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Ask Dr. Universe: Why is the sky blue?
May 17, 2016

Dr-Universe-230RICHLAND, Wash. – Just the other day I looked up and wondered the very same thing. The sky is certainly blue, I thought. But on second thought, it isn’t always blue. Sunsets burst in pink and orange. The night sky is black.

Nanostructures researcher Hipps elected as AVS fellow
July 20, 2015

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Hipps-2015PULLMAN, Wash. – Kerry Hipps, Washington State University chair and distinguished professor of chemistry, has been elected one of 10 new fellows of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). He joins Thomas Dickinson, Regents professor of physics, as the second AVS fellow at WSU.

Rock Doc: A better way to shine light in a dark world
October 21, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Years ago I purchased a headlamp – a small flashlight that straps around your head to light your way. It’s useful because it leaves both your hands free as you work or walk. I used my headlamp during the dark half of the year to exercise my dog in pastures and an undeveloped No Man’s Land on a steep hill near my house.

Light-stopping scientist to give Stephenson lecture
March 21, 2003

The scientist who first slowed, and then stopped light will deliver the annual S. Town Stephenson Distinguished Lecture at Washington State University. The talk, “Light at Bicycle Speed…and Slower, Yet!” by Harvard physicist Lene Vestergaard Hau is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Webster Physics Building room 16.In 1999, Hau slowed pulses of light to an incredible 37 miles per hour from its maximum speed of 186,000 miles per second. Later, she completely stopped light for a brief one-thousandth of a second and released it at its full original speed and intensity. Hau accomplished her feat by sending a beam of light … » More …