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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Delaware researchers say they are worried about President Donald Trump’s recently released budget proposal, which aims at cutting millions of dollars in federal funding for scientific research - with a significant amount coming out of the National Institutes of Health budget.



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Delaware farmers would take a hit if President Donald Trump’s recently released budget proposal is enacted. 



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Almost $30,000 is being distributed among 18 urban agriculture and community projects across the First State.

The money comes from the Delaware Department of Agriculture and New Castle Conservation District. It will go to community groups, schools, religious institutions and other organizations.

The goal is to improve nutrition and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Grant recipients and amounts:

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Delaware environmental groups are joining others in the region in calling for a permanent ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin.

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Officials say a off-target estimate on the cost of Rehoboth Beach’s new city hall won’t keep the project from completion.

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Delaware poultry farmers are on alert after a recent outbreak of bird flu devastated a Tennessee farm.



More than 73,000 birds on a southern Tennessee farm that supplies chickens for Tyson Foods were killed after federal officials identified a case of deadly bird flu in the flock. 

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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.