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UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

Young Seychelles researcher offered surprise, historic dive

Young Seychelles researcher makes surprise first dive to depth in nation’s uncharted waters.


Long overlooked by science, pregnancy is finally getting attention it deserves

For two years, a group of world-class scientists pitched their idea for a hot new biotech company to investors: a start-up focused on a promising therapy for preeclampsia, a serious …


Scientists in Hungary protest govt takeover of research

Scientists in Hungary on Tuesday protested government efforts to take control of their research funding, a move they say endangers academic freedom.


North Central High School students’ genetic work on worms could help scientists make breakthroughs

A grant is helping North Central High School teach students genetics through worm research.


Ask Dr. Universe: How do volcanoes erupt?

Our planet is home to all kinds of volcanoes that erupt in different ways. Some eruptions are quiet and continuous, with a slow flow of lava. Other volcanoes erupt explosively …


Dads are happier than moms. Science wants to know why.

One possible explanation for this, said the study’s authors, was that fathers reported playing more with their children, and they suggested that all parents might benefit from more play.


Ask Dr. Universe: What are molecules?

A glass of water has more molecules than there are stars in the night sky. That’s what I found out from my friend Jack (Qiang) Zhang, an assistant professor of …


Dinosaurs, fossils and the experts who study them have all waited for an end to the shutdown

The government shutdown managed to shut even dinosaurs down – and no temporary reopening will undo the damage, scientists warn.


Ask Dr. Universe: What do clouds do?

There are white and puffy cumulus clouds, thin and wispy cirrus clouds, and tall nimbostratus clouds that stretch high up in to the sky. Believe it or not, when you …


Idaho Humane Society blasts jury verdict, calls feeding of live puppy to turtle ‘wanton cruelty’

Idaho’s largest animal welfare organization sharply criticized the acquittal of an eastern Idaho teacher accused of animal cruelty, warning that the case would become a “rallying cry” for renewed efforts …


WSU cannabis research shared at science confab

Research from Washington State University is contributing to new findings about the possible effects of cannabis on our brains.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer celebrated as ‘mother’ of Hubble, dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, who was celebrated as a trailblazer for female scientists and a driving force behind advances including the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, died Dec. 25 at …


Ask Dr. Universe: Shifting plates cause earthquakes

These massive plates move very, very slowly – about one or two inches a year. But when plates slip over or under each other, collide or break away, an earthquake …


AP-NORC Poll: Most support gene editing to protect babies

Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases – but a new poll shows they’d draw the line …


Grad student’s research ruins potatoes to find fungus fix

Andrew Hollingshead estimates he’s ruined 10 to 12 tons of potatoes.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 3:50 p.m.

Former University of Idaho staff recalls project related to Bush surgery

Twenty-nine years ago, instructional media services researchers at the University of Idaho received an eerie phone call.


Seattle woman dies after contracting rare form of brain-eating amoeba

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 …


Ask Dr. Universe: Chocolate bars a British innovation

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.

WSU scientist: Serious questions for scientist who claims to have gene-edited embryos

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 …


Ask Dr. Universe: What makes a pepper hot?

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 …


A look at the science used to find mail-bomb suspect

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 …


Shawn Vestal: As federal government stalls, Spokane takes its place among localized climate actors

When the City Council overrode the mayor’s veto of new climate change standards for the city, it put Spokane into the right zone.


Skagit Regional Health to offer robotic-assisted surgery

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.

Science says: ‘The warmer it is, the more fire we see’

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 …


Ask Dr. Universe: Did dinosaurs actually roar?

Mammals such as lions and bears roar. But it’s likely that dinosaurs, which were not mammals, had other ways of communicating.


Ask Dr. Universe: Frisson’s cause remains unknown

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 …


Mars making a brilliant pass near Earth this week

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.


EPA proposal to limit science studies draws opposition

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 …


Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says

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 …


Ask Dr. Universe: What happens when we sleepwalk?

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 …