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Kat Merck

Kat Merck is a freelance writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. An amateur naturalist who studied forestry and natural resources at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, she writes on a wide range of topics for local and national publications.

You May Have Been Cleaning Your Sponge Wrong All This Time

Your dish sponge may actually be the least clean thing in your kitchen, according ...


Tesla Begins Installations of Its Solar Roof On Employees’ Homes

Tesla installs its first much-anticipated Solar Roof tiles on its CEO and CTO’s homes, ...


Companies Can Now Turn Your Deceased Love Ones into Diamonds

Swiss company Algordanza can turn your spouse, parent or pet into a real diamond.


Boxed Macaroni and Cheese Contains Phthalates––Should You Still Eat It?

Toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals are still finding their way into your food. The latest culprit? ...


The Bacteria in Your Gut Could Explain Your Mood

Scientists find a new link between human behavior and gut flora.


Forgetting Things Might Help You Make Smarter Decisions

Scientists have proven that being forgetful actually helps people make better decisions.


So… Is Coconut Oil Bad for You or Not?

It's been hailed as a superfood for years, but now the American Heart Association ...


The First Proposed “Space Nation” is Accepting Applications

No one took a Russian scientist’s proposed space kingdom seriously, but it’s about to ...


Why You Should Never Cheat a Raven

Much like primates, ravens are fast learners when it comes to avoiding those who ...