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2012-08-30 13:10:19

When Washington State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinary scientist Don Knowles got word three years ago that a rare but deadly infection was discovered among a group of horses in south Texas, he felt a jolt of adrenaline. Not only were the horses infected with a parasitic disease similar to malaria in humans, but the epicenter of the outbreak was at no ordinary ranch. It was the King Ranch, legendary for its world-class quarter horses, including former winners of the...

2012-08-08 22:22:25

Methane emissions jump dramatically Washington State University researchers have documented an underappreciated suite of players in global warming: dams, the water reservoirs behind them, and surges of greenhouse gases as water levels go up and down. Bridget Deemer, a doctoral student at Washington State University-Vancouver, measured dissolved gases in the water column of Lacamas Lake in Clark County and found methane emissions jumped 20-fold when the water level was drawn down. A...

2012-08-07 23:19:03

Forest succession helps rare plants and animals Forests hammered by windstorms, avalanches and wildfires may appear blighted, but a Washington State University researcher says such disturbances can be key to maximizing an area's biological diversity. In fact, says Mark Swanson, land managers can alter their practices to enhance such diversity, creating areas with a wide variety of species, including rare and endangered plants and animals. "The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, for...

2012-07-19 13:43:41

Possible sources include sewer overflows, septic tanks A new study finds elevated levels of caffeine at several sites in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Oregon–though not necessarily where researchers expected. This study is the first to look at caffeine pollution off the Oregon coast. It was developed and conducted by Portland State University master's student Zoe Rodriguez del Rey and her faculty adviser Elise Granek, assistant professor of Environmental Science and...

2012-06-12 23:01:55

Proving that safety and field performance is important for athletes at all levels, Washington State University selected Brock PowerBase for use underneath its new synthetic turf intramural playing fields. Pullman, WA (PRWEB) June 12, 2012 Proving that safety and field performance is important for athletes at all levels, Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman, Washington selected Brock International to provide the supplemental pad systems used underneath its new synthetic turf...

2012-05-17 14:33:18

There are jerks, and then there are jerks. Joel Anaya has given them a fair amount of study, focusing on that very special jerk who can take a routine service experience–dining out, paying at a cash register, air travel–and make it a nightmare. Anaya has even coined a term for it–"customer service sabotage"–and discerned seven different categories of rude customers who can be a serious liability for the service industry. "Customers don't just go to a...

2012-05-07 20:25:17

Study adds to growing health concerns about common plastic additive A new study finds that fetal exposure to the plastic additive bisphenol A, or BPA, alters mammary gland development in primates. The finding adds to the evidence that the chemical can be causing health problems in humans and bolsters concerns about it contributing to breast cancer. "Previous studies in mice have demonstrated that low doses of BPA alter the developing mammary gland and that these subtle changes increase...


Word of the Day
reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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