WSU News

WSU research to reveal religious spies of WWII

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

Matthew-Sutton-webPULLMAN, Wash. – A secret history of politics, religion and espionage in World War II is the topic of a Washington State University professor’s research receiving new grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. » More …

Does ‘wheat sweat’ add humidity to region’s weather?

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Ripened wheat in the Inland Northwest, taken in late July. (Photo by Henry Moore)

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – “Corn sweat” made big news in late July as the Midwest baked and wilted in heat and humidity. Television reporters standing waist-deep among corn stalks explained how millions of crop acres across the nation’s Corn Belt were contributing to a stretch of miserable weather. » More …

WSU Pullman temporarily suspends parking permit sales

parking-sign-tweakedPULLMAN, Wash. – WSU Transportation Services is suspending all on-line and over-the-counter parking permit sales on the main Pullman campus as a result of computer system problems encountered today while issuing permits to new students. » More …

Grape vines exposed to smoke to test taint from wildfires

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Smoke taint study equipment runs the length of a hoop house of wine grapes at the WSU Prosser research center near WSU Tri-Cities.

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Wine grapes may appear fine after a harsh wildfire season. But if grapes have smoke taint, the finished wine may taste and smell awful – an unpleasant surprise for growers and wine lovers alike. » More …

Saving salmon in the wild – is chum the king?

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Chum salmon spawning. (Photo by Thomas Kline, Salmonography)

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Chum rule. In the same toxic stormwater brew that killed coho salmon in less than three hours, their chum cousins did just fine. » More …

Study: Neonicotinoid pesticides pose low risk to honey bees

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – While neonicotinoid pesticides can harm honey bees, a new study by Washington State University researchers shows that the substances pose little risk to bees in real-world settings. » More …

Meteor ‘outburst’ lights up skies over the Palouse

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From his backyard in Moscow, Idaho, Henry Moore captured a Perseid meteor illuminating the after-midnight sky. (Nikon D3 with a 20-40mm Tamron zoom set to 28mm, F/4, ISO 2000)

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Palouse offered some of the best seats in the house for stargazers during the recent Perseid meteor shower. The convergence of warm temperatures, cloudless skies and scant light pollution made for prime viewing. » More …