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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, 9:42 p.m.

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, 7:36 p.m.

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, 10:44 p.m.

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, 6:50 p.m.

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, 9:31 p.m.

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, 7:04 p.m.

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, 9:15 a.m.

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, 8:37 p.m.

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, 9:50 p.m.

Scientists find new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes

Scientists develop new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

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, 10:31 a.m.

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, 9:04 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp

A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado


UPDATED: Sat., April 27, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Scientists turned brain signals into speech. One day, it could help people who can’t talk.

In a paper published in Nature this week, a team from the University of California, San Francisco explained how they created a “neural decoder” that can create speech. The team …


Thanks a lot, Grandma: Negative effects of Roundup chemical doesn’t surface for generations, WSU researcher says

Much of the food we eat today may impact our great-grandchildren, a prominent WSU researcher said. Bayer, the company that owns the chemical in question, is fighting that assertion.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 3:11 p.m.

Scientists spur some activity in brains of slaughtered pigs

Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

Picture was clear, but black hole’s name a little fuzzy

The newly pictured supermassive black hole is a beast with no name, at least not an official one. And what happens next could be cosmically confusing.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Black holes may finally be ready for their close-up

The Event Horizon Telescope is a network of 10 radio telescopes on four continents that collectively operate like a single instrument nearly the size of the Earth. The scientists behind …


Inland Northwest Concerned Scientists group aims to connect experts with the community through Science Cafes

At a recent Science Cafe event, organized by the Inland Northwest Concerned Scientists, attendees happily consumed refreshments while some chatted about Superworms or hissing cockroaches.


Ask Dr. Universe: How many different types of plankton are there?

We can find millions and millions of plankton in bodies of water all over the world – from oceans, rivers, and lakes to ponds and mud puddles.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

Young Seychelles researcher offered surprise, historic dive

Young Seychelles researcher makes surprise first dive to depth in nation’s uncharted waters.