Science http://northernpublicradio.org en Contamination Clean-up Underway at WNIJ/WNIU http://northernpublicradio.org/post/contamination-clean-underway-wnijwniu <p>Cleanup crews are working to collect contamination caused by a broken elevator at Northern Public Radio’s studios in DeKalb. Anyone familiar with WNIJ and WNIU’s studios on First Street may have noticed an increasing number of containment barrels, tanks, and other equipment in the parking lot.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 03:05:55 +0000 Susan Stephens 46893 at http://northernpublicradio.org Contamination Clean-up Underway at WNIJ/WNIU How Healthy Is Your County? Check Out This Interactive Survey http://northernpublicradio.org/post/how-healthy-your-county-check-out-interactive-survey <p>Four counties in northern Illinois are ranked among the healthiest 20 of the state's 102 counties.</p><p>That's according to a survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It allows you to measure health outcomes and factors in every U.S. county. It also lets you compare data from one county to another.</p><p>For example, if you wanted to know the number of primary care physicians per resident, there's an answer. By the way, the ratio for DeKalb County is 1 doctor per 2,910 residents. For Winnebago County it's 1 per 1,367 residents.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:34:53 +0000 Dan Klefstad 45126 at http://northernpublicradio.org How Healthy Is Your County? Check Out This Interactive Survey Powder In Envelope Sends 15 to Hospitals in Beloit http://northernpublicradio.org/post/powder-envelope-sends-15-hospitals-beloit <p></p><p>15 people were hospitalized and dozens of others detained after an envelope containing powder was delivered to a Beloit health clinic.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 23:55:10 +0000 Susan Stephens 28528 at http://northernpublicradio.org Powder In Envelope Sends 15 to Hospitals in Beloit New Study: Culture Can't Thrive On Fish Alone http://northernpublicradio.org/post/new-study-culture-cant-thrive-fish-alone <p></p><p>A report led by two northern Illinois anthropologists sheds new light on a South American civilization’s origins…and its dependence on corn.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 07:56:12 +0000 Susan Stephens 26669 at http://northernpublicradio.org New Study: Culture Can't Thrive On Fish Alone FDA links 133 Illinois health providers to company behind meningitis scare http://northernpublicradio.org/post/fda-links-133-illinois-health-providers-company-behind-meningitis-scare <p></p><p><a href="http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/FungalMeningitis/default.htm">The Federal Drug Administration</a> has listed 133 medical centers in Illinois and another 81 in Wisconsin as customers of the company linked to a nation-wide outbreak of <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.html">fungal meningitis</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 04:28:17 +0000 Susan Stephens 20396 at http://northernpublicradio.org FDA links 133 Illinois health providers to company behind meningitis scare Rallies To Make "Labor Day" Better For Moms and Babies http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rallies-make-labor-day-better-moms-and-babies <p></p><p>Labor Day takes on another meaning Monday in dozens of American cities. Mothers, babies, and the people who love them will lead “<a href="http://www.improvingbirth.org/">Improving Birth: National Rallies for Change</a>.”</p><p> Sat, 01 Sep 2012 01:20:21 +0000 Susan Stephens 17714 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rallies To Make "Labor Day" Better For Moms and Babies Protecting Birds And Bats On Wind Farms http://northernpublicradio.org/post/protecting-birds-and-bats-wind-farms <p>Do you have any ideas about protecting birds and bats from wind turbines in Illinois, Wisconsin and six other Midwestern states?</p><p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input as it works with the states to develop a plan for habitat conservation while promoting clean energy.</p><p>Some species of bats are particularly vulnerable to striking turbines at wind energy facilities. Fish and Wildlife representative Georgia Parham says one solution may be for wind energy companies to change how they operate turbines.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:42:34 +0000 WNIJ 17686 at http://northernpublicradio.org Protecting Birds And Bats On Wind Farms Cantaloupes suspected in salmonella outbreak http://northernpublicradio.org/post/cantaloupes-suspected-salmonella-outbreak <p>Illinois health officials are urging anyone with cantaloupes to inspect them following an outbreak of 17 cases identified in the state in 11 counties. Eight of the people are hospitalized.</p><p>Tainted cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana is the suspected source of the outbreak that has so far affected more than 140 people from 20 states. Symptoms of the illness include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Cases go back as far as July 7.</p><p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:15:28 +0000 WNIJ 17056 at http://northernpublicradio.org Cantaloupes suspected in salmonella outbreak Expert says Illinois' drought won't end anytime soon http://northernpublicradio.org/post/expert-says-illinois-drought-wont-end-anytime-soon <p>Illinois is seeing slightly cooler temperatures following last week&#39;s hundred-degree days. But <a href="http://www.isws.illinois.edu/atmos/statecli/about-us.htm">state climatologist Jim Angel</a> says it appears the end of the drought is a long way off. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:16:43 +0000 Mike Moen & Brian Mackey 15753 at http://northernpublicradio.org Expert says Illinois' drought won't end anytime soon Digging up history in Rockton http://northernpublicradio.org/post/digging-history-rockton <p>On a recent day,&nbsp;several adults are digging in the very dry ground, unearthing&nbsp; a foundation at <a href="http://www.macktownlivinghistory.com/" target="_blank"><u><font color="#810081">Macktown</font></u></a><u><font color="#810081"> Living History </font></u>in Rockton which overlooks the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:35:00 +0000 Jenna Dooley 14846 at http://northernpublicradio.org Digging up history in Rockton