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Monday, October 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Ask Dr. Universe: Why do garden spiders hang upside down in the middle of their webs?

Why do garden spiders hang upside down in the middle of their webs? That’s a great observation. Garden spiders and other orb-weaver spiders crawl all around their webs, but we often see their heads pointing down toward the ground. My friend Todd Murray, an entomologist at Washington State University, told me about a group of scientists.

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do ants build mounds?

Ants build mounds in all shapes and sizes. Beneath those piles of dirt, ants are building their underground homes. That’s what I my friend Rob Clark, an entomologist who studies bugs on plants. His job is to figure out if bugs make a plant sick or help the plant grow.

WSU study seeks breastfeeding moms

The WSU College of Nursing is conducting a study on breastfeeding relationships, and researchers need to hear from more moms who are breastfeeding healthy newborns. Some could win in a drawing for a gift card.

Ask Dr. Universe: How is paper made?

We can make paper in lots of different ways. It often starts with trees. In fact, one of the first kinds of paper we know about was made in China using rags, plants and bark from mulberry trees.

WSU study: Living to 100 requires more than heredity

When it comes to living for a century, good genes help. However, other influences to reach 100 such as environmental and socioeconomic factors weigh in more than previously thought, Spokane researchers say.