Stories tagged: Ask Dr. Universe
Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 3 p.m.
Peppers come in colors like orange, green, yellow, and red, and have different amounts of spiciness. They can be dried into flakes, ground into powder, or made into a fiery …
Sat., Nov. 3, 2018
Venom tries to disrupt the systems in our body that help keep us alive.
Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 5 p.m.
On the way to discovering allergies, scientists first had to learn about the immune system, which helps protect the body from invaders, or things like bacteria and viruses. These invaders …
Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 8 a.m.
When you hit your funny bone, you are actually hitting part of a whitish bundle of fibers called a nerve. Your nerves help send messages from different parts of your …
Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 3 p.m.
It’s hard to say exactly what would happen if you had three hearts and one of them stopped. Humans have just one heart, so we have no experience with this. …
Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 4 p.m.
The lashes are just thick enough to keep things like small particles of dust away from their eyeballs. But there are some animals with even thicker lashes.
Sat., Sept. 29, 2018
A good french fry starts with the right potato. My friend Rick Knowles is a potato researcher at Washington State University and told me all about the spuds.
Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 6 a.m.
All around the world, people fall asleep to different sounds. Maybe you hear a snoring dog, whooshing waves, noisy traffic, chirping crickets, a soft lullaby, or raindrops.
Sat., Sept. 15, 2018
“Cats like lasers because they are predators and like to chase or hunt anything that moves fast around them,” WSU veterinarian Leticia Fanucchi said.
Thu., Sept. 6, 2018
Every day people around the world get their water in different ways. Some get water from a well, others turn on a tap, go to the store, and some walk …
Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8 a.m.
We get different weather patterns depending on a few conditions, such as how much sun the land gets, if the land is near mountains or ocean, and how air circulates …
Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 11:40 a.m.
Mammals such as lions and bears roar. But it’s likely that dinosaurs, which were not mammals, had other ways of communicating.
Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 5 a.m.
While it might seem like wildfires only cause destruction, they are actually a natural and important part of keeping forests healthy.
Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 3 p.m.
Sleep is important for lots of the animals on our planet. Just like you need a good rest, so do bees. But, bee sleep is different than human sleep.
Sat., July 28, 2018
It turns out that the experience of getting chills when we listen to music actually has a scientific name: frisson. That’s what I found out when I met up with …
Fri., July 20, 2018, 12:41 p.m.
The truth is I really wasn’t sure why music gives us chills, but I was determined to find out. My first stop was the Washington State University School of Music. …
Fri., July 13, 2018, 6 p.m.
It’s also good to remember that it’s not just sweet foods that have sugars. They’re in a lot of the foods we eat, like sliced bread, salad dressing, and ketchup, …
Fri., July 6, 2018, 5 p.m.
WSU sleep researcher Hans Van Dongen and his team observe lots of different sleep behaviors at the Sleep and Performance Research Center. He said there are really two main types …
Fri., June 29, 2018, 1:55 p.m.
The main reason a lizard loses its tail is to defend itself. When a lizard detaches its tail, the tail whips around and wiggles on the ground.
Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Stink bugs use smell as a defense against predators.
Fri., May 25, 2018, 5 p.m.
Dog noses come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and pretty much all of them are wet. Most often a wet nose is a good sign that they are healthy, …
Sat., May 19, 2018, 5 a.m.
Instead of stomata that open during the day, cacti have stomata that open at night. This helps them survive in extreme conditions. Cacti can still get the carbon dioxide they …
Sat., May 12, 2018
Worms come to the surface to move around, but exactly why they do it or where they are headed remains a bit of a mystery. Still, scientists have some interesting …
Sat., April 28, 2018, 11 a.m.
WSU researcher Hang Liu imagines a different future for our used clothes. In her lab, she and her team are coming up with creative ways to recycle cotton into a …
Fri., April 13, 2018, 3:57 p.m.
The average human who lives in the U.S. creates about 4.83 pounds of trash each day. Many people don’t really see much of it, though.
Mon., April 2, 2018, 10 a.m.
While the human body has many parts made up of lots cells, some living things are actually just one little cell – an amoeba or a bacteria, for example.
Mon., March 26, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
When we chew or cut broccoli, we damage the plant tissues and a new compound forms. It’s actually this compound in broccoli that gives off that, well, unique broccoli smell. …
Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 1:09 p.m.
Ask Dr. Universe column for Feb. 26, 2018.
Sun., Feb. 18, 2018
Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.
Mon., Feb. 12, 2018
Ever since you were born, different cells have been working on your hair. Each hair sprouts from a follicle, a sort of little hair-making factory under your skin. Here, some …