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Research: Arid areas absorb unexpected amounts of carbon

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Evans-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers led by a Washington State University biologist have found that arid areas, among the biggest ecosystems on the planet, take up an unexpectedly large amount of carbon as levels of carbon dioxide increase in the atmosphere. The findings give scientists a better handle on the earth’s carbon budget – how much carbon remains in the atmosphere as CO2, contributing to global warming, and how much gets stored in the land or ocean in other carbon-containing forms. » More …

WSU honors major donation from PACCAR

PACCAR-building-250PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd announced today that the College of Engineering and Architecture will name its newest building in recognition of PACCAR’s major donation to the school. The new 96,000 square foot building will be named the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, and will be a hub for faculty from engineering, the sciences, and allied fields to engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary environmental technology research and education. » More …

April 24: Innovators talk focuses on Northwest quinoa

By Rebecca E. Phillips, University Communications

quinoa-220SEATTLE, Wash. – Efforts to establish a quinoa production center in the Pacific Northwest will be presented by crop breeding expert Kevin Murphy at the Washington State University Innovators lecture and lunch 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 721 Pine St., Seattle. Register at http://bit.ly/1dLtwOL. » More …

WSU breaks ground for new clean tech laboratory

WSU's Clean Tech Laboratory Building site
WSU’s Clean Tech Laboratory Building site

PULLMAN, Wash. – With representatives of the university’s Board of Regents, senior administration and College of Engineering and Architecture faculty on hand, Washington State University today broke ground for the construction of a new $52.8 million, 96,000-square-foot interdisciplinary clean technology laboratory intended to house science and engineering programs and help address a variety of global and environmental challenges.

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WSU researcher creates cooking-oil based ‘bioasphalt’

By Becky Phillips, University Communications

Wen-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Over the past century, asphalt has played an integral role in the American economy, keeping us all connected through a sprawling, easily accessible web of national roadways.  But now, thanks to a researcher at Washington State University, the familiar fossil-fueled-based product is going green.

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