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RoBeetle is a centimeter long and weighs 88 miligrams.

World’s tiniest robot

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter October 14, 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 14, 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 reporter October 7, 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 23, 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 29, 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 29, 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 22, 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 15, 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...

Without the treatment the researchers used, the raspberries dont keep their structure when baked in a muffin (left). With the treatment the researchers used, the raspberries baked better (right).

Researchers make raspberries easier to use in baking

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter March 11, 2021

A WSU research team developed a treatment to make frozen raspberries more desirable in baked goods. The berries are primarily grown in California, Washington and Oregon, and are growing in demand. However,...

Cider apples contain fewer nutrients and amino acids than other fruits, making them harder to ferment. The researchers want to understand the types of nutrients available in the apples.

Researchers to improve cider fermentation

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter March 4, 2021

To make the apple cider fermentation process easier and more predictable, WSU researchers are trying to add more nutrients to cider. The research team is creating a powder base with extra nutrients...

Typically, wastewater treatment uses aeration so bacteria can consume the organic materials found in wastewater, but the new process uses carbon.

New wastewater process less energy-intensive

KASSANDRA VOGEL, Evergreen reporter February 25, 2021

WSU researchers found a more sustainable process to treat wastewater that uses less energy than current methods.  Wastewater is composed of organic materials, which bacteria consume to clean the water....

A WSU researcher sprays tree fruit with cellulose nanocrystal treatment that protects the fruit from frost damage. Cellulose is a component of plant walls that adds rigidity.

WSU technology protects crops from frost

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor February 18, 2021

Every year, farmers around the world are plagued by crop loss due to cold temperatures and frost, no matter what fruits, vegetables or grains they produce. A WSU research team developed a sustainable...

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