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Scientists Condemn Softer Clean Air Laws Pollution Linked To Serious Respiratory Illness And Death

Scientists who’ve linked air pollution with serious respiratory illness and death are condemning Republican efforts to undermine the federal Clean Air Act. About 3 percent of all deaths nationwide each …


Health Workers Don’t Spread Hiv

The largest study yet of AIDS transmission from health care workers to patients found no evidence that the virus was passed along. “I think most people should be reassured by …


Sowing For Diversity WSU Seed Bank Preserving Crop Plant Varieties

Dr. Rich Hannen of Washington State University stands in the seed repository where seeds of thousands of strains of beans, chickpeas, beets and other plants are preserved in cans kept …


Flies Use Tiny Spring In Wing To Save Energy

Flies are the F-16s of insects thanks to tiny elastic springs that turn their wings into efficient motors that recycle energy. That’s the finding of University of Chicago biologist Michael …


Japanese Make Deepest Descent Ever

An unmanned Japanese ocean probe has reached the deepest place on Earth, an area of the Mariana Trench known as the Challenger Deep. The probe, called Kaiko, touched bottom at …


Funding Fight Due For WSU Wheat Research Center Senators Want To Restore Budget Cuts Made By House

Congress may be headed for a fight over money for a wheat research center at Washington State University. The Senate wants to keep $426,000 for the center in an upcoming …


Small Doses Of Aspirin Might Cut Cancer Risk

New studies suggest a small dose of aspirin, taken once a day or even less often, may reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancer, scientists said Tuesday. And in …


Study Doubts Impact Of Alcoholic Parents

College women whose parents are alcoholics have no higher rate of suffering from substance abuse or eating disorders than the general population. So finds a team of researchers from Texas …


Gene Fragments Found In Fossilized Egg Chinese Scientists Report Finding Dna In Dinosaur Egg

Chinese scientists have obtained gene fragments from a fossilized dinosaur egg believed to be 70 million years old, an official report said. The egg was found in central China’s Henan …


Peptic Ulcer Vaccine May Be Possible

A new scientific assault on one of nature’s nastiest bacteria may lead to an oral vaccine that could prevent the vast majority of peptic ulcers, a painful chronic condition that …


Study Shows Green Tea May Lower Cholesterol

Men who drink at least 10 cups of green tea a day have lower cholesterol and may be less likely to suffer from heart disease, according to a Japanese study. …


Studies Show Activity Will Reduce Heart Attacks Even Modest Physical Activity Will Provide Substantial Reduction Of Heart Attack Risk In Women As Well As Men

A study of 73,029 women found that those who were most active had about a 40 percent lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than the least active, and even …


Astronauts Studying The Effects Of Explosion On Interstellar Dust

Like detectives piecing together clues to an ancient mystery, astronomers used Endeavour’s ultraviolet telescopes Saturday to gauge the effects of a star that exploded 20,000 years ago. Astronauts pointed the …


Shuttle, Hubble Focus On Jupiter

Ultraviolet telescopes aboard the space shuttle Endeavour teamed up Thursday with the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope for an in-depth study of Jupiter. The dual observation came near the midpoint of …


Research Teams Announce Discovery Of Elusive Particle Top Quark Had Baffled Scientists For Years

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Sea Turning To Dead Zone

Warming temperatures and the disappearance of a critical link in the food chain are turning the once-teeming ocean waters near San Diego into a dead zone, a researcher says. John …


Fit To Be Tested WSU Grad Students Study The Body’s Efficiency During Exercise

1. Edge of endurance. Jayne Brahler works Tina Willett through the final seconds of a stationary bike exercise by exhorting her to continue right up to total fatigue. Photo by …


Study Finds Couples Keeping E Open For New Partners

Warning: The area you live in may be hazardous to your marriage. The risk of divorce or separation goes up for young couples if they live in an area with …


Alcohol Mixed With A Poor Diet Raises Cancer Risk

Mixing alcohol with a poor diet steeply increases the risk of colon cancer, researchers report. Dr. Edward Giovannucci of the Harvard University School of Public Health said Tuesday that a …


Humans Flirt Like Animals, Experts Say

With the same methods they long have used in studies of animals, scientists are turning their attention to the nuances of human courtship rituals - otherwise known as flirting.


Test Scores Tied To Parents’ Income, Education Analysis Finds Smaller Class Size Doesn’t Offset Family Factors

It has nothing to do with genes, but your parents still will probably determine how good a student you are. A computer analysis of Washington state education statistics indicates parents’ …


Ag Project Could Get Roots Pulled Crumbling Support Means Few Fans In Legislature

Mary Fauci prepares a soil sample for an organic matter analysis at the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture. Photo by Bob Bain/Special to the Spokesman-Review.


Astronomers Focus On Life Outside Earth But Opponents Decry Project As Multimillion Dollar Waste

The huge radio astronomy observatory sits in the outback 220 miles west of Sydney - and perhaps less than five light years away from extraterrestrial civilization. For five months starting …


‘Egg’-Cellent Health When It Comes To Eggs, Dieticians Are Deciding That They Aren’t All Bad - Just The Opposite In Fact

In recent decades the egg, like Humpty Dumpty, has had a great fall. Since the mid-1940s, concern about cholesterol and heart disease has sent per capita consumption plummeting from more …


Olive Oil May Prevent Breast Cancer, Study Says

Olive oil in the diet offers strong protection against breast cancer, judging from a new study that is one of the largest ever to examine the role of diet in …


Pondering All Details Great And Small Feds Compile Massive Study To Manage Regional Ecosystem

What does the silver-haired bat eat and where does it sleep? How fast are noxious weeds spreading? Where does the wind blow the hardest? Do most people even care?