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Federal government ending Wyoming wolf protections

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government will end its protections for wolves in Wyoming, where the species was introduced two decades ago to revive it from near extinction in …


Health fund in Ohio set up in Armstrong’s memory

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two fellow lunar pioneers helped launch a children’s health fund Friday in memory of Neil Armstrong, whom they praised as an inspirational team player, a humble hero. …


Colleges open their eyes: Zs are key to GPA

As college students return to campus in the coming weeks, they’ll be showered in the usual handouts of coupons, condoms and credit cards. But some schools are also giving students …


Surgery allows blind orangutan to see her babies

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A formerly blind Sumatran orangutan can see her baby twins for the first time after undergoing cataract surgery in the first such operation in Indonesia. The …


NASA launches twin satellites to radiation belts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Twin satellites rocketed into orbit Thursday on a quest to explore Earth’s treacherous radiation belts and protect the planet from solar outbursts. NASA launched the …


Study: Condemned inmates go for comfort foods

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — On death row, last meals tend to be high in calories and heavy on meat. French fries, soda, ice cream, hamburgers, chicken, steak and pie are …


In drought, drillers offering even water witching

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Well driller Randy Gebke usually uses a geology database and other high-tech tools to figure out where to sink new water wells for clients. But if …


Teen pot use linked to later declines in IQ

NEW YORK (AP) — Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests. The researchers didn’t find the same IQ dip for people …


NASA’s pioneering astronauts: Where are they now?

As space exploration has become more common and the number of astronauts has risen past 300, many names have faded into the background. But some will forever be associated with …


Armstrong’s small step a giant leap for humanity

WASHINGTON (AP) — When man first harnessed fire, no one recorded it. When the Wright Brothers showed man could fly, only a handful of people witnessed it. But when Neil …


Alzheimer’s drug fails study but flashes potential

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Alzheimer’s treatment from Eli Lilly and Co. failed to slow memory decline in two separate patient studies, but the drug did show some potential to help …


Court: Gov’t can fund embryonic stem cell research

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday refused to order the Obama administration to stop funding embryonic stem cell research, despite complaints the work relies on destroyed human …


White House honoree boasts roots in Colville

William Foege is a giant. It’s not his 6-foot-7 frame that earns him this distinction. Rather, it’s his role in stamping out smallpox and helping to set a global agenda …


Wash. students beat national average in science

SEATTLE — Washington eighth graders did better than the national average on a science test that is given to kids across the country, but two-thirds of the middle school students …


STEM grant to develop education

A Washington nonprofit organization has given $220,000 to spearhead development of a local program focusing on science, technology, engineering and math education. Washington STEM, the nonprofit, also supports the creation …


Dinosaur discoveries are rooted in patience

If you think science is glamorous, walk a mile in Cynthia Faux’s shoes – watching dead birds soak and beef tendons tighten. If you have any doubt that science is …


Science grant to help women

A National Science Foundation grant recently awarded to Gonzaga University is aimed at bringing more women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, often called the STEM fields. The nearly …


Nobel Prize awarded for universe expansion discovery

A Johns Hopkins University professor was one of three scientists awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics today for discovering that the universe is expanding at a faster and faster …


Armed for learning

Lisa Fehling’s second-graders were practically quivering with excitement Thursday as they tried to listen patiently to instructions before dashing to their desks to begin poking, prodding and squishing octopi through …


Organization honors 5 WSU researchers

Five Washington State University researchers have been honored by the largest scientific society in the world for advancing distinguished science applications. The American Association for the Advancement of Science included …


Math, science teachers get paid less than others in Wash.

Lawmakers and other Washington state officials have talked a lot about focusing more on science and math education, but researchers at the University of Washington have found that despite this …


Idaho graduates don’t need to pass science test

BOISE – Idaho is scrapping a rule that would have required high school students to pass standardized tests in science before they graduate, starting with the class of 2013. Idaho …


Adventurer connects thrill-seeking, trigonometry

Summer 1977. John Herrington, suspended from the University of Colorado for lousy grades, hangs by one arm from a cliff, holding a prism for highway surveyors, earning four bucks an …


Gregoire asks every school district to sign grant

Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking all of Washington 295 school districts to join an effort to seek $250 million from the federal government for education reform.


Science learning center in the works

A North Idaho nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science and technology education plans to build a 20,000-square-foot science center in Rathdrum. The North Idaho Discovery Association, or NIDA, plans to …


Pesky bug infestation an ‘environmental wonder’

The smokey-winged ash aphid – that little gray-blue critter flittering around tree-lined residential areas in the Inland Northwest this month – is a harmless but sometimes annoying insect that typically …


Discovery could extend fertility

WASHINGTON – Scientists have produced strong new evidence challenging one of the most fundamental assumptions in biology: that female mammals, including women, are born with all the eggs they will …


EWU professor digs up ancient history in Cyprus

It helps to record a conversation with Georgia Bonny Bazemore so you can listen to it later with the benefit of Google. Because you may have forgotten that Adonis was …


Mission: Space Frontiers

Don’t call Joe Bruce spacey. Call him Space Guy. OK, he gets a little dreamy when talking about landing a man on Mars or traveling outside the solar system.


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