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DRIVERLESS BUSES: The greatest gripe about driverless buses? No music, according to a group of Michiganders who tested some. That’s good news for officials worried about the public’s more substantive concerns about getting on a bus without a driver. State officials are cautiously experimenting with driverless shuttles on university campuses and elsewhere. One promising opportunity is their use by people with disabilities. For news, business and lifestyle sections. By Evan Jones. For CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
STATE INSECT: Michigan is one of only two states without a state insect, but a group of second graders want to change that. They’ve convinced lawmakers to introduce legislation to give the monarch butterfly that designation. The popular but threatened butterfly is already claimed by seven other states. And insect experts are lobbying for candidates more unique to Michigan. By Indri Maulidar. FOR ALL POINTS
W/1 MONARCH: Monarch butterfly. Credit: Pixabay
W/2 MAYFLY: Mayfly. Credit: Jakob Strauß from Pixabay
W/3 KARNER BLUE BUTTERFLY: Karner blue butterfly. Credit: Joel Trick, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
W/4 HUNGERFORD BEETLE: Hungerford’s crawling water beetle. Credit: Pixnio.
W/5 DRAGONFLY: Dragonfly. Credit: Mads Mortensen from FreeImages
W/6 EMERALD ASH BORER: Emerald ash borer. Credit: James E. Zablotny, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
W/7 DECLINE OF MONARCH GRAPH: The monarch butterfly has declined 80 percent in its overwintering grounds in Mexico over the past 20 years. Credit: Monarch Watch.
W/8 STUDENTS: Students from Gretchko Elementary School discuss the monarch butterfly with Sen. Rosemary Bayer. Credi: West Bloomfield School District via Facebook.
COFFEE: Coffee connoisseurs appear willing to pay a hefty premium — $1.31 more than the normal $2.51 price for a 12-ounce cup of pour-over joe — for java brewed with beans grown by farmer cooperatives. Increased consumer social consciousness is a factor, according to a new study conducted in a Lansing specialty coffee shop by Michigan State University agricultural economists. For news, business and lifestyle sections. By Eric Freedman. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
FISH HEAR BOATS: Fish can be deafened by boat noises, according to recent research. And that could harm their ability to reproduce. By Helen Korneffel FOR ALL POINTS.
W/BULLHEAD DISSECTION: Megan Mickle dissects a black bullhead ear in preparation for viewing sensory hair cell damage. Credit: Dennis Higgs.
W/BULLHEAD TRANSFER: Megan Mickle and Dennis Higgs transfer a black bullhead to the experimental testing arena. Credit: Dennis Higgs.
W/BULLHEAD EAR EXAM: Megan Mickle and Dennis Higgs examine bullhead ears for signs of sensory hair cell damage. Credit: Dennis Higgs.
W/BOAT NOISE SPECTORGRAM: Dennis Higgs and Megan Mickle analyze the spectrogram of boat noise in the Great Lakes. Credit: Dennis Higgs.
ALGAE MUSSEL DEATH: Scientists scrambling to manage the spread of non-native mussels harming the Great Lakes ecosystem may have hit on an unusual idea. Perhaps they can kill them with another Great Lakes headache, the algae that sometimes blooms too much and threatens water quality. Research found that chemicals produced by blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, are toxic to the larvae of invasive zebra and quagga mussels. By Indri Maulidar. FOR LUDINGTON, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, ALCONA, LEELANAU, OCEANA, BENZIE, HOLLAND, HARBOR SPRINGS AND ALL POINTS.
W/ALGAE MUSSEL DEATH PHOTO 1: A severe toxic algal bloom began spreading over the western basin of Lake Erie last July. Credit: NASA.
W/ALGAE MUSSEL DEATH PHOTO 2: Lead researcher Anna Boegehold during field work. Credit: Anna Boegehold.
W/ALGAE MUSSEL DEATH PHOTO 3: Clam Counter landing page, available in Play Store for Android phone and App Store for iPhone.