Sarah Waller http://kuow.org en Boeing Engineer Reveals Secrets Behind Cold War Missile Program http://kuow.org/post/boeing-engineer-reveals-secrets-behind-cold-war-missile-program <p></p><p>There’s a mysterious object standing in a parking lot just eight miles south of downtown Seattle. From the surface, it looks like a grayish-green dome on a pile of rubble. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a forgotten link to Seattle’s Cold War past.&nbsp;</p><p>Retired Boeing engineer Dan Witmer is one of the few remaining people in Seattle who knows what that dome is covering up: a defunct Minuteman missile silo. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Waller 21140 at http://kuow.org Boeing Engineer Reveals Secrets Behind Cold War Missile Program Hanging Up The Paddle: 20 Years Since Washington Banned Corporal Punishment In Public Schools http://kuow.org/post/hanging-paddle-20-years-washington-banned-corporal-punishment-public-schools <p></p><p>Did you grow up in a school that allowed paddling?&nbsp; Maybe you knew someone who was hit in school – or maybe the idea of corporal punishment seems as antiquated as ink wells.&nbsp; This year marks the 20th anniversary of Washington’s state-wide ban on corporal punishment in public schools.</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:12:32 +0000 Sarah Waller 20268 at http://kuow.org Hanging Up The Paddle: 20 Years Since Washington Banned Corporal Punishment In Public Schools Seattle Underwater Hockey Team Headed For Nationals http://kuow.org/post/seattle-underwater-hockey-team-headed-nationals <p></p><p>Want to try a new sport?&nbsp;Seattle has a nationally ranking sports team that wants you on their team roster.&nbsp;All you need is a bathing suit and the desire to play hockey at the bottom of a swimming pool.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:33:54 +0000 Sarah Waller 16373 at http://kuow.org Seattle Underwater Hockey Team Headed For Nationals Dream About To Take Flight For Seattle Couple http://kuow.org/post/dream-taking-flight-seattle-couple <p></p><p></p><p>In 1924, Seattle&rsquo;s Sand Point was the site of one of the greatest aviation milestones of all time. But the event was eclipsed by other aviators like Charles Lindbergh and the Wright Brothers. Now, a Seattle couple wants to breathe new life into that momentous time with their own <a href="http://seattleworldcruiser.org/">pioneering project</a>.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:04:31 +0000 Sarah Waller 15729 at http://kuow.org Dream About To Take Flight For Seattle Couple Northwest Scientist Discovers Unlikely Father http://kuow.org/post/northwest-scientist-discovers-unlikely-father <p></p><p>There are lots of great dads out there. Not all of them are human.&nbsp;Lissa Ongman is an animal scientist who grew up in Woodinville, Wash. She's known two great models of fatherhood in her life. One was her own dad. The other came from a place she never expected.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:05:55 +0000 Sarah Waller 14895 at http://kuow.org Northwest Scientist Discovers Unlikely Father Ancient Ritual Kept Alive Through Northwest Trees http://kuow.org/post/ancient-ritual-kept-alive-through-northwest-trees <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>There are about 1,000 trees in the Northwest that share something in common. You’d never guess what it is just by looking at them. Some are tiny fruit trees. Others are towering cedars. But, under the soil, they’re connected&nbsp;to the same&nbsp;ancient ritual.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Sarah Waller 14038 at http://kuow.org Ancient Ritual Kept Alive Through Northwest Trees Scientists Peek Into The Hidden World Of Tree Roots http://kuow.org/post/scientists-peek-hidden-world-tree-roots <p></p><p></p><p>When you think of a tree, you probably think of the trunk and all those parts you see above ground. But there’s a whole lot more going on under the soil than meets the eye. Scientists are now digging into the hidden world of tree roots in an effort to illuminate some unexplained mysteries.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:57:08 +0000 Sarah Waller 13982 at http://kuow.org Scientists Peek Into The Hidden World Of Tree Roots Found A Dead Bird? Science Could Use It http://kuow.org/post/found-dead-bird-science-could-use-it <p></p><p>THUD. It’s the sickening sound of a bird hitting your window. You hope it’s just stunned; that it will fly off. But there it is: A motionless lump of feathers on the ground. Before you bury it or toss it in the trash, consider an alternative. Some Seattle residents are donating these avian casualties to science.&nbsp; Wed, 24 Apr 2013 01:57:47 +0000 Sarah Waller 11892 at http://kuow.org Found A Dead Bird? Science Could Use It Seattle Woman's Great Aunt Faced Tough Decision On The Titanic http://kuow.org/post/seattle-womans-great-aunt-faced-tough-decision-titanic <p></p><p>This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Most people who boarded the luxury ocean liner didn’t survive the trip. For some, the only thing separating survival and drowning was a split-second decision.</p><p>Now, 100 years after the tragedy, a Seattle woman wonders what she would do if she had been in her relative's shoes on the night of the sinking.</p><p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:16:56 +0000 Sarah Waller 5306 at http://kuow.org Seattle Woman's Great Aunt Faced Tough Decision On The Titanic Pink Dolphins In The Trees http://kuow.org/post/pink-dolphins-trees <p>The Amazon River is home to a creature that looks like it was conjured out of a dream: pink river dolphins. They have long, toothy snouts, and adult males can turn bubblegum pink. But what really makes these creatures unique is their habitat. When the Amazon River floods each year, the surrounding forest fills with water. The dolphins are free to swim where no other dolphins do: among the tops of trees.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 20:57:48 +0000 Sarah Waller 1117 at http://kuow.org Pink Dolphins In The Trees