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WSU, University of Idaho get grant to map wildfire threats

SPOKANE — Researchers at Washington State University and the University of Idaho will be working to map where severe wildfires are likely to occur in the Northwest thanks to a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Date: 08/26/2015 | Northwest

Summer of science

Kids study and learn at Everett Parks camp

Date: 08/16/2015 | Explore NW

Octopus species weirdly social, romantic

WASHINGTON — The octopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have rediscovered a species of that eight-arm sea creature that’s even stranger and shares some of our social and mating habits.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Nation & World

Volunteers study bull kelp

Nearly all marine life here relies on the plant

Date: 07/30/2015 | Local News

Scientists find dinosaur with bird-like wings

Paleontologists working in China have found a new dinosaur with one of the most complex, well-preserved set of wings ever seen on a specimen of its size. In a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe Zhenyuanlong suni, a cousin of the famed Velociraptor...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World

Ice caves 101

How they form, why they collapse

Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News

Sultan science teacher honored for his innovative lessons in nature

SULTAN — A science teacher here is receiving national recognition for getting students to learn outdoors.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Local News

Creationist stumbles upon a major fossil find

Canadian Edgar Nernberg isn't into the whole evolution thing. In fact, he's on the board of directors of Big Valley's Creation Science Museum, a place meant to rival local scientific institutions. Adhering to the most extreme form of religious creationism, the exhibits...

Date: 05/30/2015 | Nation & World

Scientists reveal Washington state’s first dinosaur

SEATTLE — Scientists say they’ve discovered Washington state’s first dinosaur fossil, an announcement that marks a unique find for the state and a rare moment for North America’s Pacific coast.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest

Vivid new crayfish species found

See this little guy? He does not belong to realm of Lisa Frank trapper keepers. He actually exists, in reality, living on the very planet upon which you and I reside.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World

First fully warm-blooded fish discovered

It’s one of the most basic biology facts we’re taught in school growing up: Birds and mammals are warm-blooded, while reptiles, amphibians and fish are cold-blooded. But new research is turning this well-known knowledge on its head with the discovery of the world’s first warm-blooded fish — the...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World

Starfish babies offer glimmer of hope amid mass die-off

LOPEZ PASS, Wash. — Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn’t surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of starfish up and down the West Coast had spread to this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island.

Date: 05/04/2015 | Local News

Learn about EvCC's ORCA program on Thursday

Learn about EvCC’s Ocean Research Academy during an informational session at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at its recently expanded waterfront location, 1205 Craftsman Way, Suite 203, in Everett.

Date: 04/21/2015 | Explore NW

Governor signs law for geologic hazards mapping

OLYMPIA — A new law signed by the governor Friday aims to give residents a wealth of new information about geologic dangers lurking in Washington.Now the challenge is getting enough money in the next state budget to make it happen.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News

Landslide-mapping bill approved and sent to governor

OLYMPIA — The first major change in state policy inspired by the Oso mudslide cleared the final legislative hurdle Wednesday.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Local News

Before dinosaurs, ‘Carolina Butcher’ was top predator here

A new species found in North Carolina is one of the oldest and largest crocodile relatives ever known.Back before dinosaurs were the big bads of our continent, Carnufex carolinensis ruled the scene. At nine feet long and walking on its hind legs, this croc would have been a...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World

The tale told by the land

There's much to learn from the deadly Oso mudslide

Date: 03/08/2015 | Local News

Early post-mudslide video shows a wet, sloughing scarp

OSO — A cellphone video shot about 15 minutes after the Oso mudslide shows the hill continuing to collapse and water pouring from the newly exposed earth.The video, which hasn't been made public until now, provides a fresh look at the natural forces at work, and to a...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Local News

Senate passes bill for expanded mapping of hazardous areas

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers are laying the groundwork for the Department of Natural Resources to collect better information on landslide-prone areas and to make it more easily available for anyone who wants it.On Wednesday, the state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Local News

Water added to woes

Study finds saturated soil increased Oso slide’s magnitude

Date: 01/13/2015 | Local News

Tipsy birds help scientists study alcohol, speech

PORTLAND, Ore. — Scientists know little about why humans slur their speech when they drink alcohol.Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University hope tipsy songbirds can help them uncover clues.OHSU researcher Christopher Olson is recording the sounds made by male zebra finches.

Date: 01/01/2015 | Northwest

Panel to hold last meeting on safety recommendations after Oso mudslide

EVERETT — This past weekend was crunch time for members of an expert panel tasked with making safety recommendations after the Oso mudslide.The

Date: 12/01/2014 | Local News

Floating their own boat

ORCA students no longer have to borrow a research vessel

Date: 11/21/2014 | Local News

Science of the slide

‘Nova’ episode examines causes of Oso mudslide

Date: 11/18/2014 | Local News

Scientists study stormwater, deadly to salmon

POULSBO — Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattle's busiest highways.One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They were...

Date: 11/18/2014 | Local News

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