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A sample of hummus made by the Sabra Dipping Company tested positive for a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes  which has resulted in a nationwide recall.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is unsure if any of the contaminated hummus came to the First State.

Emily Knearl is a spokesperson for the DPH.


"We are in the process of looking if any of that hummus came to Delaware. But in the interim, out of an excess of caution, we are urging people to dispose or return to the grocery store the Sabra hummus," she said.

The Delaware Nature Society celebrated its 50th anniversary at Wednesday night’s annual meeting.

The state’s affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation spent the meeting recognizing various individuals who had done significant work for the organization, from advancing science to expanding education and outreach.

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The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, was reactivated last weekend after a two-year hiatus.


Before, it was powerful enough to detect the elusive Higgs boson particle, the discovery of which completed the standard model of physics. But now, scientists have doubled the Large Hadron Collider’s energy, in attempts to forge a new theory of physics.  

FAME Delaware

Six years ago, Congress and the iRobot corporation designated the second week of April as National Robotics Week to raise awareness of robots and their impact on society.

In recognition of National Robotics Week, STEM organization FAME - the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering - holds its fourth annual Delaware Robotics Day this Saturday at Barclays Bank in Wilmington.

As new federal flood insurance maps go into effect, 48 Delaware communities are updating their building code standards.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new flood insurance rate maps for all three counties over the past year.

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 Next month, the northern long-eared bat will officially gain status as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The decline of this bat species in the First State and beyond has been largely due the spread of a disease called white nose syndrome.

Volunteers needed for annual horseshoe crab census

Apr 1, 2015

DNREC and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve need volunteers aged 13 and older to help count horseshoe crabs for their annual census.

Maggie Pletta, education coordinator at DNREC says the crews will go out this spring during the evening high tides in May when activity is at its peak.

“Participants go out with a meter-by-meter square quadrant and every 20 meters they’ll lay down the quadrant and they will count how many male and female horseshoe crabs are there, as well as if there are any that are tagged, write those down.”

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New Castle County Department of Special Services will conduct a unique managed deer hunt in North Wilmington in an attempt to control the local deer population.


Due to an overpopulation of deer in northern Delaware, the New Castle County Department of Special Services, along with the Delaware Master Hunters Certification Program, will send registered hunters into the park near the Sharpley and Edenridge neighborhoods in an attempt to lower the deer population.

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A year ago, University of Delaware and DNREC announced they would work to expand the state’s electric vehicle charging station network, but that network won't be ready until later this year.

So, what’s it like to take an electric car on a long trip in Delaware now -- before the network is in place? Delaware Public Media’s science reporter Eli Chen followed a couple whose vacation plans involve taking their Nissan Leaf from the top of the state all the way down to the bottom.

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More than five years after the dunes near Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge were first breached by waters from the Delaware Bay, a massive effort to restore the preserve and hold back rising seas from a vulnerable area of the southern Delaware coast is about to begin.