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Stories by Erik Olsen

Misconceptions about Wildfires Are Fueling the Problem

The 2020 wildfire season was the worst in California’s recorded history, with more than four million acres burned and almost 10,500 structures destroyed across the state. The fires were heavily covered by the news media, and some reports suggested California had suffered apocalyptic devastation and permanent loss...

January 29, 2021 — Erik Olsen

Drones Capture Close Encounters between Great White Sharks and Beachgoers

Over the past decade, the number of encounters between humans and sharks swimming off the coast of California has risen dramatically. Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, says this summer is shaping up to be a major year for these sharks along the state’s 840-mile coastline...

July 8, 2020 — Erik Olsen

Seeing through the Sea

Why do all the pictures you take underwater look blandly blue-green? The answer has to do with how light travels through water. Derya Akkaynak, an oceangoing engineer, has figured out a way to recover the colorful brilliance of the deep...

November 13, 2019 — Erik Olsen
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