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Catherine Kuhn
Catherine is a graduate student at the University of Washington where she studies dissolved carbon gases in freshwater streams. Prior to grad school, she was a high school science teacher in Oakland, CA. Catherine is a deep skeptic of organized science and an avid supporter of all-butter pie crusts.

Missouri Eco-Crisis Heating Up As Landfill Fire Creeps Towards Nuclear Waste Dump

Catherine KuhnOct 04, 2015Comments
”We can no longer discard the bad and simply think of it as a dead load which by itself time will bury in oblivion.” -Hannah Arendt At the Bridgeton landfill outside of St. Louis, MO, an underground fire the size of 15 football fields has been smoldering at over 200°F since 2010. Less than a thousand feet away from this creeping inferno lies 8,700 tons ~  read more

Aridity brings optimism: new Wyoming study reopens cloud seeding debate

Catherine KuhnJan 04, 2015Comments
A new study, released by the Wyoming Water Development Commission, suggests cloud seeding may return to the table as a low cost tool for water stressed Western States. In response to criticism of the technology from the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Wyoming, the State of Wyoming, the Desert Research Institute and a number of other organizations teamed up for ~  read more

Fungi Furniture & Decomposing Diapers

Catherine KuhnSep 07, 2014Comments
Myco-fans will be pleased to see the spate of recent news coverage featuring clever applications of mycelium, the thin filaments forming the vegetative parts of mushrooms. For example, designer Eric Klarenbeek is exploring 3D-printing of mycelium for use in products created from straw, water and fungal spores. His first project, called Mycelium Chair, was developed in collaboration with ~  read more

Carbon Sniffing from Space

Catherine KuhnJul 04, 2014Comments
NASA successfully launched the new Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) satellite from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California today. After a 2009 foiled attempt ending with the original satellite, OCO-1, plunging into the Indian Ocean, this second iteration will be the sixth satellite joining the A-train, a constellation of satellites designed to monitor various aspects of earth's atmosphere ~  read more

Trapped hydroxide in earth's mantle suggest water cycle runs deep

Catherine KuhnJun 20, 2014Comments
Findings from a new study published by University of New Mexico and Northwestern University provide direct evidence of the existence of  water 250-410 miles below the earth's surface.     At this depth and pressure, water exists as OH trapped in crystals of a mineral called ringwoodite. In an interview with, co-author Jacobsen cites this discovery as evidence for ~  read more