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Ask Dr. Universe: Where did the first nerves come from?

While the human body has many parts made up of lots cells, some living things are actually just one little cell – an amoeba or a bacteria, for example.


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Chinese space station mostly burns up as it re-enters atmosphere

Chinese space authorities say the defunct Tiangong 1 mostly burned up upon re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere in the central South Pacific.


Ask Dr. Universe: How come broccoli is good for you?

When we chew or cut broccoli, we damage the plant tissues and a new compound forms. It’s actually this compound in broccoli that gives off that, well, unique broccoli smell. …


Can a 1-year-old reason like a scientist? Yes, new research concludes.

In intriguing research, a team of scientists may have discovered the earliest age at which a person can reason logically: 12 months.


Ask Dr. Universe: Create your own sunset at home

You can try all kinds of fun experiments at home. It really all depends on what you are curious about. Lately, I’ve seen some really great sunsets and started wondering …


Ask Dr. Universe: Cows have different moos for different situations

Ask Dr. Universe column for Feb. 26, 2018.


Ask Dr. Universe: Video games can help us learn

Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.


In a surprising study, scientists say everyday chemicals now rival cars as a source of air pollution

In a major study released Thursday, a team of government and university scientists say that the nature of air pollution is changing dramatically as cars become cleaner – leaving personal-care …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 10:43 a.m.

Research sheds new light on EWU professor’s Antarctic dino-discovery

You can tell a lot about a dinosaur by its ankles. For instance, ankles told Eastern Washington University paleontologist Judd Case that the dinosaur he discovered in Antarctica in 2004 …


Ask Dr. Universe: Why does hair turn gray?

Ever since you were born, different cells have been working on your hair. Each hair sprouts from a follicle, a sort of little hair-making factory under your skin. Here, some …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Bainbridge company banking on the health value of vitamin D

Perhaps the best pitch for Solius might be a glance to the sky on one of the Pacific Northwest’s sullen, drizzly, January mornings. Over the last few years the Bainbridge …


Attention skiers: NASA wants you to head to the mountains

America’s space agency wants you to head for the mountains with a smartphone and a measuring stick.


Alaska quake shows complexity of tsunami warnings

The powerful earthquake that struck beneath the Gulf of Alaska early Tuesday generated a tsunami, but before gauges could show that it was very small, warnings went out to a …


Ask Dr. Universe: Animals live in groups for different reasons

Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Jan. 22.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain selected for space mission

Anne McClain is going to space. The 38-year-old Spokane native


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons finally taught in space

Thirty-two years after the Challenger disaster, a pair of teachers turned astronauts will pay tribute to Christa McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes on the International Space Station.


Ask Dr. Universe: How are different types of glass made?

We can make glass in factories and we can find it in nature. Some volcanoes make glass. When they spew out lava, it often cools into obsidian, a black glass. …


SpaceX launches secret satellite Zuma on 1st flight of year

SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year.


Ask Dr. Universe: Mountain temperatures have less to do with proximity to the sun and more about air pressure. Or lack of it.

Why is it so cold up in the mountains if heat rises and it’s closer to the sun?


Ask Dr. Universe: How do refrigerators work?

Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.


Ask Dr. Universe: How do grasshoppers survive the winter?

Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, December 11, 2017.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Scholarship for Muslim women honors pioneering scientist

The scholarship, established at the Dearborn, Michigan-based Center for Arab American Philanthropy with money from Adawia Alousi’s family trust, is believed to be the first of its kind for Muslim-American …


Ask Dr. Universe: Why is there no cold?

Ask Dr. Universe column for Dec. 4, 2017.


Ask Dr. Universe: What are the northern lights? Do they show every night?

Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.


The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines

A case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about “the first marijuana overdose death” this week … Except that’s …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 5 p.m.

Frozen treats, other supplies rocketing toward space station

A stash of frozen treats and other supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, this time from Virginia’s cold eastern shore.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

We can brighten clouds to reflect heat and reduce global warming. But should we?

WASHINGTON – Ever-higher temperatures are melting the ice sheets faster than projected. Sea level is rising. International efforts to reduce greenhouse gases are taking longer than expected. It’s a nightmare …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

NASA chief nominee promises to keep politics out of agency

President Donald Trump’s nominee for NASA chief has been criticized for promoting political divisiveness and rejecting climate change science. He says he’ll run the space agency on a consensus agenda …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:51 p.m.

Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he will replace the panels that advise him on science and public health issues with new members holding more diverse views.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

TV host Hazen Audel will present ‘Survive the Wild’ at Fox Theater

Most people will need a few Google searches to peg where Hazen Audel has survived the elements in 2017.