A Box of Memories and Remembering “One Small Step”

A Box of Memories and Remembering “One Small Step”

As a ten-year-old science nerd, excitement during the days leading up to July 20, 1969, eclipsed that of the Superbowl, the World Series, or any other normally major event. All of the steps taken by scientists and engineers, and all the daunting hours of work and...
The Murky Future of Our Wild Rivers: 3

The Murky Future of Our Wild Rivers: 3

Part 3: Bristol Bay, Trolls, and the Pebble Mine    The third and final post of this blog series focuses on a concentration of wild rivers located in Bristol Bay at the northeastern end of the Alaskan peninsula. This watershed supports the world’s largest...
The Murky Future of Our Wild Rivers: 2

The Murky Future of Our Wild Rivers: 2

Part 2: A Long Stretch of Rough Water.   The West Coast’s wild rivers served as the lifeblood of indigenous tribes for thousands of years before the first settlers arrived. Coastal tribes relied on massive migrations of salmon for subsistence, and mountain tribes...
The Murky Future of Our Wild Rivers: 1

The Murky Future of Our Wild Rivers: 1

Part 1: It’s All About the Fish.   We stood on a sidehill shaded by redwoods and Douglas firs, water cascading down the rugged canyon below. My uncle pointed to a deep pool at the base of a towering waterfall. “Look close—see ‘em?” he whispered. Dark...
Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

Earlier this year, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) revealed that it had secretly shipped one-half metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a nuclear security site in Nevada. Despite the state’s protests and an injunction, the...
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