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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 …

Award honors Peabody’s groundbreaking historical work

Sue Peabody.The French Colonial Historical Society has established a new prize in honor of Sue Peabody, Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at WSU Vancouver.

Peabody is considered a major scholar of race and the law in the Atlantic world, and her books have helped transform the field of French colonial history. Her most recent book, “Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in » 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 …