Health, Science and Environment

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An electrical cable that leaked hundreds of gallons of mineral oils into the Straits of Mackinac will be inspected – as soon as the weather clears up.

Activists Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have noticed that as the world changes, the idea of power is shifting. They argue that the forces behind this shift are either “wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated.”

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy?

Try Georgetown, Texas — a red town in a red state that’s going green.

Georgetown’s power company is owned by the city. And that allowed Mayor Dale Ross, who is described as “something of a libertarian at heart,” to make the move away from fossil fuels.

As Smithsonian Magazine reports:

Woolnough Lab - Central Michigan University

Rivers, streams, and lakes around the Great Lakes are full of mussels filtering our water to make it clean. But researchers say native mussel populations are in decline, largely driven by invasive zebra mussels.

New research out of Central Michigan University aims to reverse this trend.

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While the peak of flu season is behind us, health officials say there is still a wave of the flu virus moving through the state.