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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.

Marc Weber
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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.