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ELi ON EARTH: Time Change Will Help the Lazy of East Lansing See Zodiacal Light

Monday, March 9, 2015

Image, courtesy of NASA: City lights are at the horizon on the left, zodiacal light is the faint, white light that starts in the center and angles up and left, while the light of the Milky Way starts in the center and angles up and right. 

In the astronomical spring days, about an hour before dawn, the observant East Lansing resident has a shot at seeing zodiacal light in the east.

ELi ON EARTH: Snow Sowing Time in EL

Monday, February 2, 2015

Image: The author sowing seeds the day before the big snow.

If you are tired of winter and cannot make the trip south to warmer climes, you can still begin some spring activities right here in East Lansing. It may not be warm outside, but there are some seeds that do well planted in the snow. Snow planting is as simple as putting the seeds in the snow where you would otherwise plant them in the dirt.

MSU Running Club Braves the Cold

Monday, January 26, 2015

MSU Running Club bears the cold

Students bundled in heavy winter jackets, hats, gloves, and boots give them weird looks. Passengers sipping coffee in toasty cars stare at them. People on the busses shiver slightly when they watch them run by.

CITY OF THE SMARTS: Meet the Glacier That Made East Lansing

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This is Geography Awareness Week, and so MSU’s Geography Chairperson, Prof. Alan Arbogast, wants you to be aware of geography. Explains Arbogast (shown above), geographers like him “think about location—where things are—but we also think about place. By ‘place’ we mean what makes a place distinctive. What makes it funky? Unique? Different? What makes it feel the way it feels?”

ASK ELI TO INVESTIGATE: Unidentified Pink Object

Friday, October 17, 2014

On Fridays, ELi runs a feature called Ask ELi to Investigate in which we answer a question from a reader. Last week we answered a question about BWL finances. Several readers have submitted other important political and economic questions, and we are working on those and will bring you answers in the coming weeks. As we work on those, this week we offer you a lighter Ask ELi.

Artistic Bike Racks Coming Downtown

Monday, October 13, 2014

Six new works of art that will double as bicycle racks are to be celebrated at an East Lansing ribbon-cutting event next week. Ami Van Antwerp, Communications Coordinator for the City, estimates that the $20,000 project will net “at least 10 new [bicycle] parking spaces” downtown. According to Van Antwerp, “There are a couple of situations where we are replacing deteriorating hoops with the new artistic bike racks.”

Looking Glass Logjams Cleared, But More to Do

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A float in a canoe or kayak just a few miles north of East Lansing on the Looking Glass River conjures up wilderness areas one might associate with being “up north”—except there are usually more buildings on the rivers up there. It is not uncommon on a paddle along the Looking Glass to see no other human for hours at a time. What you often will see are sandhill cranes, kingfishers, cedar waxwings, great blue herons, woodpeckers of multiple species, muskrat, and the occasional raccoon enjoying an afternoon nap in a snag.

Outdoor Cafes Busy in Fall

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Perhaps because we have serious winters in East Lansing, when the weather is nice the outdoor cafes and pubs fill up. The current stretch of temperate, dry weather led this reporter to ask a non-scientific sample of locals for their two or three favorite places to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of beer outside.

With Deer Come Tick-Borne Diseases

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A field team associated with Dr. Hickling collects and analyzes ticks

This is an interview between Alice Dreger for ELi and Dr. Graham Hickling, an ecologist at the University of Tennessee who specializes in emerging wildlife diseases and their interface with humans and domestic animals. Hickling is a former resident of East Lansing and he continues to collaborate with faculty and students from Michigan State University to conduct annual fieldwork in Michigan. This interview, conducted by email, has been lightly edited for clarity with the final version approved by the interviewee.


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