National surveys show consumers’ mood is brightening, and it’s not just holiday cheer. The more positive outlook has a lot to do with the steep drop in gasoline prices since last summer. 2015 holds the promise of more price relief not only at the gas pump but also at grocery stores.
People from across Ohio and around the globe have been helping NASA find tiny specks of interstellar dust. In the final installment of our series on citizen science, WOSU’s Jonathan Hickman reports on how Ohioans are sifting through high-tech NASA instruments on the screens of their home computers.
The late-blooming flowers in Ohio’s state gardens and arboretums are wonderful to look at and teach us about horticulture. They may also help scientists and land managers use less insecticide and do a better job of controlling pests at the same time.
In recent years Ohio and other states have allocated more money for science and math curricula in elementary and secondary schools. At the college level, Ohio State University competes aggressively for research grants. While some politicians and authors say the emphasis is warranted because of a looming shortage of highly-trained engineers and scientists, the Chronicle of Higher Education recently published articles that warn of a possible glut of scientists in United States.
After years of effort, Ohio State Professors Michael Chan and Joseph Krycki have developed a picture of a unique protein. It’s found in microbes that are common in many environments around the world, and it’s responsible for most of the natural production of the greenhouse gas methane.
For thousands of years, there were no earthworms in the forests around the Great Lakes. Now many exotic species are invading the region, changing the way the forest floor looks and feels.
This year’s world food crisis may be just a harbinger of what’s to come if droughts, climate change, and poor farming practices continue to make soils less hospitable to agriculture. Ohio State professor Rattan Lal is working on global solutions to these problems, starting right here in central Ohio.
Tucked in the rolling hills of rural Meigs County, Ohio, is a sight that seems just a little out of place. Skatopia is a do-it-yourself skate park where there’s a lot to skate and few rules.
With the cost of commercial fertilizer keeping pace with gasoline prices, more and more farmers are turning to their great grandfathers’ fertilizer–manure. Last week’s annual Great Lakes Regional Manure Handling Expo, held this year in London, Ohio, gave the public a chance to learn about how to turn this waste product into a resource, and how the environment might benefit as a result.
Long synonymous with the Deep South, Kudzu may now be creeping its way north. The fast growing vine, which is native to Japan, has been growing for decades in parts of southern Ohio, but climate change may make the state even more hospitable to kudzu in coming decades. Though it isn’t yet the scourge here that it is in the South, efforts are under way to make Ohio Kudzu-free.