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Dr. Universe: Why do cows moo?
March 2, 2018

Just as each person’s voice is a little different, so is each cow’s moo. Amber Adams-Progar, WSU animal scientist, helps Dr. Universe tackle this kid question about animal communication.

Developing technologies for Hanford site
March 1, 2018

Projects include an autonomous vehicle that analyzes radioactive vapors to protect Hanford workers and ultra high-performance concrete to safely immobilize solid secondary wastes.

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A new generation of Titanic exploration
February 21, 2018

A private submarine preparing to map the world’s most famous shipwreck has strong ties to WSU Everett: “We are on the precipice of making history.”

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.

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.