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Shifting the genetic paradigm with epigenetics

From the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Michael-SkinnerPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University biologist Michael Skinner isn’t one to shy away from a good fight. In fact, prominently displayed on his webpage are the words: “If you are not doing something controversial, you are not doing something important.” » More …

If life can make it here, it can make it anywhere

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By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Dirk Schulze-MakuchPULLMAN, Wash. – If the origin of life is common on other worlds, the universe should be a cosmic zoo full of complex multicellular organisms. » More …

Researchers improve catalyst efficiency for clean industries

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Atom-trapping-of-PtO2-on-ceria-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers have developed a way to use less platinum in chemical reactions commonly used in the clean energy, green chemicals and automotive industries, according to a paper published this week in Science. » More …

Pacific Northwest no ‘Tornado Alley,’ but twisters do occur

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

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – On a single afternoon last month, eight twisters dropped down on southern Minnesota, earning that day the name “Tornado Tuesday” in media reports. Fortunately, the twisters touched down in mostly open areas and no one was injured. A month earlier, 24 tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, one person was killed and a state of emergency was declared in 15 counties. » More …

Men’s magazine article associated with sexual aggression

By Darin Watkins, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

mens-fitness-magazinePULLMAN, Wash. – A recent article in Men’s Fitness magazine, “How to Turn a ‘No’ into a ‘Yes,’ ” has attracted angry messages on Twitter from readers who argue this approach encourages men to be sexually coercive. Research at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and the Department of Human Development at Washington State University shows why that’s true and why stories like this can promote sexual aggression. » More …

Coffee vs. energy drinks: No difference in caffeine absorption

By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy

coffee-from-wikimedia-commonsSPOKANE, Wash. – A study at Washington State University is the first published comparison of caffeine absorption after consumption of coffee versus energy drinks and the impacts of temperature and rate of consumption. » More …

Video, tours highlight canola crop trials, preparation

By Karen Sowers, WSU Extension

RICHLAND, Wash. – Record or near-record canola yields are expected this year in eastern Washington and the video below shows a crop near Odessa being pushed into tight rows for gradual ripening before harvest in about a week. » More …

Drone captures vineyard irrigation data

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

vine-drone-smallPROSSER, Wash. – People may notice a small, unmanned helicopter flying over Washington vineyards this summer, but don’t worry. Doing work for science, it is fully approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. » More …