Research http://nwpr.org en 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 CWU Eventually Wants To Replace Chimps Who Died http://nwpr.org/post/cwu-eventually-wants-replace-chimps-who-died <p>The director of a chimpanzee institute at Central Washington University says she feels urgency to bring in new animals. The education and research program in Ellensburg is now down to two aging chimps after the weekend death of another ape known for his sign language abilities. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:16:27 +0000 Tom Banse 18953 at http://nwpr.org CWU Eventually Wants To Replace Chimps Who Died Grant Funds Largest Wave Research Site In US http://nwpr.org/post/grant-funds-largest-wave-research-site-us Oregon will soon be home to the first large-scale wave research site in the United States. A $4 million grant from the Department of Energy is helping fund the facility. <p> The project will be connected to the electrical grid on-shore so that researchers can test how much power the buoys convert into electricity. Belinda Batten is with Oregon State University and will direct the facility. She says the project will help developers make wave energy more commercially available with large-scale technology. <p> Batten: “In order to test those devices, we have to connect to the grid. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:04:02 +0000 Courtney Flatt 15869 at http://nwpr.org Do You Hear What I Hear? Researchers Record Orcas Underwater http://nwpr.org/post/do-you-hear-what-i-hear-researchers-record-orcas-underwater <p>The waters of Puget Sound are a pretty noisy place, if you’re an orca. But what does a passing tanker ship or motorboat sound like to a killer whale? How does it affect their behavior? Ashley Ahearn reports researchers are trying to find out. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:13:58 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 14711 at http://nwpr.org Do You Hear What I Hear? Researchers Record Orcas Underwater "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 Caught On Tape! Undersea Volcano Erupts Off Northwest Coast http://nwpr.org/post/caught-tape-undersea-volcano-erupts-northwest-coast <p>For the first time, we&#39;re getting to listen to the eruption of an undersea volcano off the Northwest coast. Correspondent Tom Banse got a hold of unusual recordings made at a place called Axial Seamount. It&#39;s about 300 miles out to sea from Cannon Beach, Oregon. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:45:36 +0000 Tom Banse 9791 at http://nwpr.org Caught On Tape! Undersea Volcano Erupts Off Northwest Coast Managing Black-Tailed Deer Through Their Diets http://nwpr.org/post/managing-black-tailed-deer-through-their-diets PULLMAN, Wash. – Black-tailed deer roam forested areas of western Washington and Oregon, but some say their numbers are declining. Scientists suspect that’s because these deer are having trouble finding food to eat. Correspondent Courtney Flatt spoke with researchers who are studying black-tailed deer’s diet. Once they know what deer like to munch on, wildlife managers can make sure those plants keep growing in the wild. <p> On the hilly Palouse, four black-tailed deer graze in a shaded pen. Two scientists stand nearby. The deer are about the size of a pretty large dog. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:23:11 +0000 Courtney Flatt 9272 at http://nwpr.org Managing Black-Tailed Deer Through Their Diets Researcher Receives Funds to Study Why Humans Sleep http://nwpr.org/post/researcher-receives-funds-study-why-humans-sleep <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />A scientist at Spokane&rsquo;s Riverpoint campus has received a large grant to study one question: why do humans sleep?&nbsp;<br /> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:21:36 +0000 Paige Browning 5951 at http://nwpr.org Researcher Receives Funds to Study Why Humans Sleep