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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.

Researcher Tracks Radio Transmission From Space

OPB | Jan. 29, 2015

THURSDAY: We'll talk to Portland native Emily Petroff who made the "real time discovery" of a radio wave transmission from another galaxy.

The Mighty World Of Mites

OPB | Jan. 26, 2015

MONDAY: Michelle Trautwein, the fly curator at the California Academy of Sciences, joins us to discuss the life of mites on your face.

Tracking Kennewick Man's Ancestry

OPB | Jan. 20, 2015

TUESDAY: Ever since skeletal remains were found in 1996 on the banks of the Columbia river in Kennewick, Washington, the origin and custody of those bones has been in dispute.

Washington Researcher Is Developing Breath Test For Pot

OPB | Dec. 05, 2014

FRIDAY: A research team at Washington State University is working on a device that would measure THC in someone's breath, similar to existing alcohol breathalyser tests. 

Ursula K. Le Guin Draws Spotlight At National Book Awards

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014

THURSDAY: The legendary Northwest author delivered an impassioned speech last night at the National Book Awards, where she received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

New Study Testing Brain Injury Drug Casts A Wide Net

OPB | Nov. 06, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Oregon Health & Science University will lead a new study aiming to improve outcomes for victims of traumatic brain injury. Anybody is a potential subject, unless they opt out.

Why You Might Not Want To Take That Receipt

OPB | Oct. 29, 2014

WEDNESDAY: We'll hear about a new study that shows the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) found on receipts can get into the body very quickly if touched with greasy fingers — or hands cleaned with hand sanitizer.

First Of Its Kind Coal Dust Study Underway In The Northwest

OPB | Sept. 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY: EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn reports on a coal dust study scientists have begun in the Northwest to determine what affect coal by rail might have on the environment.

Physics Lessons From The Science Teacher You Wish You'd Had

OPB | Aug. 19, 2014

TUESDAY: Portland-based mechanical engineer, musician and author Christine McKinley brings us the laws of physics like you've never heard them before.

Pikas In The Gorge Help Scientists Study Climate Change

OPB | July 18, 2014

FRIDAY: These rabbit-related animals are an indicator species and a recent study of pikas in the Columbia River Gorge could help track climate change in the region.

OHSU Scientist Pushes Forward With Stem Cell Research

OPB | May 22, 2014

THURSDAY: Shoukhrat Mitalipov is one of the world's leading researchers on embryonic stem cells.

NOAA Taps OSU's Rick Spinrad

OPB | May 15, 2014

THURSDAY: Oregon State University's Vice President of Research, Rick Spinrad, will serve as chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Best Way To Memorize

OPB | March 31, 2014

MONDAY: What's the best way to memorize something? Following the US Memory Championship, an expert shares his strategies.

Safeway And Kroger Won't Sell GE Salmon

OPB | March 07, 2014

FRIDAY: Two of the country's largest grocery chains have joined a long list of stores that won't sell genetically engineered salmon.

Oregon Scientist One of 11 Trying To Build A Better Condom

OPB | Dec. 30, 2013

MONDAY: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding 11 different efforts to try to create a condom men will be more likely to wear.

OHSU Discovers Possible Treatment For Chemo-Induced Fatigue

OPB | Dec. 18, 2013

WEDNESDAY: A recent study suggests a brain protein that regulates sleep and wakefulness could help reverse fatigue brought on by chemotherapy.

OSU Researchers Make Strides In New Treatment for "Superbugs"

OPB | Oct. 16, 2013

Researchers at OSU and other institutions are working on a new, more precise kind of antibiotic to target drug-resistant bacteria.