Recent studies have confirmed that microbes exist in the stratosphere, the atmospheric region between about 18 and 50 kilometers in altitude, a zone biologists have long thought uninhabitable. UW’s David Smith leads this search, along with researchers from ATMO and ESS. Read more about this exciting finding!
On a forested area some eight miles west of Monroe in Benton County, at the site of a proposed Bureau of Land Management timber sale, the professors — Norm Johnson of Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin of SEFS — are trying to show how their approach might help ease the gridlock that has paralyzed our federal forests for decades. Read this editorial on how their approach may revive logging, and forests.
“Celebrainstorm time, c’mon”! ScienceOnlineSeattle is wrapping up 2012 with a celebration and brainstorming event with our #soSEA community! Come out for an evening of discussion about all things science + online, share your thoughts about our events from this past year, and join us in coming up with more fantastic topics and stellar speakers for 2013. The celebration will not be livestreamed — but it will be live-tweeted!
If a space alien landed on our planet, what are the odds that s/he could breathe our atmosphere? High, according to scientists. Read about why they think that; ATMO‘s David Catling is quoted.
With the wet storms moving through Seattle, the skies are dark. Like, really dark. In fact, Monday was the second gloomiest day on record. Learn more about what that means here; ATMO‘s Mark Albright is quoted.
Well, maybe they didn’t celebrate — but biologists certainly took notice! A pair of Magellanic penguins have remained faithful to each other for 16 years, according to researchers who have been monitoring the birds. Read more about this happy feat here! UW professor Dee Boersma is one of the researchers.
On Monday morning, a 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck just on the Washington side of the Columbia River, in the Portland-Vancouver area. The quake did not lead to damage or injuries, due its deep epicenter. ESS‘ John Vidale is quoted; read more here.