Science & Research

Bill Ingalls / NASA

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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Ketchum has been named an official “dark sky community.” The designation by the International Dark Sky Association strengthens an effort by the Sawtooth region to land the first International Dark Sky Reserve in the country.

College of Idaho/Boise State University

It was close, but a last-minute donation last Friday means a yellow, flowering plant commonly found in Military Reserve will be named Lomatium Andrusianum after the late Gov. Cecil Andrus.


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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State researcher Vanessa Fry has done a lot of work on the issue chronic homelessness among adults. Fry’s research helped lead the City of Boise to launch its “housing first” initiative – a 41-unit building that will offer medical and social services to residents in 2018.


Jimmy Emerson / Flickr Creative Commons

Courtney Conway had a big ask for a handful of Idaho ranchers in sage grouse country.

 


Ken Lane / Flickr

A study out from a group of Arizona State University grad students is stoking fears that an eruption of the supervolcano under Yellowstone could happen a lot faster than scientists previously thought.

John Thurston / College of Idaho

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.


C. C. Chapman / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

NASA/JPL

Last month, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft disappeared into Saturn’s atmosphere in the grand finale of a 20-year mission to study the giant planet. 

College of Idaho/Boise State University

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.


LM Otero / AP Images

The struggle to save the embattled greater sage grouse — while keeping the ground-dwelling bird off the Endangered Species List — has been going on for decades. Its population has plummeted from millions of birds to less than 500,000 in recent years.

Key to the fight is identifying and attacking what’s killing the bird, a challenge complicated by the fact that the threats vary depending on the state.

Boise Youth Embraces Drones Amid Uncertain Future

Aug 24, 2017
Javin Schwartzman

Once reserved for the military, the market for personal drones has rapidly expanded over the past few years. That leaves many unanswered questions as to how they’ll fit into society and how young people will use them to shape the future.

 

 


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