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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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Dinosaur Guts Preserved In Fossil Remains Of Previously Unknown Species Show Extraordinary Details

This fossilized baby dinosaur has proved to be so well-preserved that scientists can see muscle fibers and the intestine. Photo by Associated Press


Broken Tools, Other Mishaps Wrench Mir Spacewalk

In an embarrassing failure that capped a tense day, two Mir cosmonauts canceled a spacewalk Tuesday because they ran out of wrenches and into several minor problems aboard the aging …


Mutant Nucleus Of Atoms Take On Football Shapes

Pop quiz: What shape is the nucleus of an atom? If you said spherical, you’re right - for almost every isotope of almost every element. But in some weird cases, …


Supernova’s Blast Sets Off Stellar Display Ring Of Fire Draws Telescopes To Distant Galaxy

A photo taken in 1994, left, shows the glowing gas ring around the supernova. The gas, excited by light from the explosion, had been fading for a decade. But the …


Trace Of Deadly 1918 Flu Epidemic Holds Research Promise Corpse, One Of 21 Million Dead, Yields Sample

A specimen of the influenza virus that killed 21 million people in the 1918 worldwide epidemic has been recovered from the frozen remains of a flu victim buried in Alaska. …


Meeting Erupts In Excitement Offshore Volcano Shakes With Strongest Quake Recorded At Peak

The clusters of white dots on this topographic map of the sea floor mark the epicenters of a swarm of earthquakes from Sunday through Tuesday after the volcano Axial erupted …


Endeavor Heads For Space Rendezvous Shuttle Expected To Link With Mir On Saturday

The Astronauts: from front left, Joe Edwards, Terry Wilcutt, Bonnie Dunbar, Michael Anderson, Salizhan Sharipov, Andy Thomas, James Reilly. Photo by Associated Press


Scientists Extend Life Of Human Cell

Striking new evidence that life span may be stretchable is coming from experiments in which human cells were engineered to stay young and vigorous far longer than usual, scientists reported …


Nasa Manager ‘Thrilled’ As Spacecraft Heads To Moon

NASA’s Lunar Prospector probe hurtled on course Wednesday toward a weekend rendezvous with the moon. The spacecraft’s communications with Earth were steady and clear, its five science instruments successfully activated. …


Huge Black Hole At Hub Of Milky Way Eating Up Old Stars Astronomers Say This Is ‘Best Evidence Yet’

Astronomers reported new evidence Wednesday that an immense black hole, weighing as much as 2,600,000 suns, squats at the hub of the Milky Way, gobbling up elderly stars while the …


Cloning Advocate Breeds Contempt Medical Skeptics, Moral Critics Attack Plan To Replicate Humans

A scientist’s claim that he will start cloning humans within two years set off a nationwide clamor Wednesday from doctors who say it can’t be done, ethicists who say it …


Soon, Pioneer Won’t Call Home Space Voyager, Spanning Half-Million Miles A Day, Heading Out Of Range

A quarter-century after its launch, Pioneer 10 is still helping astronomers explore the universe. But the little spacecraft is slowly fading from radio contact and will be beyond the reach …


Mars Mission Ends With Whimper Brave Little Sojourner Can’t Wake Mother Ship

Journalists view a 3-D image of Mars generated by the Pathfinder mission at a NASA news conference in Pasadena. Photo by Associated Press


Mars Mission Plans Are On Life-Support Nasa Tests Chamber With Eye Toward Future

Already, NASA is studying what it takes for humans to survive on Mars. File/Associated Press


Frozen Eggs Produce Twin Boys Fertility Breakthrough Opens Childbirth Options For Women

In what may be the first such case in the United States, a Georgia woman gave birth after being implanted with eggs that had been frozen. Up to now, U.S. …


El Nino’s Quiet Cousin UW Researchers Say Climatic Pattern Weaker But Has Decades-Long Effects

Researchers at the University of Washington say they’ve found evidence of a Pacific weather pattern that has many of the characteristics of El Nino but is spread over decades. The …


Mir To Be A-Ok, Says Russian Official

A top Russian space official predicted Tuesday that the crew of the Mir space station will completely repair damage from a June cargo ship collision before the end of the …


1,500 Scientists Urge Cuts In Emissions To Curb Warming

More than 1,500 scientists, including 98 Nobel laureates, urged President Clinton Tuesday to fight for cuts in carbon dioxide emissions during the global climate conference this December in Kyoto, Japan. …