Research

Narwhal Research
6:21 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Bringing Art To Narwhal Research In The Arctic

An artist's sketchbook used in studying the landscape and nature in Greenland.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

Artists have accompanied scientists and explorers for hundreds of years - documenting discoveries of new species and uncharted territory.

Well, that tradition is still alive and well.

Ashley Ahearn interviewed two Seattleites on a scientific and artistic expedition to study Narwhals in Greenland, and produced this audio postcard.

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Chimpanzee Institute
6:16 am
Tue November 27, 2012

CWU Eventually Wants To Replace Chimps Who Died

Veterinarians and pathologists at the UW Primate Center performed an autopsy on Monday on Dar, pictured here earlier in his life at CWU.
Credit Photo courtesy Friends of Washoe

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.

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Wave Research Grant
6:04 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Grant Funds Largest Wave Research Site In 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.

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.

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Orca Research
6:13 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Do You Hear What I Hear? Researchers Record Orcas Underwater

A male orca seen by the northwest tip of Steward Island in the Puget Sound.
Photo by Erik Stockdale Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Citizen Science
6:36 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"Citizen Science" Gains Momentum In Northwest And Nationally

Joan Rupp of Tacoma counts and records bird sightings outside her living room window as part of Project FeederWatch.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Public participation in scientific research is mushrooming in the Northwest and across the country. The trend is called "citizen science." 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's a big topic of discussion at a science conference in Portland this week. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Undersea Volcano
6:45 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Caught On Tape! Undersea Volcano Erupts Off Northwest Coast

Hydrophone deployed at Axial Seamount.
Photo by Bill Chadwick OSU

For the first time, we'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's about 300 miles out to sea from Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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Black-Tailed Deer Research
6:23 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Managing Black-Tailed Deer Through Their Diets

A black-tailed deer grazes on the Palouse.
Photo by Courtney Flatt Northwest News Network

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.

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Northwest News
10:21 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Researcher Receives Funds to Study Why Humans Sleep

Why is sleep so necessary? Scientists Jonathan Wisor hopes to find out.
Roger Rossing/Deutsche Fotothek Wikimedia Commons

   
A scientist at Spokane’s Riverpoint campus has received a large grant to study one question: why do humans sleep? 

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