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Warm winter temperatures in February prompted many seals to start their migration north early, and they are now in peak migration season.



Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute Director Suzanne Thurman estimates well over 100 seals have made their way north through Delaware since late February.

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Upcoming missions to the moon and Mars require spacesuits that can work in higher gravity environments.



Delaware’s own ILC Dover has provided NASA with spacesuits since the Apollo mission, and they sent a next generation spacesuit to NASA to be tested.


In 1999, a University of Delaware professor discovered a red dwarf star 235 trillion miles away from Earth.


But little did he know that almost 20 years later, a NASA telescope would reveal seven potentially Earth-like planets surrounding that star.



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President Trump has started the process to repeal a piece of the Clean Water Act. And some First State wetlands could be left unprotected.


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Local environmental groups joined Wilmington city officials and businesses on a walking tour Wednesday to tout the benefits the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, has provided the state’s largest city.


Stephanie Herron, the outreach coordinator with the Delaware Sierra Club, said environmental outreach in Delaware is important because the state’s location along the coast makes it particularly vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise.  


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A portion of Cape Henlopen State Park are closed until the fall to give threatened and endangered birds the space nest.

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Many anglers have already taken advantage of February’s warm weather to get out and fish, but that doesn’t mean there’s isn’t excitement for this weekend’s official downstate trout season opening.

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An unusually warm winter with low snowfall totals this year means many children haven’t had the chance to get out and build a snowman.


There is no such thing as a typical winter in Delaware and Associate State Climatologist Kevin Brinson said winters in the First State normally produce varying snow totals.

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Three years ago wasn’t the first time cancer entered the household of Gregg and Stacey Bacchieri. 


The Kennett Square, Pa residents had been through it before, when Stacey was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago.

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Fish can tell by the way a coral reef smells whether or not it’s the perfect home for them, and University of Delaware researchers want to learn more about how that works.