Science http://kplu.org en Wash. Students Outscore Hungary, Australia in Math, Science http://kplu.org/post/wash-students-outscore-hungary-australia-math-science <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state students rank in the top 10 for&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">math and science when compared with their counterparts in other countries, according to a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/studies/naep_timss/profiles.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">new batch of test scores</a>.</p><p>Washington's&nbsp;eighth&nbsp;graders tested better than the&nbsp;national average in both subjects. And scores here are higher than those in Ontario, Canada; Hungary, and Australia.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 06:02:57 +0000 Florangela Davila 10647 at http://kplu.org Mounting Consequences as Arctic Sea Ice Melts http://kplu.org/post/mounting-consequences-arctic-sea-ice-melts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arctic sea ice is melting at record rates, and the loss of that ice could drive significant degradation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems, according to a researcher at the University of Washington. The researcher, Cecilia Bitz, is part of an international team of scientists whose findings are published this week in the journal, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6145/519.full" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Science</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:41:32 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9497 at http://kplu.org Mounting Consequences as Arctic Sea Ice Melts Can you learn to like music you hate? http://kplu.org/post/can-you-learn-music-you-hate You hear some music you hate. That's fair. We all do on occasion. But can you learn to love — or at least not loathe — that music? Can you intentionally transform the visceral response you have to certain pieces and styles, or does that happen at some more incalculable, subtle level?<p>Researchers at Australia's University of Melbourne say that the more dissonance (which they describe as "perceived roughness, harshness, unpleasantness, or difficulty in listening to the sound") that we hear in music, the less we enjoy said music. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 06:53:53 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 7821 at http://kplu.org Can you learn to like music you hate? What to do when the bus doesn't come and you want to scream http://kplu.org/post/what-do-when-bus-doesnt-come-and-you-want-scream We're in Milan. We're not happy. We're waiting for a bus that doesn't seem to come. Then we see this:<p>Three different sized sheets of bubble wrap, sized for how long you expect to wait: a little square for three minutes, bigger for five minutes, biggest for 10 — and the sign on top says: "Antistress For Free!!"<p>Everyone knows what to do. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 06:35:04 +0000 Robert Krulwich 7318 at http://kplu.org What to do when the bus doesn't come and you want to scream Scientists solve mystery of the mounds under Hood Canal http://kplu.org/post/scientists-solve-mystery-mounds-under-hood-canal <p>Washington scientists guessed that mysterious mounds hundreds of feet below the surface of Hood Canal were deposited by Ice Age glaciers or built up by natural gas seeps or geothermal vents.</p><p>After taking a closer look with a remote control camera they have another theory.</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:05:16 +0000 The Associated Press 7247 at http://kplu.org Scientists solve mystery of the mounds under Hood Canal Central Washington University hopes to replace dead chimps http://kplu.org/post/central-washington-university-hopes-replace-dead-chimps The director of a chimpanzee institute at Central Washington University says she feels urgency to bring in new animals. The education and research program in Ellensburg is now down to two aging chimps after the weekend death of another ape known for his sign language abilities.<p>The chimpanzee named "Dar" was 36 years old when he died unexpectedly on Saturday of unknown causes. Autopsy results are expected later this week.<p>Dar was originally part of a five-member chimp family at Central Washington University. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:47:14 +0000 Tom Banse 7201 at http://kplu.org Central Washington University hopes to replace dead chimps Seattle's science experiment: A STEM school for the early grades http://kplu.org/post/seattles-science-experiment-stem-school-early-grades <p>Many jobs of the future will be in fields that go by the shorthand “STEM”: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But these are precisely the subjects where many American students are falling short. Educators are responding by creating STEM-focused schools, and in Seattle officials are breaking ground by pushing that emphasis back into younger classes, all the way to kindergarten.</p><p>Principal Shannon McKinney is in charge of figuring out how to build one of the first STEM elementary schools in the Northwest. K-5 STEM at Boren, as it’s awkwardly named, is in West Seattle, but any elementary student in the district can apply for a spot here.<br><br>As the school wraps up its first semester, McKinney and her team are still working out what a STEM education for Seattle’s youngest learners should look like.<br> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7191 at http://kplu.org Seattle's science experiment: A STEM school for the early grades Study: Kids get developmental boost from phones, social media http://kplu.org/post/study-kids-get-developmental-boost-phones-social-media <p></p><p>Instead of increasing kids’ isolation, a new study from the University of Washington suggests life on the digital frontier is helping kids reach developmental milestones.</p><p>Phones and social media help kids share personal problems and build a sense of belonging, the UW <a href="http://www.washington.edu/news/2012/10/22/friendship-2-0-teens-technology-use-promotes-sense-of-belonging-identity/">noted in a press release</a>.</p><p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:02:44 +0000 Jake Ellison 6790 at http://kplu.org Study: Kids get developmental boost from phones, social media Mystery solved: Who the 'Kennewick Man' really was http://kplu.org/post/mystery-solved-who-kennewick-man-really-was <p>For one thing, Kennewick Man –&nbsp;the 9,500-year-old remains found in the shallows of the Columbia River more than 16 years ago –&nbsp;was buff. We’re talking beefcake.</p><p>So says Doug Owsley, head of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Owsley led the study of the ancient remains.</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:39:11 +0000 Anna King 6690 at http://kplu.org Mystery solved: Who the 'Kennewick Man' really was Scientist: 'Kennewick Man' lived on coast, not southeast Washington http://kplu.org/post/scientist-kennewick-man-lived-coast-not-southeast-washington MATTAWA, Wash. – Kennewick Man spent most of his life on the coast, not in the region on the Columbia River where he was found. So says the federal scientist who fought for nearly 10 years to study the 9,500 year old bones. The scientist released some of his findings at a conference this week with Northwest tribes<p>Kennewick Man’s bones give an indication of what he ate, and how he lived. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:35:50 +0000 6676 at http://kplu.org Scientist: 'Kennewick Man' lived on coast, not southeast Washington Study: Coastal Oregon waters slightly caffeinated http://kplu.org/post/study-coastal-oregon-waters-slightly-caffeinated The Northwest is known for its love of coffee. Now evidence of that is showing up in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers have found low levels of caffeine at half a dozen locations on the Oregon Coast.<p>Caffeine does not occur naturally in the environment in the Pacific Northwest. Marine scientists believe the java jolt gets into seawater through treated sewage and septic runoff.<p>A Portland State University graduate student collected water samples at 14 coastal beaches and seven nearby river mouths. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:48:12 +0000 Tom Banse 5709 at http://kplu.org Study: Coastal Oregon waters slightly caffeinated Are schools becoming too obsessed with sci-tech? http://kplu.org/post/are-schools-becoming-too-obsessed-sci-tech <p>Many of the efforts to improve schools in Washington are focusing on science and technology, and some leading educators are concerned that&rsquo;s coming at the expense of a well-rounded education. They&rsquo;re forming a group to advocate for liberal arts learning.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5655 at http://kplu.org Are schools becoming too obsessed with sci-tech? Migrant students learn science in the farm fields and the classroom http://kplu.org/post/migrant-students-learn-science-farm-fields-and-classroom <p>At the core of Washington&rsquo;s agriculture industry is science &ndash; you can&rsquo;t grow a potato or cherry without knowing about soil chemistry, hydrology and photosynthesis. But the people who get their hands dirty in the business of growing and picking don&rsquo;t always think of it that way.</p><p>In fact, the children of that workforce tend to <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/99624191/Needs-Assessment-for-Voices-From-the-Field">struggle in math and science</a>. Just one in four children of migrant workers meets state science standards in eighth grade, far below the population as a whole. The gap in math is nearly as wide.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:40:05 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5548 at http://kplu.org Migrant students learn science in the farm fields and the classroom Black flies bedevil Spokane http://kplu.org/post/black-flies-bedevil-spokane <p>SPOKANE, Wash. &ndash; Another damp spring has led to another outbreak of black flies in Spokane.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:25:26 +0000 The Associated Press 5267 at http://kplu.org Black flies bedevil Spokane When will St. Helens blow again? Look to the crystals, scientists say http://kplu.org/post/when-will-st-helens-blow-again-look-crystals-scientists-say <p>If you&rsquo;re wondering when Mount St. Helens is due to erupt again, so are a lot of scientists, and they&rsquo;re finding new ways to forecast when eruptions are likely.</p><p>The latest idea uses crystals that form deep beneath the surface.</p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 20:29:42 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5094 at http://kplu.org When will St. Helens blow again? Look to the crystals, scientists say