Kate Andries
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Kate Andries is a graduate student at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She interned with National Geographic magazine and wrote and produced for National Geographic’s daily news site. She graduated from DePaul University with a degree in journalism. Follow her on Twitter@kateandries.

October 18, 2013
Backyard Beekeeping Gaining Popularity in Maryland

Honeybees may be struggling worldwide, but Maryland is seeing a boom in amateur beekeepers. Despite a worrisome decline in the bee population over the last decade, the number of people registering as beekeepers with the state continues to grow—1,872 currently, up from 1,362 four years ago—according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

September 24, 2013
Bird Friendly Coffee Takes Flight in Maryland

Bird Friendly coffee—grown and processed with the aim of protecting the habitats of migratory birds—is gaining popularity, with some Maryland retailers embracing the environmentally conscious brew.

October 22, 2013
Furloughed NASA Goddard Employees Back to Work

With the government shutdown over, life is returning to normal for employees at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

October 1, 2013
Home Genetic Testing Faces Legal Hurdle in Maryland

With the cost of DNA sequencing dropping rapidly, hundreds of thousands of Americans are taking in-home genetic tests to learn their risk of developing certain diseases. But Maryland residents have largely missed out on the opportunity.

November 8, 2013
Impact of Offshore Wind Farm Construction on Marine Species a Concern for Researchers

As focus on renewable energy sources in Maryland expands into the Atlantic Ocean, special attention is being paid to the effects of offshore wind farm construction on marine mammals. Noise generated from the construction of wind farms can damage the hearing of animals like sea turtles, sharks and a number of migratory whales, as well as possibly displace marine mammals from their original habitat.

October 8, 2013
Maryland “Hobbitat” Builders Think Small and Sustainable

In an age when homes now include four car garages, media rooms and man caves, one Maryland company is bucking the trend.

September 11, 2013
Maryland Emissions-Related Death Rate Highest in U.S.

Long-term exposure to air pollution leads to a higher percentage of the population in Maryland to die prematurely than in any other state, according to a new study on the impact of air quality on health.

November 5, 2013
Maryland Wine Industry Sees Tremendous Growth Over Past Decade

Maryland’s wine industry, while not a powerhouse in the world of vino, has seen tremendous growth over the past decade and the state has the potential to become a major center of wine production in time, experts said.

October 25, 2013
Scientists Deal with Shutdown Fallout, Fear for Future Research

Scientists are scrambling to recover after the government shutdown forced their research to go dark and cut off federal funding for weeks. And the already beleaguered scientific community fears that another shutdown in January could be devastating.

December 10, 2013
With Climate Change, Maryland State Insect Could Be Forced to Move North

Climate change has become synonymous with melting glaciers and blazing summer months, but there is one very small casualty of global warming that isn’t front page news: butterflies.

November 22, 2013
Your Phone is Talking Behind Your Back…to Your Doctor

Your phone knows everything about you—how much you walk, talk and what level of Candy Crush you’re stuck on—but soon it could be spilling secrets to your doctor.