The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Miranda Kling switched her STEM major several times, before finally landing on microbiology.

‘There are so many things we can’t see’ — resilient microbiology researcher in the making

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter December 9, 2021

Miranda Kling took her first biology class in freshman year while at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington. She immediately became interested in biology.  “There are so many things...

The diagrm shows how the Trojan virus carries part of the disease. After the cell is infected, it will divide and replicate to destroy the disease-causing cell.

Trojan horse but in virus form

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter December 9, 2021

WSU researchers received a grant to develop a new virus-killing technology against COVID-19.  The Trailblazer Award from the National Institute of Health and National Institute of Biomedical Engineering...

mRNA from the COVID-19 vaccine is a set of molecular instructions. Cells use it to create SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins, which are not infectious. Then the body can make antibodies specific to the pathogen.

Science Explained: What does a booster shot do for immunity?


Booster shots for Pfizer and Moderna are approved for people with underlying conditions or those in high-risk settings. However, many people stumble across the same question: What exactly is a booster...

The de-icing technology will reduce harm to the environment.

De-icing technology is ‘snow’ mistake

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor November 3, 2021

WSU made a commercial licensing deal with Massachusetts-based Fusione Corp. to manufacture environmentally-responsible de-icing technology. The collaboration aims to provide a sustainable de-icer that...

RoBeetle is a centimeter long and weighs 88 miligrams.

World’s tiniest robot

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter October 13, 2021

A WSU professor created the world’s smallest robot powered by methanol combustion and a shape-memory alloy. The robot, named RoBeetle, is a proof of concept created by Nestor Perez-Arancibia, associate...

Plastic waste is a problem, so WSU Professor Hongfei Lin is researching how to chemically convert plastic types that are difficult to recycle.

WSU professor researches more effective ways to recycle

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter October 13, 2021

Around the world, tons of disposable plastic are thrown away each day, while only about 9 percent of plastic is recycled worldwide.  Plastic materials usually end up in landfills or the ocean. Every...

Shichao Ding, WSU doctoral candidate and primary author of the study, used a 3-D sensor to test glyphosate levels in beverages. Glyphosate can possibly cause major health issues, but is safe to consume in small amounts.

Glyphosate: What’s in your water?

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor October 6, 2021

WSU researchers at the Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory have developed a 3D-printed sensor capable of detecting glyphosate in beverages.  Glyphosate is a herbicide that can possibly cause...

WSU Professor and First Lady Noel Schulz was appointed co-director of WSU-Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Advanced Grid Institute.

Noel Schulz embraces new role

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter September 22, 2021

When Noel Schulz was in middle school, she built a TV with her father.  “I actually had resistor earrings when I was in middle school, earrings that had a resistor in different colors,” Schulz...

Travis Volz, who researched this during his doctoral work at WSU, experiments with diamonds in the Institute for Shock Physics’ Impact Laboratory.

Researchers create stronger diamond

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter April 28, 2021

Diamonds are the strongest material on Earth, but an even stronger type of diamond has been created in the lab. Hexagonal diamonds are stiffer and stronger than the typical cubic diamonds used for jewelry,...

Seafood waste is underutilized and has limited applications. The project will divert the waste toward a useful purpose.

Seafood waste used to improve concrete

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 28, 2021

WSU researchers are using a material found in crab shells to improve concrete and reduce carbon emissions.  The researchers plan to use chitin, which can be found in seafood shells, to create longer...

Alumnus Ranga Dias uses equipment that compresses and alters the properties of hydrogen-rich materials in his lab.

WSU alum recognized by Time magazine

KASSANDRA VOGEL, Evergreen reporter April 21, 2021

WSU alumnus Ranga Dias has been recognized as an innovator and emerging leader by Time in its 2021 Time100 Next list for the creation of the first-ever room-temperature superconductor. Unlike ordinary...

To create electricity, the students built a system that burns waste and collects gas to convert to energy in the jars.

Students design system to create electricity in Nigeria

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 14, 2021

WSU students are designing a portable gasifier system to turn waste into electricity in Nigerian households. The systems are currently used in industrial plants in developed countries, said Corey...

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