The New York Times – A group of Washington State University journalism students spent 11 days in Cuba, meeting Cuban journalists at state-run newspapers and Radio Havana, along with ordinary Cubans, from a taxi driver to a hairdresser. The trip was authorized under U.S. rules as educational, and professors kept careful records of their itineraries, as required by regulations — even though they’ve never, from past trips, been asked for proof of their activities.Continue reading
Nature – Bees have been found in fossils (pictured) that date to around the same time as the first flowers. “And then there was a huge radiation of plants, accompanied by a radiation of bees,” says entomologist Walter S. Sheppard of Washington State University in Pullman. Today, there are 25,000 species of bees, which are found on every continent except Antarctica.
The Guardian – A-ha! Reverse sexism! I knew if I stayed vigilant I’d spot some! Sexist, perhaps, but also documented: researchers at Washington State University recently hooked up pairs of parents to recording devices for a day.
Time Magazine – Mark VanDam, a professor in speech and hearing sciences at Washington State University, wanted to find out in his new study presented at the annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. While previous studies have looked at how moms and dads interact with their preschoolers, most of these have been in the rather artificial setting of a lab. So researchers led by VanDam strapped recording devices on both parents and their toddlers for an entire day in order to hear what parents were really saying to their children—and how they were saying it—in a more natural setting.
The Californian – SPOKANE, Wash. – They don’t stand on snobbishness when it comes to making wine at Washington State University. For the past six years, every wine made by a WSU enology student or researcher has come with a screw cap.
Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining – Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of aviation biofuels in the next five years. The researchers used Aspergillus carbonarius ITEM 5010 to create hydrocarbons, the chief component of petroleum, similar to those in aviation fuels.
National Public Radio – When we lose sleep, it seems we lose our ability to think on our feet — to take in new information and adjust our behavior, according to a study published in the June issue of the journal Sleep. Researchers at Washington State University figured this out by rounding up 26 volunteers. Half went without any sleep for two days, while the other half slept normal hours. Over the course of a week, the scientists tested everyone’s ability to complete decision-making tests.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News – Washington State University has laid out “a very ambitious path” to follow over the next eight years and has just completed Phase One, WSU President Elson Floyd said Tuesday at a Pullman Chamber of Commerce luncheon. “We are determined to do all that we possibly can to improve the value of the investment that all of you have made at Washington State University, and we will do that in a whole host of ways,” Floyd said.Continue reading
The TODAY Show – But when someone is injured using workout equipment, it’s most likely to be on a treadmill. According to Janessa Grave, professor at the College of Nursing at Washington State University, treadmills are responsible for 66 percent of injuries on home exercise equipment. In a 2013 study on injuries connected to home exercise equipment, Graves found among adults over age 25, most injuries were sprains or strains. Older adults, ages 65 or older, had greater odds of being admitted to the hospital from a home equipment injury.
The Minnesota Star-Tribune – Scientists agree that human beings can be composted. Already countless farms across the country, including at least a third of Washington state’s dairy farms, compost the bodies of dead livestock. “I’m absolutely sure that it can work,” said Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, a soil scientist at Washington State University who serves on the advisory board of the Urban Death Project, a nonprofit that Spade founded.Continue reading
The Washington Post – Data suggests that the problem is getting worse. As high-tech, high-powered treadmills proliferate, so, too, do the digital distractions that make the machines even more dangerous. “We have to weigh the costs and the benefits of these types of activities, and just be aware of what some of the risks are,” says Janessa M. Graves, a professor at the College of Nursing at Washington State University who led a 2013 study of exercise machine injuries.
The Times of India – Across the world there isn’t much information available to determine what causes large carnivores to turn man-eaters, but certain studies have provided some leads. Citing an example, Athreya said that research at the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University had found a co-relation between hunting and incidents of attacks by mountain lions on humans. “A separate study carried out in the Russian Far East on tiger attacks on humans had found that most of the attacks had been provoked. For instance, if a tiger had lost a member of its family to hunters, it was likely to turn aggressive and attack humans,” she added.Continue reading
The Washington Post – A Washington State University analysis in 1995 showed that biodynamic farms typically had better soil quality, lower crop yields and equal or higher profitability. Improving soil quality is at the heart of biodynamics. The eight preparations promoted by Steiner are all geared toward that goal. Lundy said its methods enable practitioners to irrigate less, spray pesticides less often while maintaining reliable yields.
The New York Times – In theory, adding food to digesters processing manure or sewage has advantages, said Chad Kruger, director of the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, chief among them that it increases methane production. But without an infrastructure in place to handle, transport and process the material, building that kind of energy system has been too difficult and expensive to spread widely.
The Washington Post – Will Vladimir Putin revive American evangelicals’ faith that Jesus is coming soon? He just might. Over the past 150 years, evangelicals have used global chaos to propel their movement forward. Lining up world events with ancient biblical prophecies, they have offered adherents secret knowledge of the past, the present and the future. Evangelicals know how to make their beliefs relevant to the day’s headlines in a way that no other American religious group has matched.
The Pakistan Observer – “I didn’t believe the clinical lore that it would only occur in people in their 50s,” says study author Brian Sharpless, PhD, of Washington State University. “That didn’t make a lot of biological sense to me.” After conducting a review of the scientific literature on exploding head syndrome in the journal Sleep Medicine Reviews, Dr. Sharpless decided that more research was required to fully understand the rare condition.
The Washington Post – Another hurdle is the research on what people actually do after publicly pledging or promising (to themselves, or to others) to engage in some behavioral change. “There’s a lot of evidence on the difference between people making public pledge to do things, and then privately following up on them,” says Craig Parks, a social psychologist at Washington State University. Indeed, there’s experimental evidence suggesting that even when people know they need to cut back on using up resources, they only do so for a short period of time.
The New York Times – Armand Mauss, a retired professor of sociology and religious studies at Washington State University, said the figures also might represent a shift to having missionaries focus on bringing inactive Mormons back into the faith. Social scientists estimate that half or more of all converts stop attending church within a year of their baptism. As a result, new missionaries have likely spent time trying to “reconvert” people who strayed, Mauss said.
The Spokesman-Review – The politics of establishing a second medical school shouldn’t impede efforts to ramp up medical education in Spokane this year. The University of Washington and Washington State University both agree that many more students are needed. The state can’t wait. The Legislature passed a bill that allows WSU Spokane to seek accreditation for its medical school, and the governor signed it. However, that process will take time, and the first graduates of the new school won’t materialize for at least a decade. In the meantime, the Legislature shouldn’t back away from its commitment to the WWAMI program run by the University of Washington.