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College women gather for nonpartisan leadership conference in Spokane

Twenty-two women pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Eastern Washington are gathered in Spokane for a six-day nonpartisan leadership conference aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of women in American politics.


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 …


Schools and care providers seek remedy to nursing shortage

Nursing schools and care facilities are caught between wave of retirees and spike in school applications.


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 3:31 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Leach launches air raid on truth with Trumpian Twitter post

WSU fiddles while football coach Mike Leach burns university’s credibility with hoax Obama post on Twitter.


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Leach sets off tweet storm with fake Obama video

Mike Leach sets off a storm of criticism on Twitter with doctored video of Barack Obama speech.


UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

Bathing in their own secretions: Lime-green spittlebugs are popular on the Palouse this time of year

Tiny lime-green insects with red eyes, called spittlebugs, or “frog hoppers,” are all over the Palouse this spring, relaxing on plants in their own bubble secretions.


Ask Dr. Universe: Why do stink bugs stink?

Stink bugs use smell as a defense against predators.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

WSU regents approve plan to balance athletics budget

The Washington State University regents unanimously approved a plan to balance the school’s athletics department budget.


Ask Dr. Universe: How do bees make honey?

When a bee sucks up nectar from a flower, the sugary liquid flows into its honey stomach. Unlike the stomach where its food goes, the bee uses this tiny compartment …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Washington State professor was heavily involved in recent MLB home run study

A mechanical and materials engineering professor, Lloyd Smith is more renowned for the work he does as director of WSU’s Sports Science Laboratory, a Pullman-based shop that’s become the epicenter …


UPDATED: Sun., June 3, 2018, 8:53 a.m.

Washington State outlines plan to balance athletics budget, break even by end of 2023 fiscal year

The budget strategy, contingent on increased revenue and record donations to the Cougar Athletic Fund, will be presented to the WSU Board of Regents at a retreat at the Willows …


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

With 3.1 million insects and counting, WSU collection gets a boost from alumnus’ estate

To be a farmer, a forester or even a climate scientist, it can help to know a thing or two about insects, like what they eat, where they thrive, which …


WSU wine researchers working to improve the color and taste of rosés

Most people think of rosé wine as a pink drink. Those who love rosé and admire its appearance in the glass will tell you it is something different.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Washington State programs stay clear of penalties as NCAA releases Academic Progress Rate data

All 15 school-sanctioned teams stayed well clear of NCAA penalties, posting multi-year scores better than 960. Eight sports registered scores better than 980 and women’s golf, as reported last week, …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 7:01 a.m.

WSU’s Daily Evergreen named among top student newspapers in the country

The Daily Evergreen at Washington State University was named among the top three student-run daily newspapers in the country, and three Evergreen reporters won national honors for their aggressive coverage …


Couple donates $1 million toward WSU cancer research lab

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine on Tuesday dedicated a cancer research lab to Tamara Hennings, who died from cancer in 2012. Her parents


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.


Ethics complaint dismissed against Rep. Joel Kretz for opposing WSU wolf research

A complaint against Rep. Joel Kretz for his opposition to a Washington State University researcher’s work on wolves was dismissed.


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

Former student sues WSU over handling of racist incident in 2015 at Phi Delta Theta fraternity

Dominique Stewart, who is black, says she was humiliated on the night of Feb. 21, 2015, while she was waiting for a friend in front of the Phi Delta Theta …


Allegations of mismanagement, lack of accountability in internal audit of WSU’s athletic department

Better accountability and a better accounting system are long overdue at Washington State University, the school’s governing body was told Thursday afternoon.


Shawn Vestal: New law requires – eventually – more transparency in WSU sports deficits

The new era of transparency in athletics spending is here at Washington State University, sort of, but it’s off to a vague start.


Apple controversy: Who can sell Cosmic Crisp trees?

Washington growers are so excited about the Cosmic Crisp’s potential, they already planted a half-million trees and plan to add another 5 million this year.


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 …


Bioengineering advances at WSU could help save honey bees

Researchers at Washington State University may be able to help save honey bees by introducing microparticles to the bees’ digestive system that absorb harmful toxins found in pesticides.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 6:07 a.m.

WSU, Pullman police sergeants under investigation for sexual misconduct

Two police sergeants are under investigation after an 18-year-old Washington State University student claimed she was sexually assaulted by a law enforcement officer.


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 6 p.m.

WSU: Stink bugs infesting Puget Sound region

Researchers for Washington State University are being deluged with reports of brown marmorated stink bugs, especially from western Washington.


Whoa, Nellie: Keith Jackson remembered at Rose Bowl

Keith Jackson, the folksy voice of college football for decades on ABC, was remembered as “the Walter Cronkite of sports broadcasting” and a loving husband, father and grandfather away from …


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.


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 …