Research

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This Sunday, Idahoans will be treated to a bigger, brighter moon in the evening sky. It's called a supermoon and it only happens once this year.

Dr. Stephen Parke / Northwest Nazarene University

A satellite built by Northwest Nazarene University students will launch into space in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The experiment will help NASA find out the best kind of plastics to use on future satellites.

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Friends and neighbors of former Governor Cecil ​Andrus want to preserve his legacy by naming a new species of plant after him.

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Hikers and backpackers are often familiar with giardia, a nasty parasite that can contaminate water sources. Now researchers at the College of Idaho and Boise State University are working on new drugs to fight or kill the bug that can leave campers in intense intestinal distress.


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When we think of finite resources, it’s not likely that sand comes to mind. But according to new research from Jodi Brandt at Boise State, a global sand shortage could have big implications for growing communities like the Treasure Valley.

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Professors at Boise State University and the College of Idaho have found a new species of plant that’s been hiding in plain sight in the Boise Foothills.

Photo courtesy of Corina Tarnita

A team lead by the University of Idaho is studying the survival of antelope in Mozambique, Africa.


Brian Jackson / Boise State University

Dust devils, those updrafts of rotating air you see in parking lots or in the desert, have been studied by scientists since the mid-19th century. But the science has seen a resurgence since the 1970’s when humans started sending spacecraft to Mars, where dust devils have been found in abundance. Scientists hope to learn more about the devils on the red planet by looking closer at the phenomenon here.


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Micron Technology

An Idaho tech company's chief executive officer says the company's new facility in Boise will allow it to expand its research and development.

The Idaho Statesman reported Wednesday that Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra called the facility the largest semiconductor research center for memory technology in the Western Hemisphere.

Researchers at the facility will design products to help drive cars, improve cloud data-processing and possibly even cure cancer.

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How does love affect your brain? That's the question scientists are trying to answer to better understand how love affects our health and our quality of life.

Jeffrey Johnson

He’s studied volcanoes in Chile and Guatemala. Now this Boise State University volcanologist is studying a lava lake in central Africa, hoping it can help scientists better understand when volcanoes are going to erupt.

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Tens of thousands of people will watch the total solar eclipse in Idaho on August 21, and some of them will be taking part in a citizen science experiment.

The Citizen Continental-America Telescope Eclipse Experiment, or CATE for short, is a project by the National Solar Observatory. Using special telescopes, the plan is to record the eclipse at more than 68 different sites, including three in Idaho.

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A new statewide Community Assessment has some dramatic findings, especially for Idaho kids.

The United Way of Treasure Valley released their latest Community Assessment Thursday. Conducted every three years, the research is a snapshot of local issues, from health to education to financial stability.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

A group of researchers, led by Boise State University, picked up $1.7 million Monday to study how climate change affects birds.

The grant comes from the Department of Defense. Led by BSU biological sciences professor Julie Heath, the team will use some of the money to study how climate change is affecting the migration of American kestrels, North America’s smallest falcon species.

Tim Bartholomaus / University of Idaho

An Idaho scientist is part of a team looking at Greenland’s ice sheet. It’s the Earth’s second-largest ice sheet and it’s melting, contributing to a rise in sea levels around the globe. The team’s goal was to figure out which glaciers to watch to predict how the sea level will respond in the future.

When University of Idaho geography professor Tim Bartholomaus started studying glaciers in Greenland for NASA, he thought they would be boring.

“That they’d all be the same, they just sit there, maybe they move a little bit, they melt, how interesting could this be?” he asked.

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