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

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If you’ve ever donated blood, you know it’s a labor of love mixed with a sense of duty. But a little competition doesn’t hurt either. 


Courtesy of Michael Gitcho / DSU

Scientists understand the pathology behind Alzheimer’s Disease, knowing that age is the greatest risk factor. But we don’t know why the brain deteriorates and the disease begins to progress between the ages of 60 and 70.



Brendan Reynolds

Much to the horror of environmentalists, President Donald Trump has proposed zeroing the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay program out of the federal budget. Congress recently passed a spending measure that keeps money flowing to it, but that’s only good until September.

With that in mind, reporters for Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative decided to see what that would mean in practical terms for the Bay clean-up.

Joel McCord, from WYPR in Baltimore, starts with a look at stream restoration efforts.

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

Science can be complicated, and often difficult to explain, especially to kids.

The University of Delaware is trying to tackle that issue by bringing science, art, and psychology students together in a new course. Their assignment: create storybooks aimed at clearly explaining scientific research on an invasive fish to children ages 3 to 6.

Delaware Public Media’s Katie Peikes recently visited the UD’s Morris Library to watch librarians read some of the books to their target audience.

Courtesy of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays Facebook page.

Authorities say an injured thresher shark was spotted stuck on the rocks in the Indian River Inlet earlier this week. 



Department of Health and Human Services

Aetna’s decision on Wednesday to pull out of Delaware’s Affordable Care Act marketplace will most likely mean higher rates and less options for people who rely on the exchange for health insurance.

Health insurer Aetna announced late Wednesday it will not be participating in Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace in 2018.


Courtesy of the CDC

Some predict this could be a banner year for ticks and the diseases they carry, but state health officials say it’s too early to panic.

Courtesy of MERR Institute

Over the last month-and-a-half, the Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute has responded to a flurry of strandings - from seals and harbor porpoises to humpback whales.

James Morrison / Delaware Public Media

Delaware is sinking an historic WWII ship off the coast of Fenwick Island Wednesday to create a new home for sea life.