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Quirky Science

Gizmodo (web), March 2019

Urban areas are notoriously difficult to study.  Scientists in the UK have enlisted some fine feathered friends to help address the need for fine-scale data.  These pigeons and their backpacks can help us understand how air pollution moves around cities.


Photo credit: Rick Thomas

Mars 2020

Discover Magazine (web), October 2018

Who decides where to go on Mars?  It turns out that just like on Earth, there are always politics at play.  At the Mars 2020 Landing Site Workshop, scientists from around the world got together to argue the cases for each potential site.  Their decision will impact the future of Mars research for decades to come.


Photo credit: NASA/JPL

Personal Narrative

Caltech Magazine (print/web), Fall 2018

Self-driving robots are giving scientists an unprecedented look at some of the most inhospitable regions on Earth.  This personal narrative about my experience doing oceanographic research was originally written for Caltech Letters.  It was republished in print form with minor changes in the fall 2018 edition of Caltech Magazine.

Endangered Species

King5 TV (web), August 2018

In summer 2018, the world watched as a Southern Resident killer whale carried her dead calf for 17 days.  The stunning display of grief raised awareness of the plight of the critically endangered creatures.


Photo credit: Center for Whale Research

Climate Change

King5 TV (web), July 2018

Scientists at the University of Washington created an incredibly detailed set of predictions of future sea level rise scenarios along the Washington coast.  Although sea level will rise a relatively constant amount around the state, sinking or raising land will cause dramatic differences in how different areas are affected.


Photo credit: Carol Munro

Earth Science

King5 TV (web), July 2018

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is ripe for a massive earthquake—an event that hasn't happened in more than 300 years.  Smaller quakes, like the ones that occurred in July off the coast of California, give seismologists insight into what might happen when the Cascadia fault finally ruptures.

Photo credit: King5

Women's Health

King5 TV (web), July 2018

No one likes a pap smear.  Luckily, new research has shown that for women over 30 years old, a simple test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) is a more accurate way to screen for cervical cancer. 


Photo credit: Scientific Animations

Machine Learning

King5 TV (web), June 2018

Researchers at the University of Washington are using machine learning to take 2D video inputs of soccer matches and turn them into 3D projections.​  They hope that by the next men's world cup in 2022, you'll be able to put on a pair of goggles and watch the match play out on your coffee table.

Photo credit: King5

Forensics & Crime

King5 TV (web), June 2018

Twelve-year-old Michella Welch was murdered in Tacoma, Washington in 1986.  The trail went cold for more than 30 years until new DNA technologies, combined with traditional genealogy, led to a break in the case.  

Photo credit: King5

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