SCIENCE

South Hadley, Massachusetts author Enid Sichel holds her book, "Death And Turtles."
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Our summer fiction series continues with a mystery called "Death and Turtles." It takes place during the Depression -- 1934 -- in England. 

Remember acid rain? In the 1970s and ‘80s, scientists found that rain 100 times more acidic than normal was harming the mountain forests of New England and New York.

People detained at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on June 17, 2018.
Provided / U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector

A Harvard brain scientist who studies trauma in children is warning of lasting damage to the young migrants who've been separated from their parents at the border.

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.

Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.

Nurse Rachel Walker, demonstrating one of her inventions.
Heather Duggan / UMass

A UMass Amherst nursing professor has been named to a national panel of inventors -- the first nurse to be honored alongside engineers and computer scientists from companies like Microsoft and IBM.

Turkeys at the Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Patrick Randall / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/animaliaproject

State wildlife officials are asking for help from birders others in the outdoors as they try to estimate the number of turkeys in Massachusetts.

In the wake of the Parkland high school massacre, there's been renewed interest in "red flag" laws, which allow courts and police to temporarily remove guns from people perceived to pose a threat.

The new research offers insight into the laws' effect — and it may not be what you think.

"Although these laws tended to be enacted after mass shooting events, in practice, they tend to be enforced primarily for suicide prevention," says Aaron Kivisto, a clinical psychologist with the University of Indianapolis who studies gun violence prevention.

Pregnant woman.
Tatiana Vdb / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/kit4na

UMass researchers say taking short walks can increase the chance of getting pregnant, at least for some women.

The irony was hard to miss.

The Aquarium MBTA station was closed due to flooding, and the aquarium itself, nearby on Boston's Central Wharf, was closed out of caution for its visitors.

Progress continues on the MGM Springfield casino project as they look to the grand opening in five months. This is the view along Main Street looking south.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A new survey from Western New England University finds a majority of Springfield, Massachusetts, residents continue to support the MGM casino project downtown, 61 to 26 percent.

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