OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS



Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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Oregon State researchers look at properties of embers, and which trees are most dangerous (KVAL) Researchers at Oregon State University are finding ways to detect areas that are most vulnerable to those spot fires by using embers from a handful of different trees to detect which ones burn the fastest, as well as how far […]


Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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Where college students can find emergency money, food and housing (USA Today) The food pantry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., provides about 20,000 meals per semester, says Nicole Hindes, assistant director of the university’s human services resource center. Hindes says free dining hall vouchers are the most heavily utilized program. Brown pelicans, recently endangered, […]


Friday, May 25, 2018
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Basic instincts (Science) “Most machine learning people, I think, have a methodological bias against putting in large amounts of background knowledge because in some sense we view that as a failure,” says Thomas Dietterich, a computer scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Swarm robots get smarter with academic research (Robotics Business Review) For example, Oregon […]


Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Chemical-tracking wristband developed at OSU (KGW) Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a wristband that can track chemicals or pollutants in the environment. The bands act like a sponge soaking up toxins. A warming planet could turn streams into carbon polluters: Study (OPB) “It’s a significant change,” said study co-author Alba Argerich, who was a researcher […]


Monday, May 21, 2018
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The power of ‘environmental DNA’ for monitoring whales (Forbes) “It’s been well-established that you can follow a whale and capture some of its fecal plume before it dissipates,” said lead author, Scott Baker, head of the Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory and associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, in email. Would your cat […]


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Oregon State University: 150 years as Oregon’s land-grant institution (OPB) Whether you realize it or not, you have used technology and products that came from Oregon State University. It was OSU alumni who invented the computer mouse, wrinkle-free cotton and standard dental equipment. Faculty developed the modern maraschino cherry and marionberry. Its Extension Service operates Outdoor School […]


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Despite how it looks, Hawaii’s volcanic eruption is small potatoes (Cosmos) Furthermore, says Adam Kent, a geologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, U.S., Hawaiian lavas are unusually hot and fluid — averaging about 1,200 degrees Celsius, compared to 800 to 900 for lavas in the U.S. Cascades. Schizophrenics’ blood has more genetic material from microbes […]


Friday, May 18, 2018
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New population of genetically distinct blue whales discovered in New Zealand (The Independent) Though blue whales have long been listed as a migrant species in the region, Dr. Leigh Torres of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University was the first to suggest it might be home to a resident population. Gateway Walk: City, OSU […]


Thursday, May 17, 2018
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OSU researchers take key step toward growing human organs (KTVZ) Oregon State University researchers have learned that precursor cells for skeletal muscles actually also give rise to neurons, blood vessels, blood cells and immune cells, pushing science one step closer to generating body parts in a laboratory. ‘This is an eye-opener’ — Changes in global water […]


Tueday, May 15, 2018
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Discovery of first new blue pigment in 200 years leads to quest for elusive red (Here & Now, WBUR) Subramanian (@Mas_OregonState) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young from Oregon State University, where he made the discovery, to talk about color. Resurrection City, 2.0 (Bunk History) A piece by OSU’s Marisa Chapelle. Foundation helps get research […]


Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Historic building in downtown Portland to become OSU headquarters (KPTV) A plan to transform a historic building in downtown Portland into Oregon State’s Portland Headquarters is underway. The Meier and Frank building located on Southwest 5th Avenue and Alder has roots dating back to the 1850s. Lessons from Montecito: Science’s credibility is at stake (Wired) […]


Monday, May 14, 2018
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Racial or ethnic discrimination impacts Latinas’ satisfaction with contraceptive services, study finds (Lund Report) Young Latina women who have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied overall with their contraceptive care, which could affect their access to more effective contraceptives, a new study from Oregon State University has found. (see also Psych Central) Sensitive […]


Thursday, May 10, 2018
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Could a volcano erupt in Central Oregon? (Bend Bulletin) “From a geologic perspective, it’s one of the most volcanically active parts of the country,” said Adam Kent, professor at Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. OSU scientists say they’ve created a new sunscreen out of plant waste (OPB) Whilst looking at […]


Friday, May 11, 2018
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Diverse programs, experiences help students thrive (Capital Press) A piece by Dan Arp, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Trailer park place: Examining life in a singlewide (Santa Fe New Mexican) “Sonya was my major professor for my Ph.D. I chose that school in large part because I wanted to study with her,” said […]


Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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Oilseed crop’s waste product yields compounds that protect skin from the sun (Lund Report) The findings by scientists at Oregon State University are important because nearly 10,000 people a day in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer, resulting in large part from the DNA damage caused by the ultraviolet radiation the sun emits. […]


Monday, May 7, 2018
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Antarctica’s waters may soon harbor a boom of baby humpback whales (Smithsonian) Most of the humpbacks were probably born after the International Whaling Commission (IWC) called for a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1982, Ari Friedlaender, a marine ecologist with Oregon State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lead researcher in the new […]


Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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OSU President applauds OSU-Cascades expansion (KTVZ) At his annual State of the University address in Bend, Oregon State University President Edward Ray said school leaders will keep working to secure more state funding to continue the expansion of OSU-Cascades. OSU transistor advance could help treat diabetes (KTVZ) The nanotechnology advance by Oregon State University researchers is […]


Friday, May 4, 2018
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Oregon State study: No increased risk to infant if mother eats placenta after birth (KVAL) An infant faces no increased risk of harm if the mother eats the placenta after birth, according to the largest study ever conducted on the topic. The journal “Birth” published results of the study by researchers at Oregon State University and the […]


Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Where college students can find emergency money and housing (Washington Post) The food pantry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, provides about 20,000 meals per semester, says Nicole Hindes, assistant director of the university’s human services resource center. Hindes says free dining hall vouchers are the most heavily utilized program. AI researchers are boycotting […]


Thursday, May 3, 2018
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‘Air dancers’ could protect eagles from wind turbines, OSU researchers say (KGW) Researchers at Oregon State University have come up with a colorful, and perhaps unusual, way to protect eagles from those huge winds turbines that dot our landscape. Future vets helping pets: Unique partnership provides training for OSU students (KPTV) “Don’t tell my boss, […]


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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A healthy reef is alive with music, but the chorus fades as the coral dies (Popular Science) “It surprised me how consistent the results were [and] how strong the results were,” says Dave Mellinger, a marine bioacoustics research at Oregon State University who wasn’t involved in the new study. OSU study: Proximity to fracking sites affects […]


Monday, April 30, 2018
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 OSU documentary on coral reefs set to air in Eugene on Sunday night (KVAL) On Sunday night, the documentary “Saving Atlantis” will air for the first time in Eugene. It’s an Oregon State University project that’s years in the making, and now it’s finally on tour. (see also Jefferson Public Radio) Tourism efforts coalesce around outdoor recreation […]


Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Discovery of new material is key step toward more powerful computing (Nanowerk) A new material created by Oregon State University researchers is a key step toward the next generation of supercomputers. Those “quantum computers” will be able to solve problems well beyond the reach of existing computers while working much faster and consuming vastly less […]


Friday, April 27, 2018
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Which are smarter, cats or dogs? We asked a scientist (PBS News Hour) “A lot of what we already know about intelligence in other species falls on a gradient or a spectrum,” said Kristyn Vitale Shreve, a cat cognition and behavior research fellow at Oregon State University. Oregon researchers find a native wasp with a taste […]


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Oregon’s transformative wave test center pushes state toward energy conquest (Portland Business Journal) Plans for a test center widely viewed as a cornerstone of Oregon’s wave energy future are ready for public scrutiny. Between a cover letter, draft license application, preliminary environmental assessment and appendices, Oregon State University officials late last week submitted 1,057 pages of materials […]