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UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

WSU, national laboratory to join forces on nuclear research

Students at Washington State University will take part in research on nuclear science and technology, power grids and utilizing bioproduct waste in a partnership between WSU and Pacific Northwest National …


Yucky ducky? Study reveals bath-time toy’s dirty secret

Scientists now have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time toys are – as some parents have long suspected – a haven for nasty bugs.


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Washington researcher working to solve world hunger

After spending 10 years in Thailand as a child, Jon Oatley, director of the Center for Reproductive Biology at Washington State University, developed a passion for ending food insecurity around …


Saving spinach: A WSU plant researcher’s work helps lucrative spinach seed industry

Because of the long days and climate required to grow spinach seeds, a small slice of western Washington and Oregon is the only part of the United States well-suited to …


Can a 1-year-old reason like a scientist? Yes, new research concludes.

In intriguing research, a team of scientists may have discovered the earliest age at which a person can reason logically: 12 months.


Conservatives less likely to trust vaccines and public health efforts

New Age liberals may have been unfairly blamed for the current wave of anti-vaccine sentiment, according to a new study from the University of Idaho.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

University of Idaho seeks funding for dairy research center

Fundraising in the next few months will be vital to constructing a world class dairy-centric research and teaching facility in southern Idaho.


Shawn Vestal: When cows were the cornerstone of income inequality

One of the earliest and most potent forces dividing the haves and have-nots may have pretty humble roots: the agricultural beast of burden.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

WSU researchers discover shrinking gene pool among Chinook salmon populations

As Chinook salmon populations declined across the Pacific Northwest, scientists suspected the fish lost a great deal of genetic diversity, too. But until recently, the theory hadn’t been tested.


Women’s hands really are colder than men’s, scientists confirm

Using thermal images, University of Utah researchers compared the hands of men and women, and found that women’s hands typically run 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit colder than men’s.


Clemson, USC to partner in research with new Samsung plant

Samsung is bringing together South Carolina’s two biggest universities – and sports rivals – to partner with the South Korean electronics company for research into home appliances.


Minnesota researchers create Alzheimer’s detection device

University of Minnesota researchers have created new technology aimed at making it easier to detect the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.


Scientists call on U.S. to allow research on pot meds for pets

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there’s little data on whether they …


Researchers study the genetics of bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep living in decades past along Idaho’s Salmon River from Riggins to its East and Middle forks far upstream were more genetically diverse, and the different groups of sheep …


Amazon Key delivery driver could knock out security camera, researchers show

A Seattle-based group of cybersecurity researchers has demonstrated a way to knock Amazon.com’s new security camera offline, a capability that could enable malicious delivery drivers for the online retailer’s new …


Clearwater steelhead project seeks public donations

Steelhead enthusiasts have until Sunday to donate and boost a juvenile steelhead research project on tributaries to the Clearwater River.


Drugmakers’ rare disease R&D incentives cut in GOP tax bill

Drug and biotechnology companies researching treatments for rare diseases would lose a tax incentive that helps lower the cost of their drug development programs under the Republican tax bill unveiled …


Future of football safety could come down to research in Riddell’s suburban Chicago office

With youth participation waning and football facing increased concerns over head trauma, the future of the game could well come down to the work being done in a windowless room …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

Nearly every modern, protected Wi-Fi network is vulnerable, warns government cyberwatchdog

A top federal government cybersecurity watchdog issued an advisory on Monday, warning users to update their devices to protect against a newly discovered vulnerability that affects nearly every modern, protected …


Researchers launch study to learn effects of wildfire smoke

Scientists are studying the effects hazardous smoke had on residents in and around Seeley Lake due to wildfires that raged in the area.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Mars research crew emerges after 8 months of isolation

Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits, vegetables …


University of Idaho research may slow antibiotic resistance to drugs

New research from the University of Idaho has identified two genetic mutations in bacteria that help explain how some bacteria evolve and retain resistance to multiple antibiotics.


Mushrooms could help breakdown PCBs, according to research funded by Spokane’s wastewater system

A city-funded study to see whether fungi can break down persistent industrial pollutants before they enter the Spokane River has come back with a resounding “maybe.”


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Is it really Lyme? Researchers developing a new test to tell

Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to do it early – using a “signature” of molecules …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

UI to request construction, research funding from ed board

The University of Idaho will request an additional $4 million in its permanent building fund for fiscal year 2019 at the Idaho State Board of Education’s monthly meeting Thursday so …


Boise State awarded $1.7 million to research climate change, birds

Boise State University researchers have been awarded a $1.7 million U.S. Department of Defense grant to monitor the effects of climate change on bird migration.


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 7:19 a.m.

Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative study says

A startling new report asserts that the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought – more than 100,000 years ago – and maybe they were Neanderthals.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

WSU Spokane researchers share Trump budget concerns with Sen. Patty Murray

In a fourth-floor lab at Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy in Spokane, a group of six young women from at least three countries peer into genes and analyze tobacco …


Introverts tend to be better CEOs – and other surprising traits of top executives

The image most people have of a straight-from-central-casting CEO is usually something like the following: An extroverted, charismatic, confident executive who climbed a mistake-free ladder to the top with a …


UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017, 1:26 a.m.

WSU, EWU students get support for innovative research

Students from Eastern Washington’s two public universities are scoring recognition – and funding – for research on a wide range of topics.