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Kate Sidorova

Reader StoryKate Sidorova

My name is Kate Sidorova, I’m from Russia. I’m a biologist. After graduating from Moscow State University, I worked as a teacher at Faculty of Biology for 10 years, and 3 years as a researcher at one of Moscow’s medical research institutes. My husband, daughter, and I moved to the USA in 2013 because my husband got a job in Seattle.

Fighting mosquitoes

LocalFighting mosquitoes

The Gates Foundation of Seattle is funding projects, especially in Africa, to decrease the mosquito population. The goal is to stop mosquito-carried Malaria, a serious disease. A recent new low-tech approach is showing promise. The female Anopheles mosquito spreads malaria. This mosquito carries the parasite that caused 214 million people to get sick last year and 438,000 people to die.

LocalFind a roommate

The cost of living continues to go up in Seattle. This means that rents are high. How can someone afford to pay these high rents? Get a roommate. The Seattle Times recently studied population information. It found that 70,000 or 12.5% of adults in the city had a roommate in 2015.

General NewsPets at work

About 65% of all Americans own pets, mostly cats and dogs. Of course, these pet owners love their animals and want to take them everywhere, including work! In the past, pets just had to stay home, however, this is changing now. Some companies are friendly to pets.

General NewsThe best: pencil and paper

Students nowadays use laptops and tablets to take notes. Typing complete notes with important details is faster. However, recent research shows that taking notes the old-fashioned way, by hand, is more effective. Pam A. Mueller from Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California studied how note taking affected student learning.

InternationalThe World

Free Pizza!

InternationalFree Pizza!

            Photographer: Taymaz Valley / Flickr Pizza is a big, white polar bear. But Pizza is sad because he lives in a shopping mall in China. Animal lovers are saying, “Free Pizza.” Guangdong, China is the home of Grandview Polar Sea World. Pizza is in a cage there along with other animals like wolves and whales.

Zero-emissions for German trains

InternationalZero-emissions for German trains

              Alstom Coradia iLint 'Hydrail' auf der InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin Photographer: Frank Paukstat / Flickr Germany has about 4,000 diesel trains. They pollute the air badly. However, next year a new train will arrive in the country. It will run on diesel rail lines, but it will use clean energy. The Cordia iLint is called a hydrail because this train uses hydrogen as its fuel source.

The Red List for giraffes

InternationalThe Red List for giraffes

              Photographer: Jon Mountjoy Caption / Flickr Giraffes are popular and beloved wild animals. But they are sadly dying away very quickly.  This year, for the first time, they were added to Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN keeps track of the different species of animals on earth.