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Ask Dr. Universe: Why does the Earth spin?
October 13, 2016

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – No matter how still we stand, or if we’re in Scotland, Malaysia or the United States, we are always spinning. Our Earth spins at a constant, very fast speed as we make a trip around the sun.

Researcher journeys to the bottom of the Earth
November 15, 2010

The mountains of Antarctica, lying several thousand feet below the ice, as detected by radar.  Image courtesy of Michael Studinger, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory


Geologist Jeff Vervoort with a 1.86-billion-year-old piece of gneiss he found near Clarkia, Idaho, typical of the rocks at the core of the ancient supercontinent of Rodinia.

Jeff Vervoort’s research is running hot and cold, in a good way.

Last week, he contributed to a paper in Science showing tropical rain forest biological diversity went up, not down, during a period of global … » More …

Green Bike program to temporary close
July 27, 2010




PULLMAN – The Green Bike Program will close temporarily for routine maintenance Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 3-4.


All bicycles in the Green Bike fleet will undergo routine maintenance and cleaning for a two-day period in order to prepare for the Fall 2010 academic semester. During this time, people who check out bikes on Monday, Aug. 2 will still have 24 hours to return their bike on Aug. 3. Green Bike users will not be able to check out bikes again until Thursday, Aug. 5.


Bikes will be available for check out at the Compton Union Building … » More …

Study of air pollution in China earns NSF grant
July 21, 2010

PULLMAN – Several researchers in Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Research are assessing air chemistry with the aid of an NSF grant to better understand air pollution and its impacts.


The grant, totaling more than $200,000, will help Brian Lamb, Regents Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, and his team in their study of emissions and chemistry. Their research will primarily be done in the Tianjin region of China. Because this part of China is tremendously urban, it will give the researchers ample data on the quantity of pollutants being released in urban areas, leading to a … » More …

Astronaut Tom Jones to lecture
April 3, 2008

On Thursday, April 10 from 3-4 p.m. in CUE 203 former NASA astronaut, scientist and consultant Thomas D. Jones will present a free public lecture on his experience flying aboard the space shuttle and his three space walks.


Jones holds a doctorate in planetary sciences and has flown on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit in his more than 11 years with NASA.  


On his last flight in 2001, Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. He has also spent 53 days working and living in space.

The lecture will be on April … » More …

WSU to purchase Magpie Forest
April 22, 2005

In celebration of Earth Day, 2005, Washington State University announced April 22 its plans to purchase Magpie Forest, a 14-acre patch of endangered Palouse Prairie still surviving on the northern edge of Pullman.Magpie Forest has long been valued by local conservation groups and researchers for the rich biological diversity of its native plants, but the explosive growth of housing in Pullman caused many to worry that the land soon would be divided up for housing developments.Mel Taylor, director of special projects and external relations for WSU Business Affairs, said, “Faculty, local conservation groups and city officials all strongly supported the purchase and conservation of Magpie Forest … » More …

WSU researcher sees no tech solutions
April 22, 2005

Technology and modernization alone won’t rescue our planet from the detrimental environmental impacts of industrialization and other human activities, according to a WSU researcher and leader in developing a way to scientifically model and assess human interactions with the environment.In fact, research by WSU sociologist Eugene A. Rosa and colleagues, Richard York of the University of Oregon and Thomas Dietz of Michigan State University, shows population growth has such a profound impact on the global environment that it readily outpaces the benefits of industrial modernization and improved environmental technologies.Through the creation of a research program called STIRPAT, the trio has developed a highly refined way … » More …