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WSU Astrobiologist Proposes Fleet Of Probes To Seek Life On Mars
2012-04-23 13:05:04

Sensors would punch into soil, run range of tests A Washington State University astrobiologist is leading a group of 20 scientists in calling for a mission to Mars with "a strong and comprehensive life detection component." At the heart of their proposal is a small fleet of sensor packages that can punch into the Martian soil and run a range of tests for signs of ancient or existing life. They call the mission BOLD. It's both an acronym for Biological Oxidant and Life Detection and a...

2012-04-21 23:02:39

Second Meeting of the Consortium Makes Significant Progress on Initiative Aimed at Addressing Faculty Development Madison, NJ (PRWEB) April 20, 2012 Four months after its inaugural meeting sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, the Consortium of Western Regional Colleges of Veterinary Medicine announced today that it has established a new Teaching Academy to identify, share and leverage expertise across the five colleges in the Consortium. The Teaching Academy will support the development and...

2012-03-29 22:34:23

Digital technology on verge of tending to household tasks We have all heard of the smartphone and any day now, most of us will have one. Not far behind: the smart home. Writing in the latest issue of the journal Science, Washington State University's Diane Cook says it won't be long before our homes act as "intelligent agents" that use sensors and software to anticipate our needs and tend to tasks that improve our health, energy efficiency, even social media. Many homes are already...

2012-02-14 11:12:40

MoleculaRnetworks is a PageRank for atoms The technology that Google uses to analyze trillions of Web pages is being brought to bear on the way molecules are shaped and organized. Aurora Clark, an associate professor of chemistry at Washington State University, has adapted Google's PageRank software to create moleculaRnetworks, which scientists can use to determine molecular shapes and chemical reactions without the expense, logistics and occasional danger of lab experiments. "What's...

Earth’s Largest Extinction Event - Was It Caused By Siberian Volcanism?
2012-01-10 05:57:28

Around 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian geologic period, there was a mass extinction so severe that it remains the most traumatic known species die-off in Earth´s history. Although the cause of this event is a mystery, it has been speculated that the eruption of a large swath of volcanic rock in Russia called the Siberian Traps was a trigger for the extinction. New research from Carnegie´s Linda Elkins-Tanton and her co-authors offers insight into how this volcanism...

2011-06-23 19:53:41

Study is 1 of first to see outsized health effects on nearby residents Birth defects are significantly more common in areas of mountaintop coal mining and are on the rise as the practice becomes more common, according to a study by researchers at Washington State University and West Virginia University. The researchers, led by Melissa Ahern, health economist and associate professor in WSU's College of Pharmacy, found 235 birth defects per 10,000 births where mountaintop mining is most common...

2011-06-18 22:49:00

EVANSVILLE, Ind., June 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After putting their academic and athletic skills to the test in a grueling three-day battle at the American Society of Civil Engineers' 24th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo claimed their second consecutive title following their win in 2010. The school's win came in their 208-pound, oceanic-themed, white and blue canoe, the Cetacea. Throughout the year, teams of...

2011-05-24 18:16:29

Chicken wing sauce and trigonometry brought to bear on CSI enigma Don't get him wrong: Fred Gittes is, in his words, "extremely squeamish." But then a scientist with forensics training told him that crime scene investigators could use a better way to analyze blood spatters. The physicist in Gittes rose to the challenge. "It seems as though what was being done was very crude from a physics point of view and that intrigued me," he says. Along with Chris Varney, a doctoral candidate in physics,...

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