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  • The habitability hype around LHS 1140b is real; here's why | Inverse
    Monday, April 24, 2017
    There's more hope that LHS 1140b possesses better odds of hosting life than two other recently discovered systems -- and it all comes back to atmosphere. David Catling, a professor in the UW's astrobiology and Earth and space sciences departments, is quoted. Read More
  • Why I'm Marching for Science in Seattle (despite the risk) | KUOW
    Monday, April 24, 2017
    David Montgomery, a science professor and MacArthur Genius award winner at the University of Washington, told KUOW why he's marching for science on Saturday. [This story was published Friday, April 21 prior to the March for Science] Read More
  • Scientists have discovered vast systems of flowing water in Antarctica -- and that worries them | The Washington Post
    Thursday, April 20, 2017
    The surface of the remote Antarctic ice sheet may be a far more dynamic place than scientists imagined, new research suggests. Decades of satellite imagery and aerial photography have revealed an extensive network of lakes and rivers transporting liquid meltwater across the continent's ice shelves. Knut Christianson, a glaciologist at the University of Washington who was not involved in the research, is quoted. Read More
  • Retreating Yukon glacier caused a river to disappear
    Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    The massive Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada has retreated about a mile up its valley over the past century. Last spring, its retreat triggered a geologic event at relatively breakneck speed. The toe of ice that was sending meltwater toward the Slims River and then north to the Bering Sea retreated so far that the water changed course, joining the Kaskawulsh River and flowing south toward the Gulf of Alaska. Read More
  • Prof. Schreiber Co-Author on Norman Falcon Award Receiving Paper
    Monday, April 17, 2017
    Charlotte Schreiber is a co-author on a paper that has received an award for excellence. The European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers has awarded the annual Norman Falcon award for best paper of the year published in their journal to “The Messinian salinity crisis: Open problems and possible implications for Mediterranean petroleum systems” published in Petroleum Geoscience (2016) v. 22, p. 283. Read More
  • Nearly all the elements needed for life found on Saturn's moon | USA Today
    Friday, April 14, 2017
    Scientists have found a potential food source for life on a world in our solar system, raising the tantalizing possibility that organisms could thrive in a place besides Earth. David Catling, professor of astrobiology and of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Life on Mars: Volcanic activity on ancient Mars may have supported alien life | Inquisitr
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    New research is now suggesting that volcanic activity on ancient Mars may have been conducive to the formation of a habitable environment. Steven Sholes, a doctoral candidate in Earth and space sciences and astrobiology at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • WWLLN lightning used to track Bogoslov volcano island growth
    Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    Volcano Watch: Bogoslof Volcano, Alaska: ongoing eruption through the Bering Sea. The World Wide Lightning Location Network ( provides automated alerts – within minutes – of lightning near Bogoslof that often coincides with explosions of ash. Read More
  • Volcanic activity on ancient Mars may have produced organic life | Live Science
    Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    A new paper suggests that volcanoes on Mars may in fact have created an environment habitable to ancient microbes. Lead author Stephen Sholes, a UW doctoral student in Earth and space sciences, is quoted. (This article originally was published on Seeker) Read More
  • Earthquake warning system to go West Coast-wide | KIRO-TV
    Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    Researchers at the University of Washington are unveiling a first-of-its kind West Coast system of earthquake alerts. The Washington alert system is being combined with the alerts from California and Oregon. UW seismologist John Vidale is quoted. Read More