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Transformation of graphite into hexagonal diamond documented by WSU researchers

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

Stefan Turneaure
Turneaure

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new study by Washington State University researchers answers longstanding questions about the formation of a rare type of diamond during major meteorite strikes. » More …

WSU physicist receives DOE early career award

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

Brian Collins
Collins

PULLMAN, Wash. – Brian Collins, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has received one of 59 national Early Career Research awards from the U.S. Department of Energy for 2017. » More …

New device could turn heat energy into a viable fuel source

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

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Gu

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new device being developed by Washington State University physicist Yi Gu could one day turn the heat generated by a wide array of electronics into a usable fuel source. » More …

WSU scientists help detect gravitational waves for third time

black holeBy Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three billion years ago in a distant galaxy, two massive black holes slammed together, merged into one and sent space–time vibrations, known as gravitational waves, shooting out into the universe. » More …

$1.7 million x-ray microscope to unleash WSU materials research

PULLMAN, Wash. – When it arrives on campus this October, a powerful new $1.7 million x-ray microscope will help Washington State University scientists develop specialized materials for technologies such as self-healing roads, printable batteries and super-efficient solar cells. » More …

‘Negative mass’ created at Washington State University

Michael Forbes WSU physicsBy Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like. Push it, and unlike every physical object in the world we know, it doesn’t accelerate in the direction it was pushed. It accelerates backwards. » More …

March 15-18: Conference considers Manhattan Project legacy

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Hanford History Project at Washington State University Tri-Cities will host a conference March 15-18 at the Red Lion Hanford House that details the global impact of secret U.S. World War II nuclear weapons research and development. » More …

New physics, astronomy chair starts Feb. 1

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Brian Saam, an expert in experimental atomic physics, will become professor and chair of the Washington State University Department of Physics and Astronomy on Feb. 1. » More …

Need for a better microscope prompts launch of a startup

By WIll Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University physicist Matthew McCluskey wasn’t trying to invent the next generation of material characterization microscopes, but when he couldn’t get the results he wanted from the best on the market, he improvised. » More …