Science
6:23 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

USF To Find New Site For Forensic Research Facility

USF Anthropology Professor Erin Kimmerle talks to reporters Thursday about the proposed research facility.
Credit Mark Schreiner/WUSF 89.7 News

The University of South Florida announced late Friday afternoon that the USF Forensic Anthropology Laboratory will find an alternate location to train students and law enforcement to process human remains in outdoor crime scenes.

The Facility for Outdoor Experimental Research and Training (FORT) program was proposed on Hillsborough County Sheriffs property in Lithia but an outcry from residents about possible smells, groundwater contamination and property values prompted a change in plans.

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Environment
9:33 am
Fri April 24, 2015

'Canopy Meg' Takes to the Treetops for an Evening of Women and Science

Meg Lowman

Margaret Lowman  got her nickname of "Canopy Meg" at an early age, for her penchant for climbing trees. Pretty soon, she became renowned in scientific circles for her research on the tops of trees - or their canopy.

She's speaking April 30th at the Tampa Theatre with another famous woman scientist, Sylvia Earle.  They will be introduced by WUSF's own Susan Giles Wantuck.

We talk with the Sarasota resident on why canopies are a vital part of the earth's ecology - and how women can succeed in science.

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Politics
9:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Utility Reforms Moving Forward

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:36 pm

Since the start of session lawmakers have been using the state’s utility regulators, the Public Service Commission as something of a whipping boy. A measure billed as a PSC crackdown has passed the House and is waiting for approval in the Senate.

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Law & Order
9:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

FBI Report: Florida Affected By Flawed FBI Hair Analysis Testimony

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:54 am

 

According to an FBI report released this week, almost all of the FBI’s experts who conducted microscopic hair analysis gave flawed testimony in criminal trials.

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Science
8:54 am
Fri April 24, 2015

After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows Humanity

(Left) This is one of two cameras that the telescope originally carried, and it has since been replaced with a more up-to-date version. (Right) Workers study Hubble's 8-foot main mirror. After launch the mirror was found to have a problem, which astronauts corrected in 1993.
SSPL/Getty Images; Hubblesite

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 4:26 pm

Mike Massimino is one of the last people to ever see the Hubble Space Telescope in person.

From inside his orbiting space shuttle, the telescope first appeared on the horizon as a star, says Massimino, who was an astronaut on the final mission to service the space telescope in 2009.

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Environment
7:58 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Florida Wildlife Officials Order A New Python Hunt

A student holds a Burmese python from just behind its jaw during a Python Patrol training class at Tree Tops Park in Davie, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The free class teaches how to safely and humanely capture the invasive snakes.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:36 am

Florida wildlife officials are hosting another snake hunt, but they don't want to call it a hunt. It's the Python Challenge. It's not likely to put much of a dent on the growing population of the invasive species, but that doesn't mean the event will be a failure.

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Health News Florida
7:29 am
Fri April 24, 2015

House Republicans Make Budget Offer

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:30 am

 Top Republicans in the Florida House made an offer Thursday to try to bridge a budget gap with Senate Republicans, but it could still result in the state's hospitals getting significantly less than they are receiving now.

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Law & Order
7:40 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Body Cameras Bills To Soon Get House Vote; Anti-Speed Trap Bill Heads To Governor

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:42 pm

Florida lawmakers passed a series of bills affecting law enforcement agencies this week, and at least two are headed to the Governor’s desk for approval.

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Culture
3:00 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Astronaut Garan Gives An "Orbital Perspective"

Ron Garan
Credit Ron Garan

Retired Astronaut Ron Garan tells WUSF's Robin Sussingham in this interview, "we need to find the low-hanging fruit" of international cooperation. He is the author of the book The Orbital Perspective.

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Health News Florida
2:51 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Selling Hard Boiled Eggs For Medicine: Tradeoffs People In The Gap Make For Health Care

Cynthia Louis in one of Florida International University's Neighborhood HELP Program parked in parking lot of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:50 pm

 This is the third part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Every Tuesday, a giant blue bus parks in front of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens. Inside looks like a doctor’s office with a reclining exam chair and anatomical charts. You only know that it’s not a traditional office when it shakes as people get on and off.

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Law & Order
2:40 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Supreme Court Reduces Death Sentence for Tampa Cop's Killer

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the death sentence for Humberto Delgado Jr., who killed a Tampa police officer in 2009, should be reduced to life without parole.
Credit Florida Dept. of Corrections

UPDATED 4/23 at 2:40 p.m.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor released this statement in response to the Florida Supreme Court reducing the death sentence for Humberto Delgado Jr. to life without parole for killing police Cpl. Mike Roberts in 2009:

"We respect the justice system and those who have to make tough decisions. 

Regardless of the conclusion, it doesn't bring Mike back and it doesn't relieve the pain that his wife, son and his TPD family feel. His life sentence will still ensure he is held accountable for his actions."

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Environment
2:13 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

President Obama Visits The Florida Everglades

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:38 am

EVERGLADES--This was President Obama's first trip to the Everglades. In a speech that lasted about 15 minutes, the president reiterated his administration's stance on preserving fresh water and reducing carbon emissions.

Seemingly in response to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's purported ban on the phrase "climate change," the president said, "(climate change) can't be edited out." Gov. Scott has denied any such ban exists.

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Health News Florida
12:49 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

The Barriers People In The Coverage Gap Face To Get Care

Cynthia Louis with her beloved perm.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:33 am

This is the second part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Before the pain in her arms started, Cynthia Louis would get up each morning, sit on the edge of her bed and fix her shoulder-length hair. In the mirror above her dressing table where her hair products and pins are neatly aligned, she would brush out her curled hair to frame her face.

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Health News Florida
10:49 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Program Building 3-D Bionics for Kids Grows

Wyatt Falardeau got a Blue Man Group bionic arm from Limbitless Solutions, a UCF nonprofit.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:14 am

An Orlando nonprofit that 3-D prints free bionic arms for children is expanding. And to kick off the expansion, they gave a 3-D printed arm to autistic 12-year-old.

Wyatt Falardeau had his arm amputated shortly after birth. He’s a huge fan of Blue Man Group, and earlier this month, they gave him a new robotic arm.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Wyatt said.

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Health News Florida
10:40 am
Thu April 23, 2015

FL To Add 500 New Nursing Home Beds

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:42 am

 Nearly thirty companies will be competing to build new nursing homes in Florida. And with 1,700 applications for only about 500 new beds, competition will be fierce.

Florida just ended a 15-year moratorium on new nursing home construction.

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek said this could be the last big round of new nursing homes because of a cap.

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