Science /Environment
7:02 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Recycling Program to Start Tuesday at Paradise Fossil Plant

TVA is unveiling a new program, designed to encourage paper and aluminum recycling at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. The facility in the bluegrass state is the first of  four in the Southeast starting such programs.

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8:01 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Forest Service Extends Cave and Mine Closures

The USDA Forest Service is extending mine and cave closures to help protect bats, in the fight against white nose syndrome. The disease is expected to spread to caves and abandoned mines in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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Science /Environment
6:40 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Mammoth Cave National Park Making Use of Low-emission Vehicles

Mammoth Cave National Park is making use of some new propane-fueled vehicles, thanks to a partnership between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program. The vehicles are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the park.

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Energy Conservation Message
1:12 pm
Sat March 31, 2012

Lights Dimmed at State Capitol Saturday

In recognition of "Earth Hour" activities around the world, lights on the State Capitol in Frankfort were dimmed for one hour Saturday. "Earth Hour" is an international program backed by the World Wildlife Federation, to recognize the need to conserve energy and protect the environment.

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Bat Malady in Park Cave
10:15 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

White Nose Confirmed in Smokies

Smoky Mountains National Park
National Park Service

Biologists in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have confirmed that two bats found in a park cave have white-nose syndrome. The fungus that causes the disease had been found earlier in the Smokies.

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Researchers Gather at Mammoth Cave
8:05 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference Underway at Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave
Vickie Carson

Professional archaeologists in Kentucky are sharing research and project updates this weekend at Mammoth Cave National Park. The conference, which runs through noon Sunday, is co-sponsored by the WKU Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archeologists, and the WKU Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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9:45 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Deadly Disease Affecting Bats Found in Northwestern Kentucky

A bat with white-nose bat syndrome

A disease that has killed millions of bats in eastern North America has been found in three central Kentucky caves.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources says three common bat species tested positive for the fungus responsible for white-nose syndrome. The species are the Northern long-eared, tri-colored and little brown bats.

The caves are privately owned and not open to the public. The department says they are northeast of Hardinsburg in Breckinridge County.

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7:58 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Study Says Air Quality in Bowling Green has Improved

TSI Sidepak, used to monitor indoor air quality
WKU Public Radio

A new study indicates that air quality in Bowling Green Hospitality venues has improved since a smoke-free ordinance took effect last spring. The new study, which was funded by the Kentucky Cancer Consortium and the Barren River Area Health Department, found an 83 percent decline in indoor air pollution since the smoke-free ordinance was established.

Ten hospitality venues were monitored in the study, using a device called a TSI Sidepak. That device monitored air quality every sixty seconds in the venues included in the report.

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Getting Children Vaccinated
9:19 am
Wed August 25, 2010

Kentucky Research Shows No Benefit to Delaying Childhood Vaccinations

Bowling Green, Ky – Delaying the vaccinations a child is to receive in the first year of life has no positive impact on that child's cognitive development. That's the conclusion of research conducted at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and published in the journal Pediatrics. Researcher Dr. Michael Smith spoke to WKU Public Radio about the study, and WKU Nursing Instructor Deanna Hanson described the negative consequences of delaying or forgoing vaccinations.

The Human Brain
8:12 am
Tue March 17, 2009

Vanderbilt Researchers Learning How We Arrive at Legal Decisions

Nashville, TN – All over the world, scientists are trying to unlock the secrets of the human brain. At Vanderbilt University in Nashville, researchers are engaged in cutting-edge experiments designed to reveal how we arrive at legal decisions, such as guilt and innocence. As Kevin Willis reports, the research could help us understand how juries and judges administer verdicts.