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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

Bezos family gives $3 million for UW early learning research

The Bezos Family Foundation’s donation amounts to a nearly 13 percent boost in the College of Education’s total donations and offers a lasting opportunity to influence the school’s research and …


$20 million granted for ecosystem studies

Idaho’s public universities will split a $20 million National Science Foundation grant aimed at better understanding how keystone organisms adapt to changing environmental conditions.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

Tilray first Canadian company to import medical pot to U.S.

In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

Wally Lindblad is frustrated with the care he gets in assisted living. So he’s giving $1 million to WSU.

Waldron (Wally) Lindblad has a button strapped around his wrist that he presses when he needs help. Sitting in his recliner in his apartment at an assisted living facility in …


Lee takes on research, development duties at SEL

Tony Lee, who had been SEL’s chief manufacturing officer, is now chief research and development officer, according to a news release from SEL.


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 11:59 a.m.

Researchers use leaf blower to see how lizards endure storms

Tropical lizards have a stick-to-itiveness in high wind that puts TV weather reporters to shame. Now we know why, thanks in part to a high-powered leaf blower.


Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music

What if you could compose music to understand how salmon migrate through rivers? A team of researchers from the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University have found a way …


Research offers tips on how to help monarch butterflies

The question of where Mid-Columbia monarch butterflies migrate in the West isn’t a question anymore, thanks to a Prosser researcher.


Next big thing in pulse research: peas that grow beneath winter snow

One of the most promising advancements in pulse research is the development of autumn-sown peas, which are planted before the year’s first snowfall and can produce drastically greater yields than …


India tariffs squeeze out U.S. pulse imports

Pulses such as peas, lentils and chickpeas are a staple of the Indian diet, found in flavorful dishes such as daal and chana masala. “Traditionally, India was our largest overseas …


UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

Bathing in their own secretions: Lime-green spittlebugs are popular on the Palouse this time of year

Tiny lime-green insects with red eyes, called spittlebugs, or “frog hoppers,” are all over the Palouse this spring, relaxing on plants in their own bubble secretions.


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 11:49 a.m.

WSU and UI researchers say there’s more magma beneath Yellowstone caldera than previously thought

Based on research by WSU and UI, amount of magma under the Yellowstone caldera may be as much as double as what scientists previously thought.


University of Idaho gets biofuel research grant

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $750,000 grant to University of Idaho researcher studying biofuels.


Licking cancer: U.S. postal stamp helped fund key breast study

Countless breast cancer patients in the future will be spared millions of dollars of chemotherapy thanks in part to something that millions of Americans did that cost them just pennies: …


A UW student found success, and answers about her father’s addiction

Mackenzie Andrews, who is about to graduate from the University of Washington, began a quest to understand her father and why her family fell apart after his arrest.


UPDATED: Mon., May 28, 2018, 1:06 p.m.

WWU researcher continues watermelon snow project

Mount Baker and the surrounding North Cascades are known for their white-capped peaks and blue-toned glaciers, but there’s a lesser-known hue also found in the high-elevation snow. Algae can cast …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Dutch researchers uncover dirty jokes in Anne Frank’s diary

Researchers using digital technology deciphered the writing on two pages of Anne Frank’s diary that she had covered over with brown masking paper, discovering four risque jokes and a candid …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Wolf researcher who accused WSU of silencing him gets $300K to settle lawsuit and go away

A leading wolf researcher has agreed to leave Washington State University at the end of the spring term in return for $300,000 to settle a suit he brought over infringement …


Italian researchers develop lighter, cheaper robotic hand

Italian researchers on Thursday unveiled a new robotic hand they say allows users to grip objects more naturally and featuring a design that will lower the price significantly.


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

Flying cars get Uber boost from research pact with NASA

Uber Technologies announced a partnership to study urban manned aircraft in conjunction with the U.S. space agency NASA, following a partnership last year that focused on unmanned drones. As part …


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

UW research links brain injuries with dementia

People with even a single concussion are more likely to develop dementia than people with no history of brain injuries, according to a University of Washington study


WSU researchers look to fish for insight on human skull development

Fish research at Washington State University could lead to advances for human health by increasing the knowledge of some developmental disorders that cause facial deformities.


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.