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Katharine Gammon

Katharine Gammon

Katharine Gammon writes about science, technology and the environment for magazines and websites. Her work has appeared in Wired, The New York Times and Esquire

Katharine Gammon
A large drilling rig stands on the south side of the Salton Sea.

As Lithium Drilling Advances at the Salton Sea, Researchers Work Out the Details

Companies progress towards commercial lithium drilling at the Salton Sea, while teams of researchers explore questions about effective extraction methods and environmental impacts.
COVID-19 testing for LAUSD school staff and students - during the pandemic

With No End in Sight to Pandemic Life, Parents Find Disruption Is the New Normal

Amid COVID-related staffing shortages and testing requirements, school systems are stretched thin. And so are parents’ nerves.
Captain Allan Hancock and three other men assist Jacques Cousteau to suit up for scuba diving (aqua-lung diving) to fish for sharks from the Velero IV, ca. 1950. | Allan Hancock Foundation Collection, USC Libraries
Lost LA

California's Romantic Age of Ocean Research and Its Future

The spirit of adventure moved people to explore the coastlines and channels of Southern California. Now a new generation of adventurers uses tech and tools to understand the oceans.
The design competition's goal is to come up with ways to make Mars a place not just to survive, but to actually enjoy living. | Courtesy of Mars City Design
Blue Sky Metropolis

Our Journey to Building a Life on Mars

An ambitious project combines design and futurism to envision what cities might look like on Mars. 
Outside of former Exide Technologies battery recycling plant. | Still from "SoCal Connected"
Earth Focus

'Truth Fairy’ Report Brings Answers to a Community Seeking Environmental Justice

A new study uses baby teeth to measure the past exposure of southeast Los Angeles residents to lead released by Exide Technologies, a shuttered battery recycling plant.
A Santa Cruz Island Fox. | Photo: Courtesy The Nature Conservancy

Fox Populi: Near-Extinct Species Makes a Comeback on CA Islands

The fox population on Santa Cruz Island has recovered in just 10 years. Its story can teach us about nature, conservation, and the future.
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