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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.

After Decades of Studying Pre-K, A Strong Message to Parents

An in-depth academic report offers proof that children who attend pre-K are more ready ...

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Mobile phones ruin family time, but don’t blame the kids

Cell phone use is just as big a problem as ever in families, and ...


Who is killing platypuses in Australia?

Three dead platypuses have shown up at a garden in Australia, and officials don’t ...

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There’s a parasite called rat lungworm and these newlyweds just got it

California newlyweds contract a parasitic worm, revealing a widespread problem in Hawaii.


Octogenarian Couple Donates $12mil in Insects

Two elderly entomologists have donated the largest private collection of insects in the world, ...

So, What Do Hotels Do with Their Used Soap?

An Orlando, Fla.-based company is recycling your used hotel soap into bars to send ...


World’s First Lab Grown Chicken Has Been Tested… And Tasted

A panel of tasters tried the latest lab-grown meats — and they loved it.


Harvard Thinks It’s Found the Next Einstein — and She’s 23

Harvard thinks a female 23-year-old Ph.D. candidate may be the next Einstein.


Adidas Is Making Clothes Out of Trash

Adidas and the Parley for the Oceans organization partner on a line of products ...