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WSU scientists help detect gravitational waves for third time
August 7, 2017

black holeBy Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three billion years ago in a distant galaxy, two massive black holes slammed together, merged into one and sent space–time vibrations, known as gravitational waves, shooting out into the universe.

$1.7 million x-ray microscope to unleash WSU materials research
June 26, 2017

PULLMAN, Wash. – When it arrives on campus this October, a powerful new $1.7 million x-ray microscope will help Washington State University scientists develop specialized materials for technologies such as self-healing roads, printable batteries and super-efficient solar cells.

‘Negative mass’ created at Washington State University
April 10, 2017

Michael Forbes WSU physicsBy Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like. Push it, and unlike every physical object in the world we know, it doesn’t accelerate in the direction it was pushed. It accelerates backwards.

New physics, astronomy chair starts Feb. 1
January 30, 2017

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Brian Saam, an expert in experimental atomic physics, will become professor and chair of the Washington State University Department of Physics and Astronomy on Feb. 1.

Ask Dr. Universe: How do cats land on their feet?
November 1, 2016

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – Curiosity can lead cats to some pretty great heights. We like to climb trees and sneak along tall bookshelves. Sometimes we might have a bumpy landing, but more often our amazing cat reflexes help us land on our feet.

$1.1 million award funds solar technology advances
September 14, 2016

lynn-crystal-sample-2-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative cooperative award to improve the performance and lower the cost of solar materials for the multibillion dollar industry.

WSU researchers share in ‘Breakthrough Prize’
May 3, 2016

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers and adjunct faculty are among the scientists and engineers chosen to receive the coveted “Breakthrough Prize” for their role in the detection of gravitational waves 100 years after Albert Einstein predicted them.