The New Guinea flatworm in New Caledonia. Scale is in centimeters. CLAIRE GOIRAN

Invasive New Guinea Flatworm Has Made Its Way to Florida

BY DOUGLAS MAIN, Newsweek, June 24, 2015 – Researchers from around the world reported findings of flatworms in the new areas, after which they sent photographs and DNA samples to Justine in Paris for his confirmation. The flatworm (Platydemus manokwari) has few natural predators outside of New Guinea, and it likely will have no predators in the United States, Justine says. It gobbles up soil-dwelling invertebrates like snails, which could have a big impact on the environment. “It will not make […]

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Photographers love the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. (Photo Snowmanradio via Wikipedia.)

St. Augustine Alligator Farm: Superb bird rookery at historic attraction

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com,June 24, 2015 – For years, I’ve seen stunning photographs of birds taken at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm rookery. Meanwhile, my love of things Old Florida means I am always intrigued by surviving vintage roadside attractions. So when I visited St. Augustine this June, I needed to check out the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The historic marker out front confirmed the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is […]

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP Agriculture Specialists at Miami Seaport Catch First-in-Nation Pest

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) agriculture specialists at the Miami Seaport intercepted an unusual pest identified as Lissomus sp. in the family Elateridae during an intensive inspection of a container of ginger from Ecuador. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed this week that this marks the first nationwide interception of this pest. Insects in the family Elateridae are commonly known as click beetles because of their unusual click mechanism.  A spine […]

St. Sebastian River (Photo by Kyle Gabriel)

Roughing it: St. Sebastian River Preserve

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 18, 2015 – There are no fancy entrance gates, nor is there a groomed campground within the preserve. To get there, you travel on unpaved roads that require deft handling. Other than a buffer road along the C-54 canal, which divides the park, motorized vehicles are prohibited. But you can hike here.  You can hike until you drop — on 60 miles of trails through 22,000 acres of wilderness, trails that are also open to mountain bikes […]

An illustration of saltwater intrusion. (Courtesy: floridaswater.com)

South Florida winning war against saltwater intrusion, but it’s not cheap

By Ann Henson Feltgen, FloridaBulldog.org, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 18, 2015 – Saltwater intrusion leading to contaminated drinking water wells has long been feared in South Florida. But, billions spent on measures to protect our water supply — mostly paid for by utilities and their customers — have paid off so far. The invisible underground barrier separating salt and fresh water is holding saltwater back to the 1995 boundary or even farther east, scientists say. “This is a success,” said U.S. […]

Chill at a Florida spring: This is Rock Spring Run at Kelly Park

Six cool outings for hot Florida weekend getaways

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 17, 2015 – It’s hot, but that doesn’t mean you have to seal yourself in air conditioning for the next five months. You can enjoy the natural and authentic Florida, even in the summer. Here are six weekend outings that are perfect for a hot, sunny summer weekend: 1. Bicycling. Try Jupiter Island. Why is it cool? The tree-shaded road on Jupiter Island gets ocean breezes. As long as you keep peddling, you stay […]

Scientists discover a protein that silences the biological clock

Scientists discover a protein that silences the biological clock

By Tim Stephens, HealthCanal, June 14, 2015 – A protein associated with many kinds of cancer cells was found to suppress the circadian clock, with implications for cancer biology and the workings of the clock itself A new study led by UC Santa Cruz researchers has found that a protein associated with cancer cells is a powerful suppressor of the biological clock that drives the daily (“circadian”) rhythms of cells throughout the body. The discovery, published in the June 4 issue […]

Keele University

15-Year-Old Boy Discovers New Planet 1,000 Light-Years From Earth

By Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post, June 11, 2015 – This is Tom Wagg. He’s an avid space buff, and at the age of 15, he achieved something most astronomers can only dream of. He discovered a new planet. According to the U.K.’s Keele University, Wagg was engaged in a work-experience program at the college two years ago when “he spotted the planet by finding a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it.” […]

Florida Department of Health failing to respond to credible reports of cancer clusters

Florida Department of Health failing to respond to credible reports of cancer clusters

By SaintPetersBlog, Guest Author, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 10, 2015 – This is a story about pediatric cancer clusters in Florida. It begins in Durham, N.C., at Duke University, where Dr. David Banks is a professor in the Department of Statistical Science. In 2013 Dr. Banks was the new editor of Statistics and Public Policy, a journal of the American Statistical Association. In early February, Banks gave a speech to the Florida Chapter of the ASA at the University of West […]

Staff and volunteers with the Coral Restoration Foundation organize staghorn coral clippings g output.  (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Florida Keys Coral Reef Restoration “Plantapalooza” (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, June 9, 2015 – KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — In recognition of World Oceans Day, the Florida Keys-based Coral Restoration Foundation staged its first-ever “Plantapalooza” Monday during which CRF staff, interns, board members and volunteers planted 1,600 reef-building staghorn corals in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Some 70 divers sowed corals at six Upper Keys sites including Molasses Reef, Carysfort Reef, Grecian Rocks, Little Conch Reef, Snapper Ledge and Pickles Reef. “It’s really important to to […]

Flamingos have returned to a remote site in Palm Beach County for nine years. (Photo courtesy South Florida Water Management District.)

Flamingos in Florida: Back for good? Birders can see them in spring

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 8, 2015 – For years, the only flamingos in Florida were at zoos, Hialeah Race Track or decorated people’s lawns. Today, however, the Audubon Society says flamingos are back, and maybe for good. Instead of random sightings, Audubon reports a flock of migrating flamingos has returned to the same spot in Florida for nine springs now. In 2014, 147 were counted. In 2015, there were eight. Still, says Mark Cook, lead scientist of Everglades […]

Best mango recipes: Mango BBQ sauce,  chutney, daiquiris, & bread

Best mango recipes: Mango BBQ sauce, chutney, daiquiris, & bread

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 1, 2015 – Dozens are heaped on my counters. My freezer is full of mango chutney and jars of mango jelly. I gave away 50 or 60 yesterday by handing a bag of mangoes to every member of my book club as they left. My book club menu included chicken breasts in a mango chutney sauce, a fruit salad starring mangoes, mango bread baked as muffins and ended with a new recipe I […]