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Dr. Universe: Why can’t we breathe in space?

Dr. UniverseOn Earth, humans have oxygen to breathe. But there’s very little oxygen to breathe in space.

Space is actually a kind of vacuum, which means there isn’t a whole lot of matter, or stuff, out there between the planets and the stars.

For Earthlings like you and me, oxygen is an essential part of life. While 21% of Earth’s atmosphere is oxygen, my friend Yimo Liu reminded me it wasn’t always that way. » More …

Populous regions bear brunt of increasing humid‑heat

The sun over the city.The world is not only getting hotter but also more humid, and new research by WSU environmental scientists shows people living in areas where humid-heat extremes are already a significant hazard are bearing the brunt of the impact.

“We identify a greater increase in population exposure to humid-heat as compared to » More …

Assessing the emotional impact of sleep loss

A man sits on a public bench rubbing his eyes.A new WSU study shows sleep loss is not likely to interfere with our ability to evaluate emotional situations, but it is likely to make us less able to control our own emotional responses.

The findings have implications for healthcare providers, law enforcement and people in other long-hour professions who need » More …

Experiment in artistic expression

Pianist and violinist perform on stage in front of video projection.A unique live performance integrating music, video, and literary art drew an audience from across the WSU Pullman campus and around the world for an evening of “Intersecting Expressions.

“The feeling on stage was incredible,” said Christiano Rodrigues, an assistant professor of music who conceived the performance. “There is a sort of excitement that comes with the unpredictable nature of this project, which I think resonated with all present.” » More …

Humanities faculty present ways to bridge community divides

Helping to bridge divides of understanding within communities is at the heart of four free, public presentations by Washington State University professors to be hosted online in October.

Sociologist Jennifer Sherman will present “Diamonds in the Rough: The Gentrification of Rural Washington” and philosopher Michael Goldsby will present “Why Deny Science.” » More …

Nature restoration project unites community, arts, science

Nature restoration project.In a narrow patch of land beside Missouri Flat Creek near downtown Pullman and the Washington State University campus, a new set of creatively designed signs celebrates a decade of ecological restoration efforts and a unique town–gown partnership combining environmental science and the arts. » More …

Q&A with Julie Ann Wieck

Julie Anne Wieck.An talented singer and pianist, and an active adjudicator and clinician, Associate Professor Julie Anne Wieck leads by example to motivate her vocal students.

She is director of opera and musical theatre and voice area coordinator for the School of Music, and presently serves on the National Advisory Board on Auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. » More …

$3M grant supports transformative graduate student research

Dylan Bugden, Erica Crespi, and Alexander Fremier.Washington State University will soon be preparing graduate students to tackle a difficult, interdisciplinary problem that is more than 1,200 miles long: the Columbia River.

With the support of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, WSU will develop a research training program focused on the relationships among rivers, watersheds, and communities. The program is intended to » More …

How Chinese pioneers helped build the Pacific Northwest

Polly Bemis sitting outside a cabin in Warren, IdahoThough often surprising to people today, Chinese immigrants once had a thriving population in the Inland Pacific Northwest. From their earliest days searching for gold to their later work constructing the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chinese endured discrimination and, in many cases, extreme brutality.

How it began

When word came that gold had been discovered in central California in 1849, many Chinese headed to » More …