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Dr. Universe: Why do some animals live in groups?
January 24, 2018

Fish swim in big schools. Baby ducks waddle in a straight line. Ants and bees divide up labor. The world is full of animals that live in groups and they do it for a few different reasons.

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Dr. Universe: How is glass made?
January 12, 2018

Dr-Universe enews-logoWe can make glass in factories and we can find it in nature. Some volcanoes make glass. When they spew out lava, it often cools into obsidian, a black glass.

Dr. Universe: How does our refrigerator work?
December 12, 2017

Dr-Universe enews-logoWhile a stove or oven produces heat, a fridge can’t actually produce something called “cold.” So, how does a refrigerator manage to keep all your food cool?

We have to engineer it. We must design a system that can carefully remove heat and put it somewhere else.

See the complete answer on the Dr. Universe website, featuring Jake Leachman, from Washington State University’s college of engineering.

Building tools to protect America’s power grid
December 6, 2017

Puerto Rico’s struggle to recover, without electricity, from the devastation of Hurricane Maria serves as a reminder of how important it is to keep power grids safe and secure.

Modified diamonds and the future of computing
November 30, 2017

A group of researchers has discovered a way to modify diamonds that opens up important applications in the field of quantum computing and in radiation detection.

WSU joins nuclear security “Center of Excellence”
November 29, 2017

Researchers will focus on three specific themes: the properties and structure of nanoscale radioactive materials; the thermochemistry, or heat energy, associated with these materials; and how nanoscale nuclear materials react in various chemical environments.

Researchers join power grid simulation spanning two continents
November 29, 2017

The recent simulation, called the Real Time (RT) Super Lab, aims to boost future electric grid stability. If electricity can be moved across the globe rather than within only isolated networks, the researchers hope that the work will someday lead to savings on infrastructure and energy use.

Researchers study behavior to improve energy efficiency in buildings
November 13, 2017

In collaboration with William O’Brien from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, assistant professor Julia Day recently published a paper in Energy Research and Social Science, that explores occupant behavior in high efficiency buildings. Their research could lead to better designed and more efficient buildings—that work for their occupants.

Dr. Universe: How does rubber bounce?
November 1, 2017

Whether it comes from trees or is made by scientists in a lab, rubber can really bounce. Well, a rubber band or rubber on your shoes might not be very bouncy. But a super bouncy rubber ball? It can really catch some air.