Delaware Public Media

Katie Peikes

Science/General Assignment reporter

Katie Peikes came to Delaware from Logan, Utah, where she worked as a municipal government reporter for a newspaper while simultaneously serving as a correspondent for Utah Public Radio covering science, technology, transportation and features. Originally from Connecticut, she has contributed as an intern to other member stations including WNPR News in Hartford and WDIY in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her interest in science and technology news comes from the opportunities she had to cover environmental stories in Utah. She has published numerous pieces on Cache County’s air quality, water quality, waste management and solar energy.

When she’s not searching for stories or reading about the latest tech and science trends, Katie enjoys hiking, running, skiing and watching Seinfeld reruns.

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As we burn fossil fuels and release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, it has to go somewhere. 



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Warm winter temperatures in February prompted many seals to start their migration north early, and they are now in peak migration season.



Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute Director Suzanne Thurman estimates well over 100 seals have made their way north through Delaware since late February.

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Upcoming missions to the moon and Mars require spacesuits that can work in higher gravity environments.



Delaware’s own ILC Dover has provided NASA with spacesuits since the Apollo mission, and they sent a next generation spacesuit to NASA to be tested.

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Delaware hunters harvested a record breaking number of deer this season.


Hunters killed more than 14,700 deer in the 2016-2017 season, up 60 from last year.


In 1999, a University of Delaware professor discovered a red dwarf star 235 trillion miles away from Earth.


But little did he know that almost 20 years later, a NASA telescope would reveal seven potentially Earth-like planets surrounding that star.



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Delaware’s Office of Highway Safety will spend most of March cracking down on motorists using cell phones while navigating First State roads.



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Local environmental groups joined Wilmington city officials and businesses on a walking tour Wednesday to tout the benefits the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, has provided the state’s largest city.


Stephanie Herron, the outreach coordinator with the Delaware Sierra Club, said environmental outreach in Delaware is important because the state’s location along the coast makes it particularly vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise.  


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Many anglers have already taken advantage of February’s warm weather to get out and fish, but that doesn’t mean there’s isn’t excitement for this weekend’s official downstate trout season opening.

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An unusually warm winter with low snowfall totals this year means many children haven’t had the chance to get out and build a snowman.


There is no such thing as a typical winter in Delaware and Associate State Climatologist Kevin Brinson said winters in the First State normally produce varying snow totals.

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Three years ago wasn’t the first time cancer entered the household of Gregg and Stacey Bacchieri. 


The Kennett Square, Pa residents had been through it before, when Stacey was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago.