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Researchers study surfaces to improve critical catalysts

catalysis image croppedPULLMAN, Wash. – A WSU research team has developed a way to identify important chemical changes that occur during complex reactions on the surfaces of catalysts. » More …

WSU receives $1 million from Keck Foundation to develop self-replicating materials

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

Brozik James
Kerry Hipps

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University scientists have been awarded $1 million from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop molecular machines that self-replicate, producing pounds of 100-percent pure material.  » More …

Sexual harassment, gender stereotypes prevalent among youth

By Corrie Wilder, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Stacey Hust

PULLMAN, Wash. – Young women enrolled in high schools and colleges told Washington State University researchers that people routinely make sexual comments, both in-person and online, about them and their bodies. » More …

Researchers use single-atom catalyst, convert CO to CO2

By Siddharth Vodnala, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Jean-Sabin McEwen

PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers from Washington State University and Tufts University have demonstrated for the first time that a single metal atom can act as a catalyst in converting carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide, a chemical reaction that is commonly used in catalytic converters to remove harmful gases from car exhaust. » More …

WSU researchers extract nicotine from ancient dental plaque for the first time

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

Woman Smoking PULLMAN, Wash. – A team of scientists including researchers from Washington State University has shown for the first time that nicotine residue can be extracted from plaque, also known as “dental calculus”, on the teeth of ancient tobacco users. » More …

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 …