Science http://nwpr.org en Seattle Scientist Says Patenting DNA Was Becoming Obsolete http://nwpr.org/post/seattle-scientist-says-patenting-dna-was-becoming-obsolete <p></p><p>The Seattle-area scientist who led the team that first automated the sequencing of DNA says he’s pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:40:38 +0000 Lisa Brooks 29337 at http://nwpr.org Crowdfunding Coal Science http://nwpr.org/post/crowdfunding-coal-science <p>Crowdfunding and kickstarter campaigns have become popular online tools to raise money for fledgling businesses and independent projects. Scientists are starting to use these sites to fund research as well.</p><p>State and federal agencies have begun the environmental review process for the two largest coal export terminals on the West coast. Now there are some scientists who are asking the public to chip in for studies about the impacts of exporting coal. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 13:40:45 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 27888 at http://nwpr.org Crowdfunding Coal Science Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection http://nwpr.org/post/bacteria-dog-lovers-skin-reveal-their-affection Well, it looks like there really is such as thing as a dog person.<p>Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists <a href="http://elife.elifesciences.org/content/2/e00458/article-info#ref-23">reported</a> Tuesday in the journal <em>eLIFE</em>.<p>In fact, two dog owners who don't even know each other have about as many of the skin bacteria in common as a married couple living together.<p>The signature doggie blend is a mixture of harmless bacteria from their tongues and paws, the report finds. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:05:00 +0000 editor 26112 at http://nwpr.org Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection Largest Underwater Observatory Preparing For Launch Off Northwest Coast http://nwpr.org/post/largest-underwater-observatory-preparing-launch-northwest-coast <p>Scientists are in the final weeks of preparation for the launch of the world’s largest underwater observatory.</p><p>It’s a 239 million dollar project that was funded by the National Science Foundation to better understand and monitor the depths of the Pacific Ocean – from volcanic eruptions to deep-sea earthquakes that could lead to tsunamis.</p><p>EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn visited with the team and has this update.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:19:45 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 26040 at http://nwpr.org Bringing Art To Narwhal Research In The Arctic http://nwpr.org/post/bringing-art-narwhal-research-arctic <p>Artists have accompanied scientists and explorers for hundreds of years - documenting discoveries of new species and uncharted territory.</p><p>Well, that tradition is still alive and well.</p><p>Ashley Ahearn interviewed two Seattleites on a scientific and artistic expedition to study Narwhals in Greenland, and produced this audio postcard.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:21:47 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 25574 at http://nwpr.org Bringing Art To Narwhal Research In The Arctic "Citizen Science" Gains Momentum In Northwest And Nationally http://nwpr.org/post/citizen-science-gains-momentum-northwest-and-nationally <p>Public participation in scientific research is mushrooming in the Northwest and across the country. The trend is called &quot;citizen science.&quot; It can take the form of volunteer monitoring and data collection, or crowd-sourced science, or science education with a research component. One sign the movement is gaining acceptance and credibility: It&#39;s a big topic of discussion at a science conference in Portland this week. Correspondent Tom Banse reports. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 13:36:43 +0000 Tom Banse 13009 at http://nwpr.org "Citizen Science" Gains Momentum In Northwest And Nationally Swimming In The Olympics: What A Drag http://nwpr.org/post/swimming-olympics-what-drag <p><a href="http://news.wsu.edu/Pages/Publications.asp?Action=Detail&amp;PublicationID=32160&amp;PageID="><em>Republished from WSUNews</em></a></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; padding-bottom: 12px; line-height: 1.6em; color: rgb(38, 42, 45); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, san-serif; text-align: left; ">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:40:15 +0000 Kirsten Peters 11816 at http://nwpr.org Swimming In The Olympics: What A Drag Fuel Cells Could Power Your Neighborhood http://nwpr.org/post/fuel-cells-could-power-your-neighborhood <p>Researchers have developed a fuel cell that could one day power your neighborhood. From EarthFix, Courtney Flatt explains, this new system is much more efficient than power plants. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:26:35 +0000 Courtney Flatt 9857 at http://nwpr.org