Gulf Coast Live


The majority of animals admitted to wildlife hospitals in Southwest Florida suffer from an illness or injury caused by a human. While most people don't intend to hurt wildlife, thousands of animals are admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital due to injuries from car accidents, accidental feedings, or unwanted interactions with windowsfishing lines, and more. That's on top of house pets who can't help but fall back on their natural instincts. We're joined by Joanna Fitzgerald and Colleen Cosgrove from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida who share tips on how you and your pets can keep from injuring wildlife as you enjoy the outdoors.

Dr. Gregory Erickson

How long would it take for a dinosaur egg to hatch? A study, led in part by Dr. Gregory Erickson at Florida State University, counted how long it took dinosaur "baby teeth" to develop in the egg to find out. The study, published in the journal PNAS, looked at two dinosaur species: Protoceratops andrewsi and Huypacrosarus stebingeri, studying how quickly the teeth developed in the egg, and how long those teeth would need to develop before the baby dino was ready to hatch. Dr. Ericskon explains his research methods and what went into the study. And he answers the question as to just how long dinosaur eggs took to hatch.

Nicholas Markart

Of all the film festivals held around the world each year, one holds a certain amount of prestige -- the Cannes Film Festival, which is held in a city of the same name in France. The international film festival was held for the 71st year this May, and at it, a film called “Peacekeeper” was screened. The 13-minute-long documentary is about the Dakota pipeline, and the response of the Native Americans who live on the land that would be developed for the project.

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According to a 2016 study in medical journal The Lancet global, universal breastfeeding would prevent about 800,000 child deaths every year around the world, and create $300-billion dollars in savings annually from lowered health care costs. And while the percentage of women who choose to breastfeed their child had dipped in the U-S, it’s been on the rise since the early 90s, and the trendline continues going up. Today is the last day of World Breastfeeding Week, a global effort to promote the benefits of breastfeeding, so we thought we’d spend a few minutes with two experts on the topic from Lee Health to talk about their efforts to help women before, during, and after giving birth, and to successfully breastfeed their babies. Dr. Carol Lawrence is a supervisor of Perinatal Practice, Education, Research, and Lactation; and Delilah Edwards is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Maternal Educator.

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We’re exploring an interesting technology story that’s been in the national, and international news: 3D printed guns. A Texas company called Defense Distributed wants to publish plans it created that allow people with certain kinds of 3D printers to make their own guns at home. A federal judge temporarily blocked the release last week after a number of states filed suit, arguing that the technology would allow criminals to build untraceable firearms. But, it might already be too late, the plans were downloaded more than 100-thousand times before being they were pulled and are already available elsewhere on the internet. Legal experts say this situation is pretty much uncharted territory with First Amendment implications. We’re joined by one of them, Dr. Pamela Seay, who is a professor of justice studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.