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The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Most feathers owe their tones to pigments: organic compounds scattered through the feather. Melanin, the pigment responsible for black, brown and tan hues, is produced by birds and resides in feather structures called melanosomes, according to Audubon.

The science of shimmer: iridescence in bird feathers

ISABELLE BUSCH January 27, 2022

A glint catches your eye. The fiery metallic shine belongs to a Calliope hummingbird, who hovers curiously in front of you. Then in a shimmering blur, it is gone, leaving your eyes ablaze with nearly unbelievable...

James Webb Telescope is the most effective for observing black holes in the universe.

Astronomers use high resolution telescope to look for black holes

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter January 27, 2022

A team of astronomers, including a WSU astrophysicist, will use the James Webb Telescope to search for black holes located in small galaxies. This will help determine their impact on the solar system...

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University of Washington researchers to unionize for equity, better work conditions

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor January 27, 2022

Across all University of Washington campuses, 1,500 researchers are filing a petition with the Public Employment Relations Commission in order to become unionized. The purpose of organizing a union...

Increasing calcium bioavailability in ice cream allows people to get essential nutrients, even while having a treat.

Research lab explores adding more calcium, vitamin D in ice cream

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor January 27, 2022

WSU researchers are investigating how to enhance calcium bioavailability in ice cream formula. There is already calcium in the milk used for ice cream, but researchers want to improve the bioavailability...

A Great Blue Heron patiently waits for fish while hunting in the middle of Paradise Creek, Nov. 13, 2021, in Pullman.

Wildlife of the Week: Great blue heron

MASON MARON January 27, 2022

Herons are a well-known icon of marshes and wetlands, but the many species of heron found worldwide are well-adapted to fit most habitats. Of those species, one of the most well-adapted is the great blue...

The Jewett Observatory is located on Observation Drive.

Jewett Observatory introduces public to other worlds

EMMA LEDBETTER and SAM TAYLOR January 20, 2022

For anyone wanting to get more involved with astronomy in 2022, WSU’s Jewett Observatory will host several open star parties, which allow visitors to use the historic telescope and learn more about the...

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, but lab results indicate stretching and antioxidants help.

WSU researchers link gallic acid, stretching to reduction in arthritis inflammation

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor January 20, 2022

A WSU research team examined the effects of gallic acid in combination with stretching mechanisms on human cartilage cells from arthritic knees to mimic the stretching from walking. The results found both...

Jeremy Lessmann, director for the Office of Undergraduate Research, works in his office, Jan. 19, at the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education.

New director of Office of Undergraduate Research will encourage research opportunities

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor January 20, 2022

Jeremy Lessmann, clinical associate professor and academic adviser  for the department of chemistry, has recently been appointed to director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. “I was asked...

A WSU research team is studying how fleas can transmit the Bubonic Plague.

Research team determines how fleas transmit Bubonic Plague

GREY KAMASZ, Evergreen reporter January 20, 2022

A research team within the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health is studying how an infectious bacterium causes fleas to transmit the Bubonic Plague via flea bite. The research team is led by Viveka...

The great horned owl can be heard outside of the Olympia dorms.

Wildlife of the Week: Great horned owl

MASON MARON January 20, 2022

The great horned owl is a common owl throughout the Palouse, often seen perched on electric poles outside of town. Its range is much more widespread, though, with data showing it to be found...

However, there are potentially dozens of other genes, that, when mutated, could cause cancer, Magnuson said.

Science Explained: What causes cancer?


Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., and the rates have only increased in recent years — but what exactly is cancer, and can we prevent it? Cancer occurs when a cell divides uncontrollably,...

A female fox squirrel eats maple seeds off of a tree on the Pullman WSU Campus, Monday, May 3, 2021.

Wildlife of the Week: fox squirrel

MASON MARON January 13, 2022

The fox squirrel is a species familiar to almost every WSU student, whether they know it or not. The famous (and sometimes infamous) “campus squirrels” are this species, and one of the only squirrels...

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