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Massachusetts' three electricity companies have submitted their contracts to the state's Department of Public Utilities, after negotiating a rate of 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour with offshore wind company Vineyard Wind.

 

 

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On The Point, we talk about breast cancer, its prevalence on the Cape, risk factors, and prevention. According to the National Cancer Institute, after skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Approximately 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. 

State lawmakers worked until the last minute this week, scrambling to get a variety of bills passed before recessing until the end of the year. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about what lawmakers did— and didn't—get done. 

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The day I find the blueberries is hot. My computer malfunctions, protesting the heat, maybe, just in time for a looming deadline. I’ve brought my girls up the road to their grandparents, and I’m supposed to be working. I start repairs: a backup, new software, and finally, an operating system update. 3 hours to complete, the screen tells me.

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On this week's Looking Skyward: An underwater lake on Mars, Jupiter now has 79 moons, and NASA’s mission to learn more about the Sun.

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Entergy Corporation announced it will be looking to sell Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to Holtech International, a company they say is more experienced in nuclear decommissioning.

 

 

A growing body of evidence shows links between childhood adversity and illness, both physical and psychological. Research also shows adults who experienced toxic stress as children are at greater risk for chronic disease. 

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Astronomically speaking, we are only a third of the way through summer. But once August arrives, the term “late summer” starts to creep into our speech, and, to the dismay of school kids everywhere, back to school ads appear in the papers.

Fresh Sonic: 100 Years

Aug 1, 2018
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15 hours of sleep per day multiplied by 100 years...you do the math. 

Jazz on Cape Cod

Jul 31, 2018
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Now in its 14th year, the Provincetown Jazz Festival is known for bringing jazz musicians from around the world to venues on the Cape. This year, the festival highlights three musicians from the Bay State. We talk with the festival’s founder and jazz musician Bart Weisman about this year’s line up and the year round opportunities for hearing, performing and learning about jazz and jazz musicians.

Music is a part of life for many who call Martha’s Vineyard home, and not just those who play music professionally. James Taylor and Carly Simon come to mind, but the island’s rich and long legacy of music dates back to the original inhabitants, the Wampanoag, and continues on today. Music on Martha’s Vineyard, a History of Harmony is a new book co-authored by Thomas Dresser and Jerry Muskin. Mindy Todd interviews them on The Point.

A Summer Beach Without a Plover?

Jul 31, 2018
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For quite a few years I worked for Cape Cod National Seashore on its shorebird project, studying and protecting nesting terns and plovers.  It was always with trepidation that I stepped inside an “enclosed area”- delineated with “symbolic fencing”-posts and twine lines with surveyor’s tape-the domain of one of our subject birds, the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodius).  

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There are many private testing services that will decode your DNA, catalog the foreign chemicals in your blood, or identify the bacteria living in and on your body. So it might come as a surprise that if you sign up for an actual biomedical research study, you might not be privy to what the scientists learn about you.

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Over the past couple of weeks, both President Trump and Congress have proposed multiple changes to the Endangered Species Act. Those changes are controversial, but it’s worth noting this isn’t the first attempt to modify the Act. In fact, the Center for Biological Diversity says there have been more than 300 changes or proposed changes in the past two decades, and the pace has picked up in the past several years.

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Cape Cod is known for beaches, not rivers. But rivers are an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to understanding and addressing coastal water quality issues. And it turns out that the Cape’s rivers have been relatively neglected by scientists as well as the public. Not so anymore.

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