites “almost inevitable” says expert

7/30/2018
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Late last week, Michigan declared a state of emergency in Kalamazoo County. The state told 3,100 residents of Parchment and nearby Cooper Township to stop drinking and cooking with municipal water.

Duration:00:11:47

Despite history of violations, hazardous waste facility in Detroit set to expand

7/27/2018
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US Ecology, an Idaho-based company, is close to receiving approval for a large expansion of its hazardous waste facility on Detroit’s east side, near Hamtramck. The expansion would increase the facility’s storage capacity nine-fold, from 76,000 to 677,000 gallons.

Duration:00:17:49