Stories tagged: science
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 3:50 p.m.
Twenty-nine years ago, instructional media services researchers at the University of Idaho received an eerie phone call.
Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 5:25 p.m.
When a 69-year-old Seattle woman had a seizure earlier this year, doctors at Swedish Medical Center thought she may have had a brain tumor. However during surgery, they discovered it …
Thu., Nov. 29, 2018
In 1847, Joseph Fry figured out how to use these different ingredients to create a chocolate paste that he could mold into a rectangle. He produced the world’s first chocolate …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 9:32 p.m.
Chinese scientist He Jiankui received backlash in the scientific community when he announced the birth of twin girls whose genes he had edited. WSU scientist Lisette Maddison said his research …
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., Oct. 27, 2018, 6:02 p.m.
A 56-year-old Florida man was charged Friday in the nationwide mail-bomb scare targeting prominent Democrats. Experts had predicted that forensic evidence left behind by the bomb maker would help law …
Fri., Sept. 21, 2018
When the City Council overrode the mayor’s veto of new climate change standards for the city, it put Spokane into the right zone.
Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 7:11 p.m.
Using two tiny mechanical claws, community members tested out Skagit Regional Health’s new robotic surgery system by unwrapping Starburst candies and moving around mini-rubber rings.
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 1:56 p.m.
The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has …
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., 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 …
Sat., July 28, 2018
Look to the south or southeast sky after dark during the next week or so and you will see the brightly beaming, rust-colored planet Mars.
Tue., July 17, 2018, 1:26 p.m.
Democratic lawmakers joined scores of scientists, health providers, environmental officials and activists Tuesday in denouncing an industry-backed proposal that could limit dramatically the scientific studies the Environmental Protection Agency considers …
Wed., July 11, 2018, 7:04 p.m.
Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer’s and other …
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.
UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 10:24 p.m.
The Washington Women’s Foundation gave a grant of $100,000 to Spark Central, a Spokane nonprofit, on Wednesday. The money will go toward teaching innovative technologies like programming, robotics and media …
Wed., June 20, 2018, 6 a.m.
If meat is grown in a lab without slaughtering animals, what should it be called? That question has yet to be decided by regulators, but for the moment, it’s pitting …
Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Stink bugs use smell as a defense against predators.
Thu., June 14, 2018, 2:43 p.m.
Records of spider ballooning go back centuries. But scientist have struggled to understand how the arachnids generate lift. One physicist proposed that they use electrostatic forces to take to the …
Fri., May 18, 2018, 9:54 p.m.
Two remote-manned laboratories – expected to aid local research – are destined for the International Space Station and will launch into orbit Sunday.
Fri., May 18, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Based on a recent “whimsical by design” analysis, Northeastern University engineering professor Steven Cranford calculated that Thanos is powerful enough to dead lift the RMS Titanic.
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 …
UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Jon Davis is “hotboxing” rats for a purpose: to figure out why people who smoke marijuana experience hunger. The research, which Davis hopes to publish soon, is just part of …
UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 11:55 a.m.
N. Atlantic right whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say – unless we act now to save them
For years, spring has signaled the return of North Atlantic right whales – one of Earth’s most endangered species – to Cape Cod Bay. But lately the imperiled animals have …
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.
Sun., April 8, 2018
With millions of trees already planted across the state, the outcomes of the dueling lawsuits seem unlikely to affect consumer availability of the Cosmic Crisp, a flavor-packed hybrid between the …
Fri., April 6, 2018, 5 a.m.
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.
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.