Stories tagged: science
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.
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
Scholarship for Muslim women honors pioneering scientist
The scholarship, established at the Dearborn, Michigan-based Center for Arab American Philanthropy with money from Adawia Alousi’s family trust, is believed to be the first of its kind for Muslim-American …
Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 6 p.m.
Ask Dr. Universe: Why is there no cold?
Ask Dr. Universe column for Dec. 4, 2017.
Mon., Nov. 27, 2017
Ask Dr. Universe: What are the northern lights? Do they show every night?
Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines
A case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about “the first marijuana overdose death” this week … Except that’s …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 5 p.m.
Frozen treats, other supplies rocketing toward space station
A stash of frozen treats and other supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, this time from Virginia’s cold eastern shore.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:03 p.m.
We can brighten clouds to reflect heat and reduce global warming. But should we?
WASHINGTON – Ever-higher temperatures are melting the ice sheets faster than projected. Sea level is rising. International efforts to reduce greenhouse gases are taking longer than expected. It’s a nightmare …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 12:45 p.m.
NASA chief nominee promises to keep politics out of agency
President Donald Trump’s nominee for NASA chief has been criticized for promoting political divisiveness and rejecting climate change science. He says he’ll run the space agency on a consensus agenda …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:51 p.m.
Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he will replace the panels that advise him on science and public health issues with new members holding more diverse views.
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 1:07 p.m.
TV host Hazen Audel will present ‘Survive the Wild’ at Fox Theater
Most people will need a few Google searches to peg where Hazen Audel has survived the elements in 2017.
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 10:53 a.m.
Women’s health docs say Trump ignores birth control science
The Trump administration’s new birth control rule is raising questions among some women’s health experts, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts …
Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:42 p.m.
Researchers using Hanford gravitational waves lab win Nobel Prize in Physics
Three American physicists won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work discovering gravitational waves, bolstering Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 6:35 a.m.
Australia to create its own space agency for economic boost
Australia announced on Monday it would create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy.
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 6:12 a.m.
New model confirms endangered right whales are declining
Researchers with the federal government and the New England Aquarium have developed a new model they said will provide better estimates about the North Atlantic right whale population, and the …
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
Key Antarctic glacier just lost a piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan
An enormous Antarctic glacier has given up an iceberg over 100 square miles in size, the second time in two years it has lost such a large piece in a …
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 9:55 a.m.
WSU scientists exploring alternatives to dense jet fuel
A research team at Washington State University is studying a process for synthesizing dense jet fuel from mint, pine, gumweed, eucalyptus or other plants, according to a WSU News release.
Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 2:14 p.m.
Babies try harder when they see you sweat, research shows
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Especially if a baby is watching.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Earth sweltered to 3rd-hottest August, summer on record
Earth just sweated through the third hottest August and summer on record.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:02 p.m.
Lectures ‘bring science and nature’ into prison
More than 20 inmates at the Snake River Correctional Institution minimum-security facility were given the chance to take part in some community education when two presenters from local wildlife and …
Sun., Sept. 17, 2017
Sarah Coefield: Amid Montana’s wildfires, I help people breathe
MISSOULA – It’s late August when I get a call from a grandmother. She lives in nearby Seeley Lake and she’s heard we have air purifiers – filters that can …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:14 p.m.
Cassini Spacecraft’s long tour comes to an end
Washington State University alumnus and professor emeritus at the University of Idaho David Atkinson talks about sentimental end of trip for the Cassini Spacecraft.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
Scientists listen in on volcano’s inner workings
Scientists have been listening to Mount St. Helens for decades, and yet the rumbling volcano still holds many secrets about its subterranean activities. However, a recent experiment using a new …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 8:44 p.m.
NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft faces fiery finish
After a 20-year voyage, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is poised to dive into Saturn this week to become forever one with the exquisite planet.