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The Rock Doc: Keeping warm on a cold night with gold fever

I own a couple of small gold nuggets. They came from the Round Mountain gold mine in Nevada, which I visited a few years ago. A tour of the open-pit …


Rock Doc: Old drug offers new hope for quitting alcohol

Alcoholism runs in part of my family. I lost a grandfather to it, and a couple of others in the family have been affected by it to greater or lesser …


The Rock Doc: Growth rings track more than the age of trees

As every schoolchild knows, counting the growth rings in a tree tells you how old the tree is. But some samples of wood can tell you even more than age. …


The Rock Doc: Capitol Christmas Tree data could help us improve tradition

I know we are still only in Advent. But at this point in December, my mind starts to turn toward Christmas. It just can’t be helped, especially with all the …


Rock Doc: Miners’ mercury still makes mark on environment

When I was a younger and more sprightly woman, I spent part of my life investigating unusual hot springs in rural California. They were salty and quite stinky springs out …


The Rock Doc: Working together may be the key to weight loss

We all know the basic medical facts: We should make healthy choices about what we eat and incorporate exercise into our busy lives. Most of the science of weight loss …


The Rock Doc: Cascadia earthquake could bring severe damage to West Coast

“It’s 8:16 on a chilly, wet morning. … You’ve just arrived at work and are pouring a cup of coffee when you become aware of a low rumbling noise. Within …


The Rock Doc: Elephants’ recognition skills may be on point

I don’t know the full heritage of my mutt from the pound, Buster Brown by name. Buster was listed as a “Lab mix” by the humane society, but my vet …


The Rock Doc: Brucellosis research might help fight other diseases

Normally, when a bacterium invades your body, it’s surrounded and engulfed by a white blood cell. If all goes well, the white blood cell kills the bacterium. But a few …


Rock Doc: Indonesian volcano may have caused 13th-century cooldown

When I was a child, I read a lot of murder mysteries. At a young age, I favored the books featuring Miss Marple by Agatha Christie. When I was a …


The Rock Doc: Poker players, you got to know how to hold ’em

Experienced poker players know the basic odds of drawing the card they need to build a better hand. They also are good at estimating if their hand is likely to …


The Rock Doc: JFK sent us to the moon and far beyond

When I was a baby in the early 1960s, President John F. Kennedy famously said we should put a man on the moon within the decade. I was in grade …


Rock Doc: Raw poultry doesn’t need rinsing

Cooking is part necessity, but it’s also partly cultural. The way we cook says a lot about the societies we live in and the traditions that influence our families. I …


Rock Doc: Family dogs’ forebears mean lives are shorter

It’s just a fact: Most of us outlive our dogs. Indeed, for people who are dog owners throughout their lives, a lot of grieving is guaranteed. Fido No. 1 dies, …


The Rock Doc: Sun’s pole swap will ramp up Northern Lights

This week all the globe enjoys roughly 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of night. The “reason for the season” relates to Earth’s orbit around the sun. During summertime, …


The Rock Doc: Ticks found to be source of new virus

When my dog and I walk along the Snake River during the warm seasons of the year, we can both come home with a tick or two. I’m used to …


Rock Doc: Beef moving off the range, into the laboratory

It sounds like science fiction when you first hear about it, but some people see it as a way of addressing both animal welfare issues and environmental concerns. I’m talking …


Rock Doc: Science is not a mountain, it’s a playground

“Knowledge is a big subject. Ignorance is bigger. And it is more interesting.”


Rock Doc: Wheat stem rust research offers reason for hope

Scientists have been hard at work in recent years combating a significant disease of wheat. Stem rust is caused by a group of nasty fungal organisms that can infect wheat …


Rock Doc: Medieval monks’ records a window to climate study

Ireland enjoys a mild and stable climate. But even in Ireland there are years that stand out. Recently a team of researchers led by Harvard’s Francis Ludlow announced results of …


Rock Doc: Fossil find may help solve big riddle

How dinosaurs grew to be as large as they did has always been a bit of a mystery. Now a new fossil discovery in Yunnan province in China is shedding …


The Rock Doc: Cave formations another record of climate change

Some of the interesting features of certain caves are stalactites and stalagmites, the columnlike features that hang down from the ceiling and are built up from the floor. Humans have …


Rock Doc: Alaska’s coastal glaciers have much to tell

Each year at this time, thousands of tourists embark on cruises along Alaska’s stunning coastal waters. If they are lucky, the tourists experience dry weather, relatively calm seas and breathtaking …


Rock Doc: Brains work differently among tame, wild animals

When I get home from work, I like to play with my old dog, Buster Brown. Despite his membership in the canine branch of the AARP, Buster still likes to …


Rock Doc: Full cost of nuclear program yet to be paid

I’m never quite sure how to respond when the focus of the national media shines briefly on the region where I live – usually described as a “remote” part of …


Rock Doc: Ice studies lead science to core of climatology

Late in the last century, scientists published reams of data about Earth’s climate derived from ice cores taken from Greenland and the Antarctic. By drilling down into the polar ice …


Sign language a new trick for old dogs

Buster Brown, my big mutt from the dog pound, is now 10 years old. Perhaps because he’s a senior citizen, it took him a full week to learn how to …


Rock Doc: Genomics might help defeat citrus disease

Did you have a glass of orange juice this morning? If so, you may want to know that the simple pleasures brought to us by citrus fruit are under attack …


Rock Doc: Japanese break the ice in search for natural gas

The name “natural gas” might be a puzzle. After all, how could there be such a thing as unnatural gas? The reason we call natural gas what we do has …


The Rock Doc: Veterinarians learn grief counseling

Modern veterinary science is a technically advanced field. Some animals receive not just X-rays but sophisticated scans such as MRIs. If you visit a large veterinary hospital you will find …