Science & Research

Idaho Department of Lands

Bark beetles are tiny insects that both thrive on – and contribute to – wildfires. Idaho forest managers are making use of a natural chemical the beetles produce to protect against further damage.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Idaho State University is facing a federal fine after losing a sample of radioactive plutonium.

Dan Salkeld doesn’t like plunging toilets, filling out tax forms, or clipping his children's toenails. But he loves collecting ticks in Colorado.

Mike Vogt / AP Images/Idaho Press Tribune

Idaho’s doing better than in previous years when it comes to emergency preparedness. That's according to a new national study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 


John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

A University of Idaho scientist is working on a project that could be the next NASA mission to Saturn’s moon Titan.


Mike McBirney / Monarch Butterflies In the Pacific Northwest Facebook Page

A butterfly, born and raised in the Treasure Valley, has flown all the way to the Pacific coast.

The monarch, nicknamed Monet, is part of a Washington State University study that tags and follows the winged invertebrates during their life cycle.

Alexey Kljatov / Flickr

A new study from Oregon State University finds snowpack is in decline across the West.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

A new satellite from NASA launching soon will look for exoplanets in our universe. One of the scientists involved in the search is coming to Boise.

Kirsten / Flickr

Three Native American tribes are in talks with the Bureau of Land Management about repatriating two skeletons found outside Mountain Home last April.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

Winemakers are hyper-focused when it comes to the environmental factors that influence the way their product is made. Soil, climate and location all affect wine grapes. Now, there’s evidence that wildfire smoke alters the way a wine tastes – regardless of the flavor of the grapes at harvest.

Boise State University

Boise State’s physics department is opening up its newly refurbished observatory for some stargazing Friday night, along with an evening of research into how galaxies form.

Brian Day / NASA Ames Research Center

Idaho is gearing up for a "super blue blood moon" on Wednesday, though the name might be a bit misleading. That’s when three celestial events happen all at the same time.

Kathy Lopez / Intermountain Bird Observatory

A study that started in Idaho is expanding across eight western states in an effort to help imperiled short-eared owls. Little is known about these unique birds.

April Mantha

Students at the College of Western Idaho have wrapped up a five-year project of mapping and recording hundreds of petroglyphs in Celebration Park near Melba.

Idaho National Laboratory

After decades of being offline, an old test reactor at Idaho National Laboratory will get new life.

The Transient Reactor Test facility, or TREAT, was designed to put nuclear reactor fuels under stressful conditions. It operated at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) from 1959 to 1994. Then it went dark.

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