Stories tagged: science
Tue., March 8, 2016, 3:47 p.m.
Whole Foods to install rooftop solar at 100 stores
Whole Foods Market Inc. is embracing solar power. The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain has signed agreements with SolarCity and NRG Energy Inc. to install rooftop solar units at up to …
Tue., March 8, 2016, 12:54 p.m.
Marijuana testing lab closed because of disputed results
One of a dozen state-certified marijuana testing labs is closed amid a dispute over testing results.
Tue., March 8, 2016, 9:39 a.m.
U.S. breaks record for hottest winter
Federal meteorologists say the winter that has just ended was the hottest in U.S. records, thanks to the combination of El Nino and man-made global warming.
Sat., March 5, 2016, 10:05 a.m.
Scientists discover possible new octopus species near Hawaii
HONOLULU – Scientists say they have discovered what might be a new species of octopus while searching the Pacific Ocean floor near the Hawaiian Islands.
Thu., March 3, 2016, 10:09 a.m.
Brandi Chastain pledges her brain for concussion study
Brandi Chastain, who scored the game-winning penalty kick that gave the United States the 1999 Women’s World Cup title, has pledged to donate her brain for concussion research when she …
Thu., March 3, 2016, 8:15 a.m.
PNNL collaborating on world’s newest atom smasher
A new atom smasher with the potential to help physicists explain some of the mysteries of the universe has circulated beams for the first time.
Thu., March 3, 2016, 7:04 a.m.
Michigan governor hires lawyers for Flint water issues
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has hired two outside lawyers to assist with civil representation and to search and process emails and other records connected to Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis.
Thu., March 3, 2016, 6:54 a.m.
Emptying to start on Hanford tank with interior leak
Work to empty Hanford’s oldest double-shell tank is expected to start anytime as a March 4 deadline looms.
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 5:57 p.m.
Global warming doubts spur push to block science standards
Doubt over man’s contribution to global warming, particularly through burning coal for power, is fueling a push by West Virginia lawmakers to block new science standards in schools.
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 3:26 p.m.
NASA taps North Idaho school for satellite project
A charter school in Rathdrum, Idaho, is headed to space. NASA has picked a team of high school students at STEM Charter Academy to design and build a small research …
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 9:10 a.m.
Radiation blown onto highway at Hanford ‘alarming’ to EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency says the uncontrolled spread of small amounts of radioactive waste at Hanford after a Nov. 17 windstorm is alarming.
Fri., Feb. 19, 2016, 12:50 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers introduce bill to ban fetal tissue sales
The Idaho Legislature is the latest state to consider making it illegal to buy, sell or experiment upon fetal tissue, even though no such practice exists in the state.
Fri., Feb. 19, 2016, 11:23 a.m.
Record number of astronaut wannabes apply to NASA – 18,300
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Space travel never looked so good. NASA announced Friday it received a record number of applicants – some 18,300 – for its next astronaut class. That’s …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 1:46 p.m.
Traffic-death increase highest in 50 years in 2015
The number of traffic deaths in the United States rose 8 percent from 2014 to 2015, the largest year-to-year percentage increase in a half-century, according to preliminary estimates Wednesday by …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 12:55 p.m.
Israeli archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old settlement
Israeli archaeologists said Wednesday they have unearthed a 7,000-year-old settlement in northern Jerusalem, describing it as the oldest discovery of its kind in the area.
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 4:47 p.m.
UN: Stopping Zika may require genetically modified insects
The World Health Organization says it may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are spreading the Zika virus across the …
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 11 a.m.
Oklahoma earthquakes prompt agency to order well cutbacks
Oklahoma oil-and-gas regulators are making their most far-reaching directive yet in response to the spike in earthquakes in the state by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to …
Mon., Feb. 15, 2016, 5:49 p.m.
Idaho engineer shares story of her ‘Mars’ adventure
A visit to Mars is still the stuff of best-selling fiction and big-budget Hollywood movies. But a North Idaho woman has played a real role in imagining the human experience …
Fri., Feb. 12, 2016, 1:07 p.m.
Your Neanderthal inheritance could affect your mood, skin and smoking habits
It’s been 40,000 years since the Neanderthals disappeared, but their lingering genetic legacy may be influencing your health.
Thu., Feb. 11, 2016, 2:52 p.m.
WSU contributed to groundbreaking detection of gravitational waves
Professors and graduate students from Washington State University were among more than 1,000 researchers involved in the worldwide effort to detect gravitational waves and confirm Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 11, 2016, 11:26 a.m.
Major breakthrough: Albert Einstein-predicted ripples detected by scientists
In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a …
Wed., Feb. 10, 2016, 11:13 a.m.
Spontaneous snowballs produced by rare weather event
BOISE – Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids – except there are no human tracks. A rare …
Wed., Feb. 10, 2016, 11:02 a.m.
Secret government payload launched into orbit from California base
A rocket carrying a government payload was successfully launched early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s Central Coast, officials said.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 4:40 p.m.
Supreme Court blocks Obama’s climate change rules
The Supreme Court dealt a surprising setback to President Barack Obama on Tuesday by putting his climate change policy on hold while coal producers and Republican-led states challenge its legality.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 11 a.m.
North Korea restarts plutonium reactor, intelligence chief says
North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said …
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 2:25 p.m.
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on moon, dies in Florida
Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13’s “successful failure” and later devoted his …
Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 7:33 p.m.
First research links California quakes to oil operations
A 2005 spate of quakes in California’s Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday said in the first such link in California between …
Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 2:06 p.m.
Zika virus link to Guillain-Barre syndrome is almost certain, French researcher says
The Zika virus’s health effects generally are described as mild – flu-like symptoms for those who show symptoms at all – or not yet certain, with references to Guillain-Barre syndrome, …
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 10:14 a.m.
Montana lab to focus on Zika virus research
A Montana lab has been studying the Zika virus since it began spreading in Brazil last November.
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016, 11:10 a.m.
WSU researcher noted as top-cited author, influential mind
Washington State University professor and researcher Yuehe Lin may be one of the most cited authors and most influential minds in the world, but he readily acknowledges he didn’t make …