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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.

Eaves: New Pathogens, More Labs

Eaves: New Pathogens, More Labs

For the New Yorker, Elizabeth Eaves reports on a risky decision: relocating a major high-containment government biosafety lab from an isolated island to the middle of Kansas. We’re building more labs to study new pathogens, writes Elisabeth in the piece produced with...

Yan: Superpoplars

Yan: Superpoplars

For the New York Times, Wudan Yan reports on an unusual way to clean up a Superfund site contaminated with carcinogens: Phytoremediation with microbiome-boosted trees. Wudan (@wudanyan) talks with a University of Washington plant microbiologist who discovered the set...

Olson: Pandemic Parallels

Olson: Pandemic Parallels

Steve Olson knows a thing or two about volcanoes. He wrote Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, the Washington State Book Award winner for Non-Fiction in 2017. On the 40th anniversary of the mountain’s eruption, Steve wrote an opinion piece for the Seattle...

Embry: Homicidal Hornets

Embry: Homicidal Hornets

Murder hornets are indeed deadly, confirms Paige Embry in Scientific American. Stings from the Asian giant hornet can kill humans, Paige writes, but a major worry is the threat to our already fragile bee populations. Learn about how crucial North American bees are to...

Boyle: Liftoff

Boyle: Liftoff

Alan Boyle has all the news from a busy week for NASA. For GeekWire, Alan reports on the historic trip of a US-made spaceship taking astronauts to the International Space Station. The launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon was scrubbed at the last minute a few days before,...