Remember that mysterious "milky rain" that fell in parts of Washington and Oregon last week? Now a researcher from Washington State University (WSU) is making the claim that it is not volcanic ash caught in rainclouds, as was suspected, but rather the result of a rare event at an ancient lake.
A mysterious substance locals are calling "milky rain" was found falling in parts of Washington and Oregon last Friday afternoon and into the night. Experts are now speculating about its origins while simultaneously reassuring locals that it's unlikely a threat to public health.
No, they are not the inspiration for everyone's favorite Pokémon. Though, pint-size pikas are nearly as resilient, a new study demonstrates, as this population was able to survive a raging forest fire in Oregon that devastated their natural habitat.
Just in the last two weeks, purple ochre sea stars along the Oregon Coast have been hit especially hard by sea star wasting syndrome - an illness causing these marine creatures to literally disintegrate - threatening the entire population and local ecosystem.