cs130717 http://wkar.org en Current State #128 | July 17, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-128-july-17-2013 <p>Today on<a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"> <em>Current State</em></a>: hydrogen-fueled cars; new research on mental illness; <em>Neighbors in Action</em> features Eaglevision Ministries; bats in backyards and a book on poet Sylvia Plath.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:12:46 +0000 Current State 39286 at http://wkar.org Auto industry ramps up hydrogen battery effort http://wkar.org/post/auto-industry-ramps-hydrogen-battery-effort <p></p><p>As emission standards tighten around the world, auto manufacturers are ramping up research and development of hydrogen fuel cells.&nbsp;&nbsp; Last week, <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130702/AUTO0103/307020061">General Motors announced</a> a new seven-year joint effort with Honda to develop such vehicles.&nbsp; It’s the latest in a series of similar alliances involving manufacturers. &nbsp;<br> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:11:45 +0000 Current State 39273 at http://wkar.org Auto industry ramps up hydrogen battery effort New research points to potential source of mental disorders' symptoms http://wkar.org/post/new-research-points-potential-source-mental-disorders-symptoms <p></p><p>The process of diagnosing, classifying and treating mental illness is incredibly complex and often controversial. The recent debate surrounding the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders illustrates how difficult it can be to get a handle on what causes the symptoms of mental illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.<br> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:08:25 +0000 Current State 39275 at http://wkar.org New research points to potential source of mental disorders' symptoms Neighbors in Action: Eaglevision Ministries http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-eaglevision-ministries <p></p><p>In the heart of Lansing, <a href="http://www.eaglevisionministries.org/">Eaglevision Ministries</a> is giving back to the community by helping some of the hardest hit people in the area find stability and employment – from youths to veterans to those recently released from jail or prison.<br> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:06:17 +0000 Current State 39278 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Eaglevision Ministries The benefits of bats in your backyard http://wkar.org/post/benefits-bats-your-backyard <p></p><p><br>Humans have had a mixed relationship with bats over the centuries. People tend to dislike or fear them, but bats may gain more fans in Michigan this summer because of their phenomenal capacity for eating mosquitos.<br><br>WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Phil Brodak, the proprietor of <a href="http://www.batsbirdsyard.com/">Batsbirdsyard.com</a>,&nbsp; based in southeast Michigan, about the business of attracting bats to backyards.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:05:14 +0000 Current State 39280 at http://wkar.org The benefits of bats in your backyard Book sheds new light on a tragic poet's life http://wkar.org/post/book-sheds-new-light-tragic-poets-life <p></p><p></p><p>Most people don't think of happiness when they think of Sylvia Plath, but a new book aims to round off the perception of the tragic poet. Elizabeth Winder's "<a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Pain-Parties-Work-Elizabeth-Winder/?isbn=9780062085498">Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953,</a>" covers a joyful month-long period in Plath's life as she dated, worried about clothes and makeup and worked as an intern.<br><br><em>WKAR</em> book reviewer Lev Raphael speaks with Melissa Benmark about his impressions of the book.<br>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:04:18 +0000 Current State 39281 at http://wkar.org Book sheds new light on a tragic poet's life