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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...

Garlic Fights Food-Borne Illness Better Than Antibiotics
2012-05-01 11:55:31

Discovery could play role in treatments for food and prep areas Researchers at Washington State University have found that a compound in garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting the Campylobacter bacterium, one of the most common causes of intestinal illness. Their work was recently published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. The discovery opens the door to new treatments for raw and processed meats and food preparation surfaces. "This...

Yellowstone: New Picture Emerges Of A More Active, Less 'Super' Volcano
2012-04-30 08:36:47

Brett Smith for Redorbit.com New research is casting doubts on the frequency or even the possibility of a ℠super-eruption´ that could blot out the sun from the Earth with a thick veil of volcanic ash. A joint research team from Washington State University and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre said the biggest Yellowstone eruption on record was actually two different eruptions at least 6,000 years apart. According to the study published in the June...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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