Commentaries

Rock Doc
6:00 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Nuggets Of Wisdom For Gold Prospectors

The Rock Doc, Kirsten Peters
Credit Washington State University

    I own a couple of small gold nuggets. They came from the Round Mountain gold mine in Nevada, which I visited a few years ago. A tour of the open-pit mine was crowned by a visit to their foundry where the molten metal was poured into gold bars. Those bars are what’s called doré gold, that is, it’s the metal as it comes out of the ground with minor impurities in it like silver. The doré bars are then transported to a refinery where pure gold can be separated from other metals. I got to heft one of the doré bars, and I can attest that gold is, indeed, remarkably dense. 

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Boise Pronunciation
7:23 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Boy-see Or Boy-zee? The Boise Pronunciation Question

Credit Public Domain / Wikicommons

   

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Thanksgiving and Philanthropy
10:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Which Comes First: The Thanks Or The Giving?

Sandi Billings, NWPR’s Major Giving Officer, spends considerable time with generous people and regularly notices our emotional responses to philanthropy - both as giver and as receiver. Here she shares some thoughts about the giving season - and the Thanksgiving season.

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Rock Doc
6:00 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Nuclear Forensics - Tracking Radioactive Threats

The Rock Doc, Kirsten Peters
Credit Washington State University

How do you catch and prosecute someone illegally trafficking nuclear materials? You could catch them uranium-handed… except that granite also contains traces of uranium. That’s the challenge of nuclear forensics: telling what’s evidence of nuclear material, and what’s just background noise. WSU’s Nathalie Wall is a chemist who handles nuclear forensics. The Rock Doc, Kirsten Peters, brings us her story.  

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Rock Doc
6:00 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Smarter Than Your Average Bear

The Rock Doc, Kirsten Peters
Credit Washington State University

WSU is known for its smart Cougars. But soon it could have a reputation for something else – intelligent bears. Bears that use tools, like some primates and birds. Veterinary student Alex Waroff tested the bears’ intelligence, and found some surprising results. WSU’s Rock Doc, Kirsten Peters, has the story of WSU’s bright bears.

Alex Waroff had a fantastic summer job this year. The veterinary student at Washington State University worked with faculty members as they tested just how clever grizzly bears are. What’s at issue is the use of tools.

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Rock Doc
5:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Bridging The Valley of Death

Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, aka the "Rock Doc."
Credit Washington State University

A team of scientists at Washington State University is working to develop new sources for chemicals that might aid in the development of biofuel startups.  One avenue of research: poplars.  Dr. Kirsten Peters, the “Rock Doc,” takes a look.

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Rock Doc
5:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Will Changes To FDA's New Food Labels Help Consumers Make Healthier Choices?

Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, aka the "Rock Doc."
Credit Washington State University

While I have been dinking around for months, trying to lose five pounds, two of my friends have gotten serious about weight loss. Each of them is down 50 pounds.

I’m pleased for them, of course, and truly impressed by their accomplishments. Successfully combating overweight and obesity is one of the best things people can do for their health. It can help everything from joint pain to heart function, from Type 2 diabetes to certain aspects of mental health.

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News Nuggest
12:11 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

News Nuggets: Froufrou

John Paxson, News Director

Language is a slippery thing.  Just when you think you have it pretty much in hand, it slithers away.   

At least it has been that way for more than 200 years.

or

At least it has been that way for over 200 years.

For a very long time language purists have insisted on using more than rather than over when referring to quantity. 

Fussy news editor: More than 20 people were arrested.

The hoi polloi: Over 20 people were arrested.

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Rock Doc
3:42 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

A Brisk Walk Is Better Than A Stroll

The "Rock Doc," E. Kirsten Peters.
Credit Northwest Public Radio

Nothing could be better—or healthier—than a walk through the countryside, right?  Wrong.  New research reveals that walking briskly could be better.  "Rock Doc"  Kirsten Peters explains.

My Labrador-mix from the pound, Buster Brown by name, loves to walk with me. On the weekends we often do a six-mile walk around town or along the Snake River where Buster can be off leash (as Mother Nature intends).

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Commentaries
9:18 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Which Place Is More Sexist: The Middle East Or Latin America?

On the left: Women wearing burqas walk by the Gulf of Aqaba in Jordan in 2006. Right: Women in bikinis visit a beach in Rio de Janeiro in 2013.
Marco Di Fabio and Nelson Almeida Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:57 pm

A semi-naked woman in a sequined Carnival costume. A veiled woman with only her eyes showing in a niqab. Two stereotypes of two vastly different regions — Latin America and the Middle East.

On the surface, these two images couldn't be more diametrically opposed. What could the two have in common, right? What a woman wears — or what she doesn't wear, in Brazil's case — is often interpreted as a sign of her emancipation. The veil, for many, is a symbol of female oppression; the right to wear a bikini, one of liberation.

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