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This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger is talking about the Drosophila, often known as the fruit fly. You have probably seen these little guys before as they as they typically boast a pale yellow to reddish brown to black exterior with red eyes.

They can be found in deserts, tropical rainforests, cities, swamps and alpine zones. And that's just the tip of it, Dr. Marvin Druger tell us much more about these curious little insects.


Two professors studying the presence and impact of two toxic chemicals found in and around Onondaga Lake say more testing needs to be done to determine the concentrations on Murphy’s Island, where the county plans to extend a recreation trail.  So far, research indicates a relatively low risk if the contaminants are beneath the surface.

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Automotive Technology students at Onondaga Community College could be landing internships with a high-end electric vehicle company by the fall of 2018.  A letter-of-intent has been reached between the college and Tesla.  The company brought an EV worth about $147,000 to the college with doors that mechanically lift upwards.  Perhaps the white leather seats and large electronic dashboard will also draw you in.  However, if you’re an Automotive Technology student like Anton Prusakob, you look beneath the surface.

This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger is talking Thermodynamics and specifically Entropy. Entropy is a measure of the degree of disorder in any isolated system, high Entropy means greater disorder.

Hear Science on the Radio with Dr. Marvin Druger Wednesday evenings at 8:35 on WAER.


Cornell University, New York Sea Grant, and charter boat captains have teamed up on a high-tech mission to learn more about the behavior of King Salmon in the Lake Ontario ecosystem.  They’re already getting valuable information from pop-off satellite tags attached to the fish. 

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Dozens of environmental advocates gathered in front of Congressmember John Katko’s office today urging him to oppose a proposal that would open the door to oil and gas drilling in part of the arctic national wildlife refuge.  The measure is included in the tax reform bill being debated this week in congress.

Co-organizer of the rally Tara Miller with the group Defenders of Wildlife says any move to allow drilling off the pristine north slope of Alaska does not belong in the budget.

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A grassroots environmental group is asking Central New Yorkers to help the area earn a Guinness World Record title on Friday.  The goal is to distribute the most reusable shopping bags in 24 hours.  Mainstream Green founder and president Dana Johnston says they hope to give away 5,100 of the bags at Destiny USA during one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

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Now that the cold weather has settled in, furnaces across Central New York have been humming to keep us warm.  But for most of us, that natural-gas fueled heat source creates 37 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

Geothermal designer and expert Jay Egg says simple math shows the state can’t meet its goal of reducing emissions 50 percent by 2030 without moving away from fossil fuels.

In a talk at the Central New York Engineering Expo Monday, Egg assured the attendees that New York and most of the world are going geothermal, even if it’s not obvious.


Lobsters comprise a family of large marine crustaceans.

Lobsters have long bodies with muscular tails, and live in crevices or burrows on the sea floor. Three of their five pairs of legs have claws, including the first pair, which are usually much larger than the others. Highly prized as seafood, lobsters are economically important, and are often one of the most profitable commodities in coastal areas they populate

Find out even more about our little friend the Lobster this week with Dr. Marvin Druger on Science on the Radio.


Representatives from nearly ten local environmental and energy groups gathered Monday in Syracuse to discuss the best ways to expand upon a relatively untapped method of renewable energy for New York Dairy farms.  Ed Bogucz is with the Syracuse Center of Excellence. 

"Anaerobic digesters are a technology that take manure and convert that to gas, which can be used for heating or producing electricity.  It's a proven technology that's used around the world."