Science & Enviroment

Bowling ball commemorates eclipse in Hopkinsville

Aug 14, 2017
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

 With two minutes and 40 seconds of totality, Hopkinsville, Ky. is center stage for next week’s solar eclipse, and there is no better way to celebrate two large spheres than with a single small one.

From outer-space moonshine to scuba diving downtown, the city has found some pretty quirky ways to celebrate, but Solar Eclipse Marketing and Events Consultant Brooke Jung thinks the solar eclipse bowling ball may be the most unique.

“That’s something I don’t know that any other community can say they have,” she said.

An Indianapolis charter school will be one of the first in the country to use a virtual reality program to teach science to high school students.

Hope Academy, on the city’s far northeast side, is purchasing the software and curriculum from a tech-startup to supplement its traditional classroom teaching.

And, no, we’re not talking about Sonic the Hedgehog.

An exhibit at the Indiana State Fair allows visitors to hear how the Hoosier State has changed over the last two centuries, thanks, in part, to a new branch of science —soundscape ecology.

“We use sounds to tell us about landscapes and the animals that reside there and how places change over time,” says Ben Gottesman, an ecologist at Purdue University.

Indiana Law Could Ruin Solar's Future At Schools

Aug 9, 2017

More groups – from utilities to businesses and even schools — are investing in solar energy. Its popularity continues to go up, while costs go down. But a law passed earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly could spell trouble for the industry.

Take, for example, Tri-Creek School Corporation’s solar experiment.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says officials will work to help displaced families from a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago.

Carson met privately Monday with some residents and local lawmakers near the now-empty West Calumet Housing Complex. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland joined the discussion.