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Opting Out Of Standardized Tests | Memory & The Brain | Russian Artist

OPB | July 06, 2016

Broadcasting from KLCC in Eugene with a school board chair who is encouraging parents to opt their kids out of standardized tests, a University of Oregon professor working on recreating people’s memories of faces from patterns of brain activity, and Russian-born artist Olga Volchkova, who has a unique take on religious iconography.

Zombie Homes Update | Pendleton May Lose Airport | Mary Roach On Her Book 'Grunt'

OPB | June 16, 2016

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales discusses the city’s new approach to foreclosures on abandoned properties. And best-selling author Mary Roach joins us to talk about her latest book, “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War.”    

The Invisible World Of Imaginary Friends

OPB | June 09, 2016

At least 65% of children have imaginary friends. And that's a good thing, says a University of Oregon professor who runs the Imagination Research Lab.

Primary Election Results | Astrobiologist

OPB | May 18, 2016

We dig into the results of Tuesday's primary election. Then, we hear from NASA astrobiologist Kevin Hand.

Regional Roundup | Animal Lives | Corporate Sustainability

OPB | March 28, 2016

In our second installment of Regional Roundup, we'll check in with the East Oregonian, to hear what's afoot in Pendleton. Then we talk to an Ashland-based about how we know or don’t know what animals are feeling. And we’ll hear about how some corporations are trying to fight climate change by collaborating with each other — and why that might put them in legally dubious territory. 

Police Morale | Evolution | Justice Nakamoto

OPB | Jan. 14, 2016

We talk to Portland's police union president about a new survey that shows very low police morale, a University of Oregon researcher who made a surprising discovery about the history of evolution, and the Oregon Supreme Court's first Asian-Pacific American justice.

Evolution Can Happen Quicker Than Previously Thought

OPB | Dec. 21, 2015

A fish called the threespine stickleback shows massive evolutionary changes don't always take place over millions of years. Sometimes 50 years is enough.

Simon Winchester On The Pacific Ocean

OPB | Dec. 14, 2015

The author's latest book is divided into 10 chapters taking on different events that occurred in the history of the world's largest body of water.

Is Science Research In Crisis?

OPB | Sept. 02, 2015

A new project showed nearly 60 percent of 100 published studies in prestigious psychology journals didn't hold up the second time they were run. What does this mean for scientific research?

Young People Sue Obama Over Climate Change

OPB | Aug. 17, 2015

Eleven young Oregonians are part of a climate change lawsuit brought against the Obama administration, charging that failure to act to prevent catastrophic climate change violates their rights.

Could This University Of Oregon Professor Restore Vision To The Blind?

OPB | Aug. 03, 2015

University of Oregon professor Richard Taylor and his collaborator Simon Brown recently patented a new technology that could restore vision to the blind - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. 

Chronic Pain Patients Try Alternatives But Keep Mum

OPB | July 20, 2015

A new study out published in a national health care journal indicates that a large number of patients suffering from chronic pain try alternative care but don't talk to their doctors about it. 

National Weather Service Says To Expect More Heat

OPB | July 06, 2015

Forecasters say to expect 90+ degree weather at least until Friday.

Evangelical Climate Scientist Takes On Climate Change Nonbelievers

OPB | June 24, 2015

Katharine Hayhoe is both a climate scientist and an evangelical Christian. She believes that many Americans who deny climate change are placing their politics and ideology above their faith.

New Research On Carcinogenic Chemicals Combinations

OPB | June 23, 2015

A new study out today suggests that some commonly found chemicals could become carcinogenic in the human body even in low doses if combined.

Oregon's Most Distinctive Cause Of Death

OPB | June 03, 2015

A new study published by the CDC finds the most statistically distinctive cause of death in each state.

Earthquakes Off The Oregon Coast

OPB | June 01, 2015

Geologists say the recent activity is not usual, and no tsunamis were triggered.

Eye Witness Accounts Of Mt. St. Helens Eruption Help Scientists

OPB | May 18, 2015

A geologist spent years interviewing eyewitnesses to learn more about the science of the eruption and has just published the accounts in a new book, "In The Path of Destruction."

Oregon Students Win Awards At Intel ISEF

OPB | May 14, 2015

Oregon high school students won awards Intel ISEF, the world's largest pre-college science competition.

Oregon Scientist Studies Generations Of Whales

OPB | April 29, 2015

Bruce Mate has been studying whales for close to four decades and recently tracked the longest mammal migration on record.