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Ula Chrobak

Freelance writer and editor

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Are Microbes the Future of Recycling? It’s Complicated.


An enzyme-based recycling technology is poised to go commercial, but questions about cost and scalability linger.

Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are on the rise. But why?

Knowable Magazine

The complex interplay of ticks, their habitats and hosts — along with changes in land use and climate — may be enabling the spread of the pathogens they carry

Climate change is altering the chemistry of wine

Knowable Magazine

Warming, wildfires and unpredictable weather threaten to disrupt the delicate processes that underlie treasured wines. Researchers and producers are innovating to keep ahead.

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Bringing Dog Training to Heel


Efforts to regulate dog training have centered on studies examining the efficacy of punishment as a training tool.

Can This Futuristic Headband Fix Our Sleep?


All of my efforts to sleep better thus far have been about adjusting to my environment. But what if I could teach myself to become a deeper sleeper instead?

The fight to save America’s most endangered mammal

Popular Science

Black-footed ferrets could come back from near extinction, but some ranchers don’t want them on public lands.

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A dangerous element

inquiry@UC Santa Cruz

Tracking the elusive biogeochemistry of mercury

The Science of Rockfall

Climbing magazine

That fateful day in 2008 launched a decade of collaborative work between Stock, fellow geologists, and climbers.

How to rebuild California forests, with climate in mind

Knowable magazine

After the catastrophic fires of the past decade, land managers may need to reseed vast acreages. Can they buffer against climate change in the process?

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