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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 reporters 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 don't 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 reporter 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...

Researchers know more about how Mayans manipulated plants because they looked at chemical compounds of plants in ancient drug containers. It seems like Mayans processed tobacco in a similar manner to how it is processed today.

Mayans may have used medicinal tobacco

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter February 4, 2021

WSU researchers found evidence of Mexican Marigold and two different tobacco species in ancient Maya drug containers found in the northwestern region of the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexican Marigold is a...

The technology works better in cars with higher gas mileage because they have probably sustained more engine damage than cars with lower mileage.

WSU alumnus creates technology to restore engines

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter January 21, 2021

Colfax-based company TriboTEX created an engine oil treatment that uses microscopically small particles called nanoparticles to extend an engine's life expectancy. The nanoparticles have two sides,...

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