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Some species struggle to adapt to climate change Change is afoot. Climate patterns across the globe are shifting as the planet steadily warms. That climate change is occurring is largely a settled issue in the scientific community. The debate has … Continue reading
As we learn in our earliest playground adventures, cheaters are out there trying to exploit the labor of others. Cheaters want to prosper, and sometimes they do. For every Bernard Madoff languishing in prison, there could be another languishing in … Continue reading
A plume of magma may explain North America’s odd geology Earth’s active geologic processes are a blessing and a curse. They help sustain life. Yet, the last sign I saw as I entered the Washington State Fair this summer pointed … Continue reading
Seattle Center is a 74-acre complex of theaters, music halls, parks, sport facilities, museums, and restaurants tucked neatly within Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. The iconic Space Needle, crown jewel of the facility since the 1962 World’s Fair, hugs the … Continue reading
The solar system’s early days were chaotic. Our celestial neighborhood began as a rotating cloud of gas and dust. Some 4.6 billion years ago, the massive center of this cloud condensed into the sun. Leftover gas and dust, spurred by … Continue reading
Another Earth, full of life. The idea inspires awe and wonder, as well as sober reflection on the savage thrashing we give our own blue oasis. These notions are fuel for science fiction. But recent missions have inched Earth-like planets … Continue reading
Humanity leaves a great deal of collateral damage in its wake. From Fukushima Daiichi to climate change, destruction is often the common denominator of our footprints. With extinctions on the rise and ecological communities threatened from the Arctic to the … Continue reading