05.29.2016

05.29.2016

Today’s Buzz features Eagles totally own’n drones, Lake Mead’s disappearing act, and a clever use for Detroit’s invasive plants.  Anything in the buzz pique your interest? Just Bing Google it. Or you know, just click on the links. Whatever.
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Right Now with Ian Davidson

What I’m Doing: Recovering from my sunburn…again. One of these days I will learn what sunscreen is…

What I’m Listening to: the coos of my newborn

What I Want to Know From You: Bing or Google?

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We’re Buzzin’

Dutch Firm Trains Eagles to Take Down High-Tech Prey: Drones When small, off-the-shelf models pose security or other threats, birds have the advantage of grounding them without a potentially dangerous crash.

Endangered tigers under threat in Indian forest that inspired ‘The Jungle Book’: Despite global population gains for the big cats, they remain vulnerable to poachers and development, and a reserve shudders over six deaths.

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Nominations for the 1st Annual “Trending Now” Award – Updated 5/27 at 1:43 p.m.

Knope of the Week: Trevor Minyard, City of McKinney, TX

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Judge bashed by candidate orders release of internal Trump University records: The order, which includes “playbooks” on how to market high-priced real estate courses, came the same day that Donald Trump railed against the judge and questioned whether his Hispanic heritage made him biased.

Be Like Bernie: Sanders Looks To Spread His Political Wealth: He’s beginning to expand his political network by helping upstart progressive congressional candidates and state legislators, lending his fundraising prowess and national fame to boost their bids.

Watch Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the US, shrink dramatically over 15 years: Earlier this week, I wrote about how Lake Mead, America’s largest man-made reservoir, has shrunk to its lowest level ever. It’s a huge deal for the 25 million people in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico who depend on freshwater from this crucial system.

ObaWorried little environmentalist just wants to save the planet: How do you save Mother Nature from the bad guys? Yell in their ears, obviously. This little kid, who probably just learned about environmental distress in school, is beside himself about the damage we’ve done — and are still doing — to the planet.

Dreams Stall as CUNY, City’s Engine of Mobility, Sputters: Michelle Obama is to deliver a commencement address at ‘the poor man’s Harvard,’ where critics say a funding crisis is threatening its mission.

Drought and ‘Rice First’ Policy Imperil Vietnamese Farmers: The Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s premier rice growing region, is suffering its worst drought since at least 1926, and saline water has swept farther up the delta than ever.

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Ambulances, in place of ‘caged police car,’ to carry people in mental health crisis: State approves new rules to allow police to transfer involuntary mental health holds to ambulance providers, who can offer secure transport to hospitals for people suffering mental health problems.

New Bus Service to Alleviate Congestion Between Portland and Multnomah Falls: Even natural attractions outside of urban areas have parking shortages and congestion problems.

Orlando’s Stadium Finds a New Route to Public Funding: The owner of the MLS’s Orlando City soccer team has found an innovative way to finance his team’s new $156 million stadium, funded by foreign buyers of American green cards.

Turning Detroit’s Invasive Plants Into Community-Building Art: A 2015 installation. (Courtesy of Megan Heeres) You might find Megan Heeres steaming woody honeysuckle stems or chopping handfuls of garlic mustard. That’s the first step towards turning the stubborn invasive plants into sheets of paper.