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Mussel Monitoring in the Puget Sound

January 26th, 2016 | Online Exclusive

A team of citizen scientists students gathered to collect mussels, cages and rebar for deployment in five locations along the Whatcom County coast of Washington to monitor the quality of stormwater runoff into the Puget Sound

Dr. Todd Morton, faculty adviser for the interdisciplinary team at Western Washington University, pulls their solar window out of a box in a storage room on the university's campus. Because the original members of the team have graduated, much of the information about the project has been lost, including the exact location of the prototype which wasn’t located until this moment.

BUILDING SMART WINDOWS

January 12th, 2016 | News

A team of Western Washington University students have been awarded the first installment of a $75,000 EPA grant to produce their solar-powered “Nova Window.”

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MOLLUSK MIMICRY

December 10th, 2015 | News

Iridescent giant clams may provide the key to more efficient solar cells.

Ellie Moeller, a resident of Bellingham, Washington, watches the sun rise above Hidden Lake near North Cascades National Park. The Hidden Lake fire lookout is one of the most visited in Washington State. The Ecomodernist Manifesto discourages activities like this that promote widespread human interaction with the broader natural landscape.

THE ECOMODERNIST DILEMMA

December 10th, 2015 | News

Ecomodernists embrace using nuclear energy and parting from nature in order to save it. Their ideas are highly contested.

The batteries made at UniEnergy Technologies in Mukilteo, Washington are kept in storage tanks that house the batteries and nearly 23,000 liters of electrolytes. UniEnergy Technologies says that stacking the storage tanks is beneficial for storing renewable energy.

ENERGY EVOLUTION

December 10th, 2015 | News

As the need for energy storage grows, geography has the potential to challenge high-tech, chemically
powered batteries.

California and Steller sea lions use the Port of Astoria docks as a resting place when they travel upriver to eat endangered salmon, causing damage to the docks.

SHARING THE SALMON

December 10th, 2015 | News

Sea lions are eating endangered fish in the Columbia River, but the sea lions’ protected status makes it difficult to stop the predation.

Maureen Wall tends to her aquaponics growbeds in Port Angeles, Washington.

HOOKED ON PONICS

December 10th, 2015 | News

Maureen Wall operates an aquaponics system where salad greens and fish live in a mutually beneficial ecosystem.

Max Romey, a Fairhaven College senior and drone videographer, holds his DJI Phantom quadcopter drone while the propellers rotate. According to DJI, this entry-level drone can operate 5.17 kilometers away from its controller. Romey has used it to film in Alaska.

THE TRUTH IS UP THERE

December 10th, 2015 | News

Drones used for conservation research are highly regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration. More regulations and less costly devices may enhance their research capabilities.

Clifton stands outside his house with his son Atlas. The house was completed in the spring of 2015 and Clifton and his family have been living in it for the past six months.

ELIMINATING UTILITIES

December 10th, 2015 | News

Building residences with zero utility bills at hard-to-beat prices has the potential to change how homes are powered.

A large male elephant, similar to ones in Tanzania integral to Wasser's research, walks through its savannah habitat in northern Botswana. This elephant's tusks would fetch a high price if sold internationally.

TRACKING THE TRADE

December 10th, 2015 | News

A University of Washington researcher has developed a new method to track elephant poaching but it’s not solving the problem.

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