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Virtual reality technology developed at WSU enables virtual Olympics participation

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture PULLMAN, Wash. – Can’t swing a plane ticket to PyeongChang on short notice? You might still be able to participate in the 2018 Olympics, virtually anyway. Immersive VR technology developed at WSU, and being used at this year’s winter Olympics, is set for a series of public demonstrations on […]

Sodium battery research could provide cheap, effective lithium alternative

By Mary Catherine Frantz, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture PULLMAN, Wash. – Sodium-ion batteries might soon provide a less expensive, viable alternative to lithium-ion batteries thanks to research developed at Washington State University.

New water-splitting method could open path to hydrogen economy

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water — an important key to making clean energy more viable.

Office of Research announces 2018 Commercialization Gap Fund awards

PULLMAN, Wash. – Seven research projects with high commercialization potential have been chosen to receive awards of up to $50,000 through the Commercialization Gap Fund for 2018. The funding was awarded to faculty from diverse fields including clean technology, human health, agriculture and engineering.

Discovery for modifying diamonds could change computing – WSU research

By Siddharth Vodnala, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture PULLMAN, Wash. – A group of WSU researchers has discovered a way to modify diamonds that opens up important applications in the field of quantum computing and in radiation detection.