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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.

In San Francisco’s Embarcadero district, king tides caused flooding between Mission and Howard Street last winter.
Waves of the Future
October 26, 2017

When the tides are high in parts of San Francisco, Charleston, and Miami, city streets experience an odd new kind of flooding that happens even on bright, sunny days. Hope Hui Rising and her students at WSU are working on the front lines of sea level rise, developing urban design strategies to help communities adapt.

Alex Fremier holding a rainbow trout with Pend Oreille and mountains in the background.
Sex that moves mountains; spawning fish influence river profiles
October 23, 2017

A WSU researcher has found that the mating habits of salmon can alter the profile of stream beds, affecting the evolution of an entire watershed. His study is one of the first to quantitatively show that salmon can influence the shape of the land.

More Science & Technology

Ice control of a different color
October 10, 2017

As winter approaches, road de-icers are getting a green makeover. Apple, grape, and cherry skins—waste products from Washington’s fruit and wine industries—are being reborn as sustainable ice melt in an effort to reduce the amount of salt used on roads and hightways for controling ice buildup.

Challenging widely accepted notions about cultural transmission
October 5, 2017

The process of communicating information is known among anthropologists as cultural transmission, and there was a time when it did not exist, when humans or more likely their smaller brained ancestors did not pass on knowledge. Luke Premo, an associate professor of anthropology, would like to know when that was. Writing in the October issue of Current Anthropology, he and three colleagues challenge a widely accepted notion that cultural transmission goes back more than 2 million years.

Dr. Universe: How does an eclipse happen?
August 3, 2017

Dr-Universe enews-logoIt just so happens the Great American Eclipse is coming up on Aug. 21. This solar eclipse will be the only one visible from across the lower 48 states in nearly a hundred years.