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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.
Lake Erie

PHOTOS: Algal Bloom Is Turning Lake Erie Bright Green

Algae blooms on Lake Erie threaten both native species and the region’s drinking water ...

monarch butterfly, monarch butterfly extinction

STUDY: West Coast Monarch Butterflies Could Be Extinct in as Little as 20 Years

Researchers use new statistical methods to unearth a sobering future for the iconic insect.

gut bacteria, multiple sclerosis

Two New Studies Find Link Between Gut Bacteria And Multiple Sclerosis

Two new studies find that transferring MS patients’ gut bacteria to mice results in ...

Earthquake

After Series Of Earthquakes Along Circum-Pacific Belt, West Coast Could Be Next

A series of Pacific earthquakes could have triggered each other, raising questions about a ...

Vitamin, B12, B6

Popular Vitamin Supplement Appears To Cause Lung Cancer In Men

Vitamins B6 and B12 are taken by many to increase energy, but it turns ...

probiotics sepsis deaths

The Key to Preventing Infant Deaths from Sepsis Could Be in Your Fridge

Probiotics have been found to reduce Indian infant deaths from sepsis by 40 percent.

Sponge

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

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, ...

Diamonds

Companies Can Now Turn Your Deceased Love Ones into Diamonds

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