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Launch of NASA carbon observatory a success
July 3, 2014

nasa-logo-80VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming.

History and memories as Bookie celebrates 100 years
July 2, 2014

By Larry Clark, Washington State Magazine

bookie-80PULLMAN, Wash. – For 100 years the Washington State University student-owned bookstore, affectionately known as “the Bookie,” has served as a social hub, a source of funds for the student body and, of course, the place to get textbooks and supplies.

Research: Women more sensitive to, affected by marijuana
July 2, 2014

By Nicholas Deshais, Washington State Magazine

Rebecca-Craft-80PULLMAN, Wash. – After decades of researching gender differences in the effects of drugs, Rebecca Craft has found that females using marijuana are likelier than men to become dependent on the drug and suffer more severe withdrawals.

Grad student’s team wins Google hackathon award
July 2, 2014

By Kate Nelson, College of Engineering & Architecture intern

Google-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Computer science doctoral student Gabriel V. de la Cruz recently attended the 2014 Google Scholars Retreat, where his team won the Engineer’s Choice award in the Google Scholars Hackathon.

July 9: U.S. food, ag director to discuss ‘wicked problems’
July 1, 2014

Ramaswamy-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The head of U.S. food and agriculture will address societal changes he refers to as “wicked problems,” – including population growth, climate change and poverty – at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, in room T101, Food Science and Human Nutrition building, at Washington State University Pullman.

Research could lead to dramatic data farm energy savings
July 1, 2014

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering & Architecture

chip-90PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent.

Rock Doc: Designing healthier snack foods with new wheat
July 1, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Most of us don’t spend a lot of time cooking from scratch. What’s known as processed foods – everything from snacks to boxed dinners – makes up a great deal of what most Americans eat. Indeed, the majority of what most of us eat is processed to one degree or another.

Cougar Cruiser keeps spirit alive statewide through summer
June 30, 2014

By Christopher Shaw, from Cougfan.com

cruiser-250PULLMAN, Wash. – Megan Thompson and Mylan Evenson didn’t need any convincing as to the depth of school spirit at Washington State University. But when the WSU Athletics student interns hit the road earlier this month in WSU’s Cougar Cruiser, even they were shocked at the widespread and enthusiastic response from the crimson faithful.

Ancient baby boom holds a lesson in over-population
June 30, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Koehler-80PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have sketched out one of the greatest baby booms in North American history, a centuries-long “growth blip” among southwestern Native Americans between 500 and 1300 A.D.

Super-absorbent gel could help farmers save water
June 30, 2014

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Gel-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A biodegradable gel that can absorb more than 250 times its weight in water could potentially help farmers retain moisture in drought-stricken fields.