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Asian giant hornet could spread in US, researchers say

The Asian giant hornet does not have predators in the U.S and can destroy a honey bee colony within minutes.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen editor in chief

October 5, 2020

The Asian giant hornet could potentially settle on the west coast, according to a recently published research article by WSU researchers.  The hornet is native to Asia, and it preys on honey bees, according to the research article. A hornet’s nest was first sighted in September 2019 on Vancouver...

Private prisons can cause longer prison sentences, study says

Private prisons are run by corporations that profit through stipends they receive from the government. The stipends are based on the size of the prison or the number of prisoners.

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter

September 28, 2020

WSU researchers found private prisons can contribute to mass incarceration with longer sentences for prisoners, according to a recently published article.  The first private prisons opened in the 1980s. They are run by corporations that profit through stipends they receive from the government, accordi...

Researchers test liquid hydrogen as potential green fuel source

Researchers used liquid hydrogen as a green fuel source for drones. Fueling the drone only requires a few gallons.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 28, 2020

A WSU lab is the first university lab in the country to successfully test liquid hydrogen as a green fuel source for unmanned aerial vehicles.  WSU researchers collaborated with Mississippi State University and Boeing subsidiary Insitu Inc. to create a hydrogen-electric version of the ScanEagle dro...

WSU doctorate student received nuclear technology award

WSU student Samuel Karcher has been analyzing the behavior of nuclear fuel in different storage conditions since 2017.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

September 2, 2020

A WSU doctorate student’s research paper landed him a second-place spot in the Innovations in Nuclear Technology Research and Development Awards Program. Samuel Karcher, materials science and engineering doctorate student, said he analyzed the behavior of nuclear fuel in different storage condi...

WSU tree researchers attempt to prevent Little Cherry Disease

Scott Harper, WSU assistant professor of virology, examines diseased cherries, which can be small and bitter.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

August 28, 2020

WSU scientists and cherry growers are finding new ways to prevent Little Cherry Disease, an infection that spreads between trees and can significantly decrease fruit yield.  When a tree growing fruit with pits, such as cherries or peaches, is infected with the disease, the only known way to keep i...

Bats must be studied more to understand transmission of viruses, researchers say

Scientists do not fully understand how bats have so many viruses that can spill over to humans, a WSU researcher says. When humans contract a virus from bats, it can cause disease and death.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 20, 2020

In a literature review, WSU researchers determined bats must be studied more. This is because scientists do not know enough about how to lessen the threats they pose to human health.  When bat viruses jump to another species, they tend to be highly pathogenic, said Stephanie Seifert, assistant p...

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