Roberta Kwok, writing for The New Yorker, finds the ultimate Northwest science story: a techie’s solution to equality for marijuana entrepreneurs. Roberta wades into the weeds, so to speak, of how Sharif Ibrahim, Washington State University math grad student, created a lottery to give out 334 marijuana retail licenses to more than 2000 applicants. Read more @robertakwok. photo: Hanf
Blue Lyra Review, Adrienne Ross Scanlan’s literary journal, is an eclectic collection of visual art, book reviews, poetry, and fiction and nonfiction essays. The latest issue comes with tantalizing news—Adrienne is working on a book, tentatively titled Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild, to be published later this year. Watch Adrienne’s website for updates.
Samantha Larson takes a trip to the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park to hear…nothing. In Crosscut, Samantha (@samantson) describes a quest to find the quietest spot in the country. Read what happens as she searches and how she reacts when she gets there. More at samanthalarson.com. photo: malonecr7
Mark Harris took the gold for online reporting in the American Association of the Advancement of Science-Kavli science journalism awards for 2015. ICYMI, the winning piece was “How a Lone Hacker Shredded the Myth of Crowdsourcing” in Backchannel. Congratulations, @meharris! photo: Naval History & Heritage Command
Andrea Watts asks how trees know when it’s spring and what happens if they don’t get the message. Writing for the U.S. Forest Service Science Findings, Andrea explains that timing is everything—budding too early can result in frost damage and budding too late can stunt growth. How do trees do it? Check out the full report from Andrea. photo: Gundina