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UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 22, 2020

By decoding the coronavirus genome, scientists seek the upper hand against COVID-19

Those nucleotides conceal secrets of the virus’ past, including its origins, its passage among families and its journey to distant ports. They signal how long it has been at large …


Navy Lt. Kayla Barron of Richland completes astronaut training, sets her sights on the stars

The 32-year-old graduated Friday from a two-year astronaut training program in Houston. She’s among the class of new astronauts who’ll be eligible for space flight as NASA sets its sights …


The signal of human-caused climate change has emerged in every day weather, study finds

For the first time, scientists have detected the “fingerprint” of human-induced climate change on daily weather patterns at the global scale. If verified by subsequent work, the findings, published Thursday …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Richland woman among astronaut candidates completing their NASA training in January

Navy Lt. Kayla Barron, 32, will be among the 11 astronaut candidates graduating from spaceflight training next month. Any of those astronauts could be selected for manned missions to the …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 30, 2019

Science warnings, U.S .retreat add urgency to UN climate talks

Climate meeting in Madrid gains fresh urgency amid scientists’ warnings, political discord over global warming


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

California researchers record the heart rate of a blue whale in the wild for the first time

Researchers from Stanford and UC San Diego have achieved a difficult breakthrough, making the first recordings of a blue whale’s beating heart while the animal swam in the wild along …


Aaron Putzke: The dangers of rejecting science

Now more than ever it is true that if we do not choose the path of a life well examined, using faith, reason and evidence, we risk losing everything.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

Even computer algorithms can be biased. Scientists have different ideas of how to prevent that

Scientists say they’ve developed a framework to make computer algorithms “safer” to use without creating bias based on race, gender or other factors. The trick, they say, is to make …


Mercury putting on rare show Monday, parading across the sun

Mercury is putting on a rare show next week, parading across the sun


YWCA Women of Achievement honors WSU professor Celestina Barbosa-Leiker with science, technology and environment award

Hard work is part of Celestina Barbosa-Leiker’s DNA. As a child she watched her parents get advanced degrees while they worked and as a Latina woman, Barbosa-Leiker knew hard work …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

Gonzaga breaks ground on $56 million science and engineering building

The 82,000-square-foot Integrated Science and Engineering Facility, scheduled to open by fall 2021, will include 12 teaching laboratories, four research labs, classrooms, faculty offices and a “collaboration studio,” according to …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Missing: Nearly 3 billion birds that used to live in North America

North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970, according to a new analysis of bird survey and radar data.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

India loses touch with lander on its final approach to moon

India’s space agency said it lost touch Saturday with its Vikram lunar lander as it made its final approach to moon’s south pole to deploy a rover to search for …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

As monarch butterflies vanish, researchers investigate road salt as culprit – and cure

In an effort to understand why monarch populations are plummeting, researchers at the University of Minnesota are investigating road salt as both a culprit and an unlikely solution. Across the …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Breeding has shaped dogs’ brains, MRI scans reveal

As hunters, fetchers, and vigilant protectors, dogs have honed a wide array of specialized skills through centuries of breeding.


Citizen journal: Girlfriends have fun finding, identifying bumblebees as part of multistate effort

Pair of south Spokane neighbors find helping with a bumblebee identification project is both challenging and satisfying.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

Train station experiment reveals one way to counteract bias against Muslims

The findings, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal that discrimination is a somewhat fluid phenomenon that can be mitigated – within certain limits.


Hawaii telescope backers seek permit for alternative site

The director of a Spanish research center said Monday that the international consortium that wants to build a giant telescope on Hawaii’s tallest peak despite protests from Native Hawaiians has …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Studying black bears in Washington? Use cow blood and fish oil

On a sunny Tuesday morning in the tree-covered mountains of the Colville National Forest, all was quiet except for a steady


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Spokane schools’ STEM camp offers building blocks for young minds

The Spokane Public Schools’ annual four-week STEM camp draws upward of 300 kindergartners through eighth-graders each at Chase and Shaw middle schools.


Study: Earth warmed faster in the last few decades than the previous 1,900 years

After analyzing 2,000 years of detailed records kept by both nature and humans, researchers have discovered that the average surface temperature of the Earth has warmed faster in the past …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Scientists find new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes

Scientists develop new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

NASA opening moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions

NASA prepping to open moon rock samples sealed since the Apollo missions


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019

Most Spokane elementary schools dropping art class in favor of science

Spokane Public Schools are moving ahead with changes to teaching visual arts: Under the format for next year, students in all 34 elementary schools will spend most of their day …


Ask Dr. Universe: How do plants know when it’s spring?

Plants sense temperature and daylight to know when its time to grow.


Old, misleading info among perils of teaching climate change

When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she’d never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit’s hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online …


UPDATED: Sat., May 11, 2019

They call it a ‘bat apocalypse.’ The fungus causing it is spreading across Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife announced this week that the fungus was found in 22 sites in 16 counties in 2019. Eleven of those counties are new, and it has now …


What are the dangers of using DNA kit testing for health concerns?

While most Americans are buying DNA kits to find out where their ancestors were born, many are opting for detailed profiles of their health risks. But those tests often don’t …


DNA testing gives Spokane woman a second surprise on her family tree

After discovering her birth mother through public records and the help of a silent benefactor in the late 1980s, Barbara Arnold was shocked once again when new technology revealed the …


Ask Dr. Universe: Why do you get dizzy when you read on the road?

Without even thinking about it, humans can use their eyes, ears, sense of touch, and brain to keep their balance. But sometimes these senses get a little mixed up.