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Recent work by our members

#nswasciwire highlights the published writing of NSWA members each month. Would you like to see your writing featured? Please suggest an item online or send a link or PDF file to Chris Tachibana at sciencewire@nwscience.org. The NSWA Board of Directors determines what material to present. We look forward to highlighting your work.

Dolan: Rip-Rap Research

Our shorelines are armored, writes Maria Dolan in Ensia. But that isn’t necessarily good. Seawalls, rip-rap (jumbled boulders), and other ways of shoreline protection affect the local ecosystem. Maria writes about scientists in Washington State and elsewhere who...

Ostrander: Repeating History?

In Undark, Madeline Ostrander reviews a book on ancient Rome that suggests parallels to our own times. But instead of political analysis, Madeline (@madelinevo) writes, scientific evidence is the backbone of The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire...

Fore: Dragon Power

Meredith Fore asks: Might a species of 3-meter, 70-kg lizards save humans from our antibiotic resistance crisis? Komodo dragons make antimicrobial peptides that certainly have potential, writes Meredith (@Fore_Says) in a post for her blog. The University of Washington...

Nelson: Ultimate in Recycling

For NBC Mach, Bryn Nelson answers a question about astronauts that we’ve all had but didn’t have the guts to ask: Can their biological waste be used to make their food? Bryn talks with Penn State scientists who are doing early testing on using poop and pee...

Kwok: Interstate Water Fight

Georgia and Florida are fighting, Roberta Kwok writes in Hakai. They’re battling over water. A multiyear investigation—and court case—is digging into what caused the collapse of the Apalachicola Bay ecosystem and the fish and oyster industries that depended on...