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Evan Krape


Many of us can recall being fascinated with raindrops as kids. As it turns out, so are scientists. At University of Delaware, researchers have been watching raindrops fall from a tree canopy at a research site in Fair Hill, Maryland.

When raindrops fall, they might stop at the leaves of the tree canopy, drip down the stem of the tree, or fall through the canopy. The researchers focused on the latter scenario, which is known as “throughfall” to hydrologists.

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Ozone remains an issue in the First State according to the new American Lung Association “State of the Air” report.

For a seventh straight year, Delaware received an “F” for its number high ozone days.

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First State scientists who are looking to understand the brain, human or animal, will soon be in proximity to a tool that could enhance their research.

Delaware’s first functional magnetic resonance imaging instrument, or fMRI, is set to arrive at University of Delaware at the beginning of 2016.

NASA and H. Richer (University of British Columbia)

Last Friday, the Hubble Space Telescope celebrated its 25th anniversary.

During its time in space, the Hubble has sent back to Earth stunning images of outer space and helped astronomers make significant discoveries that can’t be accomplished with telescopes on the ground.

For astronomers, booking time with the Hubble Space Telescope can be a lot like trying to reserve a table a Michelin starred restaurant. Judi Provencal, an astronomer at University of Delaware, has used the Hubble to study white dwarfs, also known as dying stars.

Delaware tax filers who owed a penalty on their 2014 taxes for being uninsured or underinsured in 2014 have until Thursday to sign up for coverage for the rest of 2015 and lessen their penalty next year.

The special enrollment period is open to individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014, who owed the penalty when they filed their 2014 taxes, and who first became aware of the penalty while preparing their taxes after open enrollment ended Feb. 15.

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State agencies hosted a number of climate adaptation workshops for stakeholders at Del Tech’s Terry campus on April 27.


The event focused on the recommendations put forth by the Climate Framework for Delaware that Governor Markell announced in early March. Topics covered included as improving energy efficiency in schools and the effects of climate change on agriculture.

Dr. Gerald J. Kauffman/University of Delaware Water Resources Center

Dozens of dark shapes gliding through White Clay Creek would have been easily overlooked by nearby golfers unless they were aware of the historical, environmental, and cultural significance of what was passing by their greens.

The creatures were shad, a formerly abundant species of fish whose advance guard swam along a stretch of the creek near Delaware Park Racetrack on April 18 for the first time since 1777.

Carol Colton lab, Duke University

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Among the top ten causes of death in the United States, it’s the only cause that can’t be cured, slowed or prevented, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

But scientists now are making significant strides in figuring out what’s behind the disease.

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The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services kicked off its new underage drinking prevention campaign on April 23.

The campaign aims to prevent underage drinking in children ages 12 to 20, and binge drinking in young adults under age 25. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more beers in one sitting for males and four or more for females.

"Alcohol poisoning is so, so dangerous at any age but indeed with children and young adults up the age of 25, it becomes more serious as their brains continue to develop," said Landgraf.

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The avian flu has wreaked havoc in many poultry farms across the country. Cases of the H5N2 virus have been found in 16 states, in the West, Midwest and the Mississippi flyway.

While no cases of avian flu have been reported in Delaware, Dan Shortridge, spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture, said that Delaware is well-prepared to respond.