Science, Health, Tech | Delaware First Media
Delaware Public Media

Science, Health, Tech

Delaware Public Media's coverage of stories involving, science, health, medicine, technology and the environment.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Scientists say microplastics are everywhere—including in Delaware waterways. 

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

A local start-up lab is trying to build capacity for testing and remediating PFAS in the First State. 

Delaware Public Media

ChristianaCare joins health systems from around the country requiring staff to take the COVID vaccine. 

Delaware Public Media

Illicit fentanyl continues to accelerate overdoses in Delaware. 

Delaware Public Media

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is recruiting First State residents for its annual Oyster Gardening Program.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There are no confirmed human cases of West Nile in Delaware so far this year, but the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Tuesday the first detection of the virus in its sentinel chickens. 

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Last year Lewes saw 8 days of sunny-day or high-tide flooding—twice the annual average two decades ago. That number is expected to keep going up. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

While some parts of the country are reporting an increase in COVID cases, spread of the virus in Delaware has remained largely flat.

Delaware Public Media

A former Delaware doctor has been found guilty of unlawful distribution of drugs. 

Delaware Public Media

Delaware 211 has joined with the Unite Delaware Platform to expand resources to meet social care needs in the First State.


The state has issued an air quality warning for Wednesday.

Delaware Public Media

The company developing a wind farm off the coast of southern Delaware and Maryland is hoping to start a second one. It could be several times the size of the first. 

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

The state gets $50 million to put toward efforts to deal with contamination by a group of toxic legacy chemicals. It’s not determined yet how the money will be spent. 

X posid

Since May, wildlife officials and scientists along the East Coast and Midwest have been tracking a surprising number of sick or dying birds – but remain baffled by the cause.

Delaware has seen some cases reported locally and this week contributor Jon Hurdle takes a closer look at what we know and don’t know about this puzzling illness.

Beebe Healthcare / Beebe Healthcare

Beebe Healthcare is the first in the state offering a Hospital at Home program.


Sophia Schmidt / Delaware Public Media

Delaware’s main partner for COVID tests is switching to a nasal method starting Wednesday.

Centers for Disease Control

Ticks are active all year and can be found in all sorts of habitats, but this is considered tick season and DNREC is specifically cautioning people who venture into wooded areas.

Delaware Public Media

Delaware’s largest health system now offers care at the end of life. 

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Fewer than one in ten Delawareans who started a two-dose COVID vaccine missed their second shot. That’s better than the nationwide average.

Be careful in Sussex County this summer, two varieties of invasive poisonous plants have been spotted throughout the county.

Delaware Public Media

New data indicates, like many other states, diabetes continues to become more of a problem in Delaware.

It’s been seven years since public water utilities in New Castle shut down and treated drinking water wells after finding toxic PFAS chemicals in them.

But the state still doesn’t know for certain the source or extent of the groundwater contamination there.

As Delaware appears set to develop limits on PFAS chemicals in drinking water, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt updates how utilities and the state are managing PFAS pollution in New Castle.


This week was Pollinator Week—and pollinators play an important role in Delaware’s agricultural sector.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Government agencies and commercial operations will get access to better data about the currents in the Delaware Bay—thanks to a new radar installed on Lewes Beach. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations are the lowest they’ve been since the start of the pandemic. But the state continues to monitor breakthrough cases and the spread of variants.


Delaware is expected to have a hotter and wetter summer than normal. The projection comes on the tail of a warmer-than-average spring.

Kids Count / Annie E Casey Foundation

A study of children’s wellbeing shows Delaware improving in some areas, but getting worse in several others.

Brian Kushner/Flickr

A spring survey showed a decline in the number of red knots stopping along the Delaware Bay during their annual migration.

Some see that decline as troubling and seek stronger measures to protect the shorebird and horseshoe crabs that provide the eggs they feed on.

But contributor Jon Hurdle reports not everyone sees this latest data as reason to act.

Wikipedia Commons/pmjacoby

Cicadas are back this year.

The last time they appeared 17 years ago Lance Armstrong won his 6th Tour de France and Ruth Ann Minner was Delaware’s Governor.

Now the bugs have returned and are making noise in the northern part of the state - at least for a little while longer.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino spoke with University of Delaware entomology specialist David Owens about cicada Brood X.

Delaware State Univ.

A few years ago, we brought you a story on a tool to help fishers avoid accidentally catching the endangered Atlantic sturgeon.

This week, we have an update on the locally developed technology.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with University of Delaware postdoctoral researcher Matthew Breece and UD College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment professor Matthew Oliver about how the tool is used—and how it’s evolved since it was first released.