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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.
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WATCH: MIT Just Invented SOFI: Soft Robotic Fish to Study Marine Life Up Close

A newly created, incredibly lifelike robot fish could potentially help scientists protect marine life ...

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STUDY: Diabetes May Be 5 Distinct Diseases, Not Just Type 1 & Type 2

Instead of two types of diabetes, there could actually be five — or even ...

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More Couples Are Choosing Not to Have Children Because of Climate Change

The U.S. birth rate has reached an all-time low, prompting some couples to admit ...

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PHOTOS: Scientists Are Now 3D Printing Synthetic Ears Made From Patients’ Own Cells

Children born with congenital deformities may soon receive new, lab-grown ears made from their ...

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STUDY: Lithium Chloride Discovered to Kill Mites in Honeybees

Mite infestations are killing bees throughout the U.S., but German scientists have just found ...

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STUDY: Sugar Maple Trees Are Under Threat From Climate Change

Two decades’ worth of forest data shows climate change is hurting sugar maples — ...