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September 26, 2012

Singing whales and Noah’s flood: Summer stories you may have missed

twin planets what you missed over the summer

This image by Frank Melchior (frankacaba.com) and adapted by Eric Agol of the UW accompanied the story about UW and Harvard researchers discovering two planets locked in a sort of orbital tug-of-war about 1,200 light years from Earth. It depicts the view one might have if Earth was the smaller of those two planets.Adapted from Frank Melchior / NASA images

From reports on new planets and extinction theories to singing whales, cloud geoengineering, American megachurches and ethical computer hacking, UW News and Information published some interesting stories over the too-short summer of 2012.

Did you miss some of them? Here’s another chance — our top 10 most read stories of the summer.

God as a drug: The rise of American megachurches: James Wellman, associate professor of American religion, with co-authors Katie Corcoran and Kate Stockly-Meyerdirk.

Dinosaur die out might have been second of two closely timed extinctions: Thomas Tobin, doctoral student in Earth and space sciences, with faculty members Peter Ward and Eric Steig.

Experiment would test cloud geoengineering as way to slow warming: Rob Wood, assistant professor, atmospheric sciences.

Engineering students race first 3-D printed boat in Milk Carton Derby – with slideshow: The UW student club Washington Open Object Fabricators; faculty adviser Mark Ganter, professor of mechanical engineering.

Astronomers spy two planets in tight quarters as they orbit a distant star: Eric Agol, professor of astronomy.

Critically endangered whales sing like birds; new recordings hint at rebound — with audio: Kate Stafford, oceanographer.

UW named America’s fourth ‘coolest’ school by Sierra magazine.

‘Control-Alt-Hack’ game lets players try their hand at computer security: Yoshi Kohno, associate professor of computer science and engineering, with doctoral student Tamara Denning.

Back to school tips for parents from UW psychologists: Liliana Lengua, professor of psychology; Clayton Cook, assistant professor of educational psychology; James Mazza, professor of educational psychology.

New book explores Noah’s Flood; says Bible and science can get along: David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences.