Stories tagged: science
Fri., May 18, 2018, 9:54 p.m.
WSU research off to space
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.
A scientist calculated the ludicrous strength of Marvel villain Thanos
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
Ask Dr. Universe: Why do worms come out when it rains?
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.
Ask Dr. Universe: Clothing offers its own recycling challenges
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.
The science behind ‘the munchies’: WSU researcher aims to help cancer, anorexia patients with pot
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.
Ask Dr. Universe: What happens to our trash?
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
A battle of cosmic proportions: WSU, biotech firm sue each other over new apple variety
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.
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.
Mon., April 2, 2018, 10 a.m.
Ask Dr. Universe: Where did the first nerves come from?
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.
UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 8:38 p.m.
Chinese space station mostly burns up as it re-enters atmosphere
Chinese space authorities say the defunct Tiangong 1 mostly burned up upon re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere in the central South Pacific.
Mon., March 26, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Ask Dr. Universe: How come broccoli is good for you?
When we chew or cut broccoli, we damage the plant tissues and a new compound forms. It’s actually this compound in broccoli that gives off that, well, unique broccoli smell. …
Sat., March 17, 2018, 6:09 p.m.
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.
Sun., March 11, 2018
Ask Dr. Universe: Create your own sunset at home
You can try all kinds of fun experiments at home. It really all depends on what you are curious about. Lately, I’ve seen some really great sunsets and started wondering …
Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 1:09 p.m.
Ask Dr. Universe: Cows have different moos for different situations
Ask Dr. Universe column for Feb. 26, 2018.
Sun., Feb. 18, 2018
Ask Dr. Universe: Video games can help us learn
Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.
Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 2:18 p.m.
In a surprising study, scientists say everyday chemicals now rival cars as a source of air pollution
In a major study released Thursday, a team of government and university scientists say that the nature of air pollution is changing dramatically as cars become cleaner – leaving personal-care …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 10:43 a.m.
Research sheds new light on EWU professor’s Antarctic dino-discovery
You can tell a lot about a dinosaur by its ankles. For instance, ankles told Eastern Washington University paleontologist Judd Case that the dinosaur he discovered in Antarctica in 2004 …
Mon., Feb. 12, 2018
Ask Dr. Universe: Why does hair turn gray?
Ever since you were born, different cells have been working on your hair. Each hair sprouts from a follicle, a sort of little hair-making factory under your skin. Here, some …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 9:49 p.m.
Bainbridge company banking on the health value of vitamin D
Perhaps the best pitch for Solius might be a glance to the sky on one of the Pacific Northwest’s sullen, drizzly, January mornings. Over the last few years the Bainbridge …
Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 5:25 a.m.
Attention skiers: NASA wants you to head to the mountains
America’s space agency wants you to head for the mountains with a smartphone and a measuring stick.
Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Alaska quake shows complexity of tsunami warnings
The powerful earthquake that struck beneath the Gulf of Alaska early Tuesday generated a tsunami, but before gauges could show that it was very small, warnings went out to a …
Mon., Jan. 22, 2018
Ask Dr. Universe: Animals live in groups for different reasons
Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Jan. 22.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 10:08 p.m.
Spokane astronaut Anne McClain selected for space mission
Anne McClain is going to space. The 38-year-old Spokane native
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 8:28 p.m.
Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons finally taught in space
Thirty-two years after the Challenger disaster, a pair of teachers turned astronauts will pay tribute to Christa McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes on the International Space Station.
Mon., Jan. 15, 2018
Ask Dr. Universe: How are different types of glass made?
We can make glass in factories and we can find it in nature. Some volcanoes make glass. When they spew out lava, it often cools into obsidian, a black glass. …
Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 6:04 p.m.
SpaceX launches secret satellite Zuma on 1st flight of year
SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year.
Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
Ask Dr. Universe: Mountain temperatures have less to do with proximity to the sun and more about air pressure. Or lack of it.
Why is it so cold up in the mountains if heat rises and it’s closer to the sun?
Mon., Dec. 18, 2017
Ask Dr. Universe: How do refrigerators work?
Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.
Mon., Dec. 11, 2017
Ask Dr. Universe: How do grasshoppers survive the winter?
Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, December 11, 2017.