Martha Kang

Online Managing Editor

Martha oversees KPLU's digital editorial content on KPLU.org, Quirksee.org and various social media platforms.

Prior to joining KPLU in March 2013, Martha spent six years on the digital team of KOMO News, reporting and producing stories for the station's website. Starting in July 2011, she also led the station's social media efforts, increasing the news outlet's digital reach exponentially and establishing KOMO as a regional powerhouse. 

Martha has worked as a news writer at Northwest Cable News, and as a freelancer at WLS-TV in Chicago.  She attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism while working as a TV news producer and reporter at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri. In the spring of 2013, she was awarded the Kiplinger Fellowship by Ohio State University's Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. 

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Chris Hadfield / Canadian Space Agency

“One quick look at our planet reminds me of the importance of Earth Day,” says Col. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut serving as commander of the International Space Station.

Hadfield has taken many a looks at our planet, taking photos and sharing snapshots of various corners of our planet, including our own.

"Looking out the windows of ISS (International Space Station), every day is Earth Day,” Hadfield said. "I have never had more love and respect for our planet than I do now, seeing it this way."

Oregon Zoo

This California condor chick needed a bit of help coming out of its shell.

The endangered bird was born on April 11 at the Oregon Zoo through a procedure called an “assist hatch.” Handlers had to crack open the shell to free the bird, who had become stuck inside, unable to move.

“It’s kind of the condor equivalent of an emergency C-section,” said Kelli Walker, the zoo’s lead condor keeper.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

No one at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium knew Jaya, the Sumatran tiger, was expecting.

So imagine their surprise when the 9-year-old tiger gave birth to a healthy cub Tuesday night.

Weighing just 2.5 pounds, the female cub is said to be healthy, as is the mom. 

NASA

A  University of Washington astronomer has discovered an alien planet where life might flourish.

Eric Agol, associate professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, found Kepler-62f, one of three so-called “Goldilocks” planets as a part of NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission. He co-authored the paper on the discoveries published in the journal Science Thursday.

Col. Chris Hadfield / Canadian Space Agency

It appears the Seattle area is just as picturesque when seen from afar. 

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield has been wowing us Earthlings with snapshots of all corners of the Earth as seen from the International Space Station. 

And on Saturday, it was Seattle's turn to shine in the spotlight. Hadfield shared two photos of the Puget Sound area.

Well, the tears don’t fall. And you’ll want a handkerchief, says Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield.

“It just forms a ball on my eyes,” he says. “So if you keep crying, you’re just going to end up with a bigger and bigger ball of water in your eye.”

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Mania series this begins weekend a celebration of its four sea otters: Lootas, Adaa, Aniak, and Sekiu.

The celebration involves a weekend of special talks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids all focusing on the sea otters. 

The youngest sea otter, Sekiu, made quite a splash when she was born last year to Adaa and Aniak. During Sekiu’s early days, the public had a chance to witness first-hand the intimate bond that exists between the pup and her mother.

ESA and the Planck Collaboration

Close your eyes, press the play button and travel back 14 billion years in time.

That’s the sound of the Big Bang, in high fidelity.

“It sort of sounds like what an airplane sounds like flying over your house in the middle of the night,” says University of Washington physics professor John Cramer who recreated the sound using cosmic microwave data. “A very low frequency that sort of builds up them falls off again.”

Do law enforcement officials need a search warrant to use Google Earth images in a criminal investigation?

“It’s interesting to me that it’s worrisome to some people, because we’ve been doing this for some years,” says San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord.

But an Orcas Island court case now questions whether the practice should be allowed.

Associated Press

An online petition urges Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz to “let cops use pot.”

Ben Livingston, founder of Center for Legal Cannabis, started the Change.org petition which seeks 420 signatures. By late Thursday afternoon—several weeks after it was first posted, it had gathered 159 signatures.

Livingston, who says he’s been pushing for pot legalization since 1995, says his proposal is the natural next step for Washington, and he wants Seattle to lead the way.

April is Earth Month, and NASA is celebrating by highlighting the planet’s prettiest poses and its most pressing issues in an interactive presentation online.

sonicsarena.com

Investor Chris Hansen says his group’s website has seen “stunning" interest from Seattleites who want to bring an NBA team to the city.

“We received requests for over 44,000 full season tickets, 268 suites and had 983 businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities,” he said, adding 32,000 of the requests for full-season tickets came within the first 24 hours after the priority ticket waitlist went live on sonicsarena.com.

Just about everything is new to Woodland Park Zoo’s 3-month-old twin sloth bear cubs who took their first steps outside just days ago.

“Technically, their very first moments outside weren't steps at all, as they rode out from their den clinging to mom's back,” the zoo said on its blog. “Their feet didn't hit the ground until a minute later, when the sights and smells piqued their curiosity and they hopped down to check out their new surroundings.”

WSDOT

Bertha, the world's largest tunnel boring machine, has finally arrived in Seattle's Elliott Bay.

The day seems to be filled with things you thought you’d never see.

And you wouldn’t be wrong at the Museum of Flight where Wonder Woman’s invisible plane is on display.

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