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The Haptic Touch
Two new patented inventions by Hakan Gurocak can help advance the digital experience. One difference between hands-on experiences and digital experiences is the sense of touch. When you shop at a retail store, for example, you can handle an item before you buy it. But when you shop online, you only see a picture of it. Technology that conveys a sense of touch—called haptics—currently is used in the automotive industry, in medical training, in videogames and even on your smartphone’s keypad. But it has not spread to everyday use. Hakan Gurocak, director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver, … » More …Read Story
Police training in a new light
WSU seeks better ways to handle tense encounters The call came into 9-1-1 from a Spokane YMCA last October: A middle-aged man was threatening to break the kneecaps of an eight-year-old, because he said the boy could “ruin my NBA career.” Corporal Jordan Ferguson of the Spokane Police Department responded, fully aware of the suspect’s antagonistic and unpredictable behavior. Ferguson’s body camera footage shows what happened next. In the lobby of the YMCA, an employee first describes the man’s erratic statements. Ferguson tracks the man to the gym, who then walks away yelling. Rather than restraining the man immediately, Ferguson asks him questions and listens … » More …Read Story
REM Sleep Vital for Young Brains
Sleep’s final stage key to development A recent study of the role of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in the development of young brains suggests that it makes experiences “stick” in the brain. The discovery was published in Science Advances by Professor of Medical Sciences Marcos Frank and his former graduate student Michelle Dumoulin Bridi. Frank said their findings emphasize the importance of REM sleep in early life and point to a need for caution in giving young children REM-suppressing medications like antidepressants and stimulants for ADHD. The idea for Frank’s study came from earlier research that suggested a relationship between sleep and developmental … » More …Read Story
Conserving Water, Improving Washington’s White Wine
WSU researchers inform irrigation strategies Washington is a leading producer of Riesling and Chardonnay wine grapes. In fact, these two grapes account for 75 percent of the white wine grape production in the state. In arid eastern Washington, where most of the state’s wine grapes are grown, efficient irrigation is the name of the game. But it can be particularly challenging for white wine grapes. If a grower anticipates a heat wave, he or she can have a hard time figuring out how much to irrigate. Overwatering could result in too much canopy growth at the expense of berry production, and not enough water could … » More …Read Story
Measuring community well‑being
WSU Vancouver’s Probst looking at mix of stressors, employment, resources Does where you live affect your ability to cope with financial and employment stress? That question is on the minds of policymakers with limited dollars to spend on social services. The answer could help them determine how best to support struggling individuals. The question was also on the mind of Washington State University psychology professor Tahira Probst. It seems logical that people with access to more services would fare better. But Probst wondered whether, instead, people might compare their situations’ with their neighbors’ in a “keeping up with the Joneses” fashion. If so, those … » More …Read Story
Ion mobility spectrometry
Investigating one of society’s most powerful workhorses On a cool evening last April, at exactly 8:01 p.m., the International Space Station traced a bright silver arc over Pullman. Inside, a small sensor scanned the air for hazardous vapors and relayed the data to flight controllers in Houston. Meanwhile, 200 miles below in the Syrian desert, soldiers searched through rubble carrying a handheld device that sounds an alarm in the presence of chemical warfare agents. At airport security gates and customs stations all over the world, similar devices sniff out explosives and narcotics. The technology behind those detectors is called ion mobility spectrometry or IMS. While … » More …Read Story
Disarming a deadly virus
Scientist discovers how infection with the deadly Nipah virus takes hold Everyone has seen it in the movies: a deadly virus breaks out of a remote locale and spreads like wildfire, causing devastation with worldwide consequences. Although frequently over-dramatized by Hollywood, it’s a real possibility— as evidenced by the recent Ebola outbreak, which saw cases appear in Europe and the Americas for the first time. In the School for Global Animal Health at WSU Pullman, virologist Hector Aguilar-Carreno is hard at work making sure the deadly Nipah virus can’t do the same thing. His work is urgent. With a mortality rate of 40% to … » More …Read Story
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Scientists Have Found a Way
The Washington PostApril 27, 2016This study found race matters in police shootings, but the results may surprise you
Even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects
National Public RadioApril 26, 2016Beneath An Ugly Outside, Marred Fruit May Pack More Nutrition
Antioxidants in bruised fruit may serve as mild stressors that kick our repair mechanisms into high gear.
The Spokesman-Review April 25, 2016WSU researchers aim to make farming more efficient
Infrared technology sees if plants are receiving enough water.
Huffington PostApril 19, 2016The Startling Dangers of Drowsy Driving
One in three drivers admit to getting behind the wheel while sleep-deprived. The effects can be fatal, but are also avoidable if you follow this key advice.
The ColumbianApril 17, 2016Brains, artwork merge for trip to D.C.
NW Noggin neuroscientists and students will bring brains and brain art for several presentations to the nation’s capital April 25 through 30.
Bourbon or rye? You can’t tell the difference, says study
By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences and Lauren Ingeno, Drexel University RICHLAND, Wash. – Whiskey aficionados may claim that Manhattans must be made with fiery, grassy rye while an Old Fashioned requires the sweetness of bourbon.Read Story
New mental health tool expedites patient evaluation
By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a new assessment tool to gauge the risk that someone with a mental illness will commit a crime. It could also speed up long-delayed competency evaluations for people awaiting trial.Read Story
Big-data computer will facilitate research, collaboration
By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University recently cut the ribbon on a high-performance computer, heralding a new era of gleaning insights from large and unwieldy masses of data.Read Story
Model predicts how forests will respond to climate change
By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences VANCOUVER, Wash. – Drought could render the U.S. Northeast’s mixed forests unsustainable after 2050 while Washington’s Cascade Mountains may require tropical and subtropical forest species, according to researchers using a new type of mathematical model at Washington State University.Read Story
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