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Crop-saving soil tests now at farmers’ fingertips

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

PCR soil pathogen test in fieldPULLMAN, Wash.  Soil pathogen testing – critical to farming, but painstakingly slow and expensive – will soon be done accurately, quickly, inexpensively and onsite, thanks to research that Washington State University scientists are sharing. » More …

Battle for Spinach: Tiny crop, huge value, no virgin soil, big trouble

indsey-J-du-Toit-WSU Mt Vernon spinach researcher
Du Toit

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – In the Pacific Northwest, spinach seed is a tiny crop with huge value. And it’s in big trouble. » More …

Virtual reality technology developed at WSU enables virtual Olympics participation

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Poster to view the Olympic games via virtual reality at WSUPULLMAN, Wash. – Can’t swing a plane ticket to PyeongChang on short notice? You might still be able to participate in the 2018 Olympics, virtually anyway. Immersive VR technology developed at WSU, and being used at this year’s winter Olympics, is set for a series of public demonstrations on the Pullman campus. » More …

WSU Tri-Cities, WRPS partner to develop technology, protect Hanford workers

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

WSU Tri-Cities concrete research teamRICHLAND, Wash. – Two teams at Washington State University Tri-Cities are partnering with Washington River Protection Solutions to develop tools and methods to improve worker safety and safely immobilize solid secondary wastes. » More …

Sodium battery research could provide cheap, effective lithium alternative

By Mary Catherine Frantz, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Nano Research journal coverPULLMAN, Wash. – Sodium-ion batteries might soon provide a less expensive, viable alternative to lithium-ion batteries thanks to research developed at Washington State University. » More …

WSU researchers build -300ºF alien ocean to test NASA outer space submarine

ººBy Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

NASA logoPULLMAN, Wash. –  Engineers know how to design submarines on Earth, but building one gets a lot trickier when the temperature drops to -300 Fahrenheit and the ocean is made of methane and ethane.  » More …

New water-splitting method could open path to hydrogen economy

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

catalyst nanofoam close upPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water — an important key to making clean energy more viable. » More …

WSU study to test sleep technology in chronic insomnia

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

Devon Grant, WSU sleep researcher
Grant

SPOKANE, Wash. – If you spend your nights staring at the bedroom ceiling, you’re not alone. About a quarter of U.S. adults suffer from insomnia, which significantly impacts their quality of life. » More …

John Peters named an American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

American Academy of Microbiology and American Association for the Advancement of Science logosPULLMAN, Wash. – John Peters, director of Washington State University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry, has been named a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. » More …