It’s not unusual to see people taking photos, but more and more these days the camera is turned toward the photographer. Two CMU professors have authored a new study on why people are so attached to the ‘selfie’. Read more
The Spiny Waterflea is usually found in the open water of the Great Lakes but now it can be found infesting local streams and ponds.
Steven Pothoven (Pot-hoven) is a fishery biologist at NOAA.
He says that even though the invasion can’t be stopped, it’s not the end of inland waterways or the Great Lakes.
“I think they reflect the ecosystems in the Great Lakes that are really disrupted from invasive species. They may not cause the collapse of something, but they disrupt things and they make that ecosystem less stable than it would be if they weren’t in there.”
Pothoven says waterfleas won’t outright destroy a habitat, but they make it more difficult for smaller fish to survive and thrive.
He says waterfleas throw a monkey wrench into food webs by devouring zooplankton which is the main food source for small fish.
Pothoven says the waterflea was initially introduced to the Great Lakes in the mid ‘80s by boat ballast dumping. By the late ‘80s the small crustacean could be found in every Great Lake.
State and local health officials are keeping watch over 10 people who very recently visited western Africa.
Governor Rick Snyder says he’s relieved the Detroit bankruptcy trial is over and he’s looking forward to a judge’s decision late next week. The governor says he’s pleased that city pensioners and creditors agreed to settle, as an alternative to drawn-out litigation. Read more
Michigan’s sugar beet crop is being harvested right now growers are expecting a record crop.
Reports out of Ohio are claiming Emerald Ash Borers have been found feeding on non-Ash trees.
On Election Day, eleven Michigan cities will consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana. That’s the largest number of municipalities to consider the question in a single election in Michigan. Read more
The report from the organization ‘Common Cause’ evaluated 10 battleground states on how closely they’re following recommendations from a presidential commission on elections.