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Space Shuttle Discovery about to take off on final mission listen

02/24/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery will take off on its final flight at 4:50 p.m. today. WMNF volunteer reporter Zack Baddorf is a few miles from the launch pad and will bring us a full report tomorrow during the WMNF Drive-time news. He filed this preview of the launch from the Kennedy Space Center a short time ago.

Discovery went on its first mission in 1984, some 27 years ago. This launch is its 39th and final time in space. Discovery will go up to the International Space Station where it...

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Science Cafe in St. Pete debates causes of Climate Change listen

01/26/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama didn’t mention climate change. But the topic was at the forefront last night at the Pier Aquarium’s science café meeting in St. Petersburg.

More than a year removed from the stalemate at the climate conference in Copenhagen and another two months after a follow-up meeting in Cancun, there is still no binding global agreement to cut greenhouse emissions. Without those cuts, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts...

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Science Challenge 2011

12/27/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former physicist Jeff Shaumeyer worried about American culture excluding the sciences. So in 2004, he began a company called Ars Hermenuetica in an effort to encourage science literacy.

Shaumeyer implemented the Science Reading challenge a few years later, an attempt to inspire average Americans to read popular science.

"It came about when I noticed some online blogging fri...

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Panel of USF scientists present oil spill findings to the public listen

11/17/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night in St. Petersburg, a panel of USF based marine scientists shared their findings on the impact of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Bob Weisberg is a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of South Florida, and a leading expert on the role of the Gulf’s loop current.

"It provides the connectivity between the Caribbean and southeastern United States. It flows into the Gulf of Mexico through the Yucatan, out through the Florida straights and then up the east ...

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Fossil hunters uncover Florida's geologic history listen

11/04/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida’s history didn’t begin with Ponce de Leon, the founding of St. Augustine, Hernando de Soto or even the indigenous Calusa people. Clubs around Florida are venturing out to rock quarries, phosphate mines and river beds to uncover ancient fossils and get a glimpse into Florida’s geologic past.

Kneeling on the limestone surface at Vulcan quarry mine in Brooksville, Shirley Gissy of Port Richey, Florida and a member of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club, takes her rock hammer and meticulo...

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Science Cafe connects science with everyday life listen

03/16/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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How is science experienced in everyday life? To answer that question, a science education professor held a "science cafe" at USF St. Petersburg earlier this month.

From medicines that cure illness to communication lines and satellites that transect the globe, routine days are made possible by science and technology. Science connectivity to everyday life is what experts cite as the importance of learning basic scientific principles, and was the theme of a discus...

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New research suggests greater sea level rise listen

03/04/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Climate change is expected to cause a greater rise to global sea levels than previously thought. That's according to scientific research presented at recent conferences and lectures around the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2007 the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted a ½- to 2- foot rise in sea level by the end of the century. But recent trends in global sea level, temperature and glacial melting suggest these estimates are on the low end of the spectrum.

Steven Nerem is A...

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Ocean acidity is increasing according to a new study listen

01/25/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In addition to making oceans warmers, greenhouse gasses like CO2 in the atmosphere are making oceans more acidic. More acidic oceans could hamper the growth and survival of shell-building organisms like corals and clams. By comparing pH readings from seawater in the northeastern Pacific Ocean between 1991 and 2006, a team of scientists found the first direct evidence of ocean acidification across an entire ocean basin.

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Florida's aquatic problem with invasive species listen

01/15/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A broad coalition of groups from the Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies to Dow Agro-sciences is hosting a weeklong summit on invasive species in Washington D.C. The summit is part of the National Invasive Species Awareness Week that is hoping to bring the problem of invasives to the forefront. Aquatic invasives are disrupting Florida waters.

The lionfish is a spiny, venomous fish of contrasting red and white stripes that can grow to over a foot long. Nat...

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Scientists oppose intelligent design bill listen

02/23/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Legislature begins its regular session next week. Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, plans to introduce a bill requiring teachers who teach evolution to also present the idea of intelligent design.

The website for the Ben Stein movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed features a video message from Stein, who has been an actor, and a speechwriter and lawyer for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Stein asks people to sign a petition for “acade...

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