Fresh science from the Northwest
Northwest labs discover a spray that removes pesky moon dust, a sweet substitute for plastic and more
This month’s top five Pacific Northwest science stories from “All Science. No Fiction.”
Northwest scientists look to soil microbes to fuel space ambitions
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers believe are soil microbes critical allies to have if we want to feed ourselves in space.
It’s a moth, it’s a drone, it’s ‘Smellicopter’
No technology even comes close to the speed and sensitivity of insects and animals when it comes to detecting odors. Now, engineers in Washington have built a moth/drone cyborg called the “Smellicopter” to tap into that insect superpower. It combines the mobility of the drone with the scent sensitivity of moths to detect chemical leaks, explosive devices and even people buried under rubble.
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UO’s Knight Campus reveals design of second science building and new engineering program
After two years of planning and a $500 million cash infusion from Phil and Penny Knight, construction has begun on a new 185,000-square-foot science and engineering building on campus.
Remembering Oregon’s ‘Berry Goddess,’ Bernadine Strik
An icon in Oregon’s agriculture industry has died. For decades, Bernadine Strik did groundbreaking work in the field of horticulture at Oregon State University. Her forte was in berries, co-releasing 38 different cultivars and revolutionizing how some crops are grown today. Strik died in April at the age of 60.
Humans may not be the only ones who get cannabis-related munchies, Oregon study shows
Researchers found that worms soaked in a naturally occurring THC-like substance had similar cravings for the foods they prefer.
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