The Biological Sciences Greenhouse at OSU has been fortunate to have multiple bloomings of the Titan Arum, aka, the corpse flower. They have its smaller but also smelly cousin, the Voodoo Lily. From its bruise-colored bloom that resembles a corpse, to its stench of rotting flesh, this tropical flower masks its beauty to attract its pollinators.
The number of hydraulically fractured wells drilled in Ohio has now topped 800. About half of those wells are producing natural gas and oil. While debates over safety and severance taxes continues, production is reaching critical mass. And that has created need for more railroad capacity. The rail improvements have rippled into Frazeysburg and Columbus.
State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquake activity in the Marcellus Shale basin to hydraulic fracturing, confirming the suspicions of activists pushing for drilling limits in the interest of public health.
The parent company of Ohio-based GE Aviation is expanding operations in southwest Ohio with a new U.S. Global Operations Center.
Ohio alternative energy producers are fighting a new Senate proposal to halt the phase-in of Ohio’s clean- and advanced-energy targets.
The city of Columbus has filed a lawsuit suit against an upscale car service that recently began to operate in the area. WOSU reports the city wants a judge to grant a temporary restraining order against a branch of Uber to keep it from operating in the city.
A labor organization in Ohio is questioning a change made to a state budget bill that clarifies that college athletes are not employees under state law.
Student loan debt in the U.S. now surpasses $1 trillion. Ohio’s senior U.S. senator Sherrod Brown blames the private loan industry for intentionally making loan terms difficult to understand. He’s pushing legislation that would make loan terms more clear. The bill is called the Know Before You Owe Private Student Loan Act.
The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would let electric car maker Tesla Motors operate three dealerships in the state.
A group in Northeast Ohio is promoting an alternative form of atomic power that they say promises safer and cheaper nuclear reactors: Thorium. But critics say its time as a viable energy source has passed.
A northwestern Ohio furniture maker plans to hire more workers after signing a new deal with Swedish furniture retailer Ikea.