U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) http://kunc.org en Why Colorado Ranks Fifth In Lightning Damage Nationally http://kunc.org/post/why-colorado-ranks-fifth-lightning-damage-nationally <p>Warmer weather is coming, and that means thunderstorms. A new <a href="http://maps.google.com/gallery/details?id=z4f-ZuCLmiKg.k5QgnA8lQKYM&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Map</a> from the U.S. Geological Survey visualizes county-by-county data on lightning damage frequency. Northern Colorado's Front Range is a major target, and it's not just a coincidence.</p><p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 19:19:58 +0000 Dan Greenwood 54379 at http://kunc.org Why Colorado Ranks Fifth In Lightning Damage Nationally The Shutdown's Squeeze On Science And Health http://kunc.org/post/shutdowns-squeeze-science-and-health In addition to shutdowns of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/09/30/227884483/the-shutdown-a-guide-to-what-would-and-wouldnt-close">national parks</a> (including Alcatraz Island and Yosemite) and the supplemental nutrition program for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/10/01/228159840/shutdown-leaves-program-feeding-women-and-infants-in-lurch">women, infants and children</a>, the mandatory furloughs are affecting a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans">wide range of government</a> science and health agencies. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:52:00 +0000 50288 at http://kunc.org The Shutdown's Squeeze On Science And Health Can A Big Earthquake Trigger Another One? http://kunc.org/post/can-big-earthquake-trigger-another-one There's a joke among scientists: Prediction is difficult, especially about the future. For Ross Stein, it wasn't a joke after the Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004. It killed some 275,000 people. "I just felt almost a sense of shame," Stein says, "that this tragedy could have been so immense in a world where we have so much intense research effort."<p>Stein's a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey. He says quake experts have learned a couple of important things over the past few years. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 48706 at http://kunc.org Can A Big Earthquake Trigger Another One? Massachusetts Revives The Lost Art Of Making Sea Salt http://kunc.org/post/massachusetts-revives-lost-art-making-sea-salt "Look for a house, barn, paddock, barking dogs and screeching peacocks."<p>Those were Heidi Feldman's instructions to me to find Down Island Farm in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard, Mass.<p>She forgot to mention the ram, free roaming chickens and miniature horse. But I managed to find it anyway.<p>When I arrived, Feldman showed me her hoop house, where the island's newest star product is growing. The 14-by-3-foot wooden box is covered by a plastic arch and filled with about 3 inches of seawater, with small, filmy patches spotting the surface. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 07:18:00 +0000 47831 at http://kunc.org Massachusetts Revives The Lost Art Of Making Sea Salt La. Flood Board Sues Oil Industry Over Wetlands http://kunc.org/post/la-flood-board-sues-oil-industry-over-wetlands Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost roughly as much land as makes up the state of Delaware.<p>"If you put the state of Delaware between New Orleans and the ocean, we wouldn't need any levees at all," says John Barry, vice president of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. "There is this large buffer of land that has disappeared, and that buffer makes New Orleans much more vulnerable to hurricanes."<p>Barry's board has the job of maintaining and improving the levee system that the federal government fortified after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the city in 2005. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 07:38:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 47507 at http://kunc.org La. Flood Board Sues Oil Industry Over Wetlands