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Media coverage highlights

Oregon Public Broadcasting -

OSU researchers to lead $4.2M grant study on honeybee disease

A persistent disease is killing honeybees, affecting farmers across the U.S. Now, a team of researchers — including several from Oregon State University — is on the case.

The Jefferson Exchange -

Klamath dam removal will help but not cure salmon, research shows

Two microbiology faculty members, Julie Alexander & Sascha Hallett spoke with Jefferson Public Radio about the impact of the Klamath dam removal on salmon.

NW News Network -

Toxic algae found in Columbia River for third week, EPA scientists on the way and new OSU study “sniffs” for toxins

Toxic algae has been found in the Columbia River for the third week in a row in the Tri-Cities. COS Associate Professor Kimberly Halsey discussed her research that developed a new way to monitor the danger associated with algae blooms.

Audubon Magazine -

How Do Wildfires in Canada’s Boreal Forest Affect Birds Across the Continent?

Hundreds of fires continue to blaze in what officials say could become Canada’s worst fire season in recorded history. Jamie Cornelius, College of Science ecological physiologist, sampled blood from birds during bad smoke conditions to determine what happens physiologically.

The Transmitter -

Gut microbiome meta-analysis reveals consistent autism signal

Despite a decade of inconsistent findings, the microbiomes of autistic and non-autistic children do differ, according to a recent meta-analysis of 10 studies and 15 large datasets. Assistant Professor of Microbiology Maude David, spoke to The Transmitter about her work involving microbiome studies.


OSU receives $500,000 to protect Oregon dunes from rising sea levelshttps

Oregon State University will be receiving a $500,000 federal grant towards assessing the impact of sea level rise against backshore dune environments. This announcement comes from senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and representatives Suzanne Bonamici and Val Hoyle. COS Professor Sally Hacker called this project the first of its kind to explore the environmental and economic value of dunes and cobble beaches as protective structures in the Pacific Northwest.

HP -

How HP is printing cells to help researchers learn more about age-related diseases

An HP device that dispenses single cells is empowering precision research in the College of Science. This technology can isolate living cells from specimens so scientists can study which proteins are implicated in aging, dementia and certain cancers.

The Microbiologist -

Hops compound reduces abundance of gut microbe associated with metabolic syndrome

Researchers have shown in a mouse model and lab cultures that a compound derived from hops reduces the abundance of a gut bacterium associated with metabolic syndrome.

The Corvallis Advocate -

OSU follows nose to detect algae blooms

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to monitor the danger associated with algae blooms: “sniffing” the water for gases associated with toxins.


Oregon State researchers develop novel technique for 'sniffing' out toxic algae blooms

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to monitor the danger associated with algae blooms — “sniffing” the water for gases associated with toxins.

KPTV FOX 12 Oregon -

LIVE: Oregon State physicist discusses landmark discovery

Oregon State physicist Xavier Siemens joined FOX 12 Oregon to discuss NANOGrav’s landmark gravitational wave discovery.

Nature -

Monster gravitational waves spotted for first time

Gravitational waves are back, and they’re bigger than ever. After the historic first detection of the space-time rattles in 2015 using ground-based detectors, researchers could have now rediscovered Albert Einstein’s waves with an entirely different technique.

National Science Foundation -

Gravitational waves from colossal black holes found using 'cosmic clocks'

You can't see or feel it, but everything around you — including your own body — is slowly shrinking and expanding. It's the weird, spacetime-warping effect of gravitational waves passing through our galaxy, according to a new study by a team of researchers with the U.S. National Science Foundation's NANOGrav Physics Frontiers Center.
"While our early data told us that we were hearing something, we now know that it’s the music of the gravitational universe," said NANOGrav co-director and Oregon State University astrophysicist Xavier Siemens.

Reuters -

Scientists discover that universe is awash in gravitational waves

Scientists on Wednesday unveiled evidence that gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time predicted by Albert Einstein more than a century ago, are permeating the universe at low frequencies - creating a cosmic background hum.
"The gravitational waves actually stretch and compress space-time itself as they travel through the universe," said Oregon State University astrophysicist Jeff Hazboun.


Gravitational wave discovery leads to greater understanding of the fabric of our universe

Watch Assistant Professor Jeff Hazboun explain ripple effects in the fabric of our universe.

The New York Times -

The Cosmos Is Thrumming With Gravitational Waves, Astronomers Find

Radio telescopes around the world picked up a telltale hum reverberating across the cosmos, most likely from supermassive black holes merging in the early universe.

Science Quickly, Scientific American -

The Universe Is Abuzz with Giant Gravitational Waves, and Scientists Just Heard Them (Maybe)

Researchers, using the galaxy as a detector, believe they have detected gravitational waves from monster black holes for the first time.

The Washington Post -

In a major discovery, scientists say space-time churns like a choppy sea

The very fabric of the cosmos is constantly being roiled and rumpled all around us, according to multiple international teams of scientists that have independently found compelling evidence for long-theorized space-time waves.

NANOGrav -

Scientists use Exotic Stars to Tune into Hum from Cosmic Symphony

Astrophysicists using large radio telescopes to observe a collection of cosmic clocks in our Galaxy have found evidence for gravitational waves that oscillate with periods of years to decades.
“The large number of pulsars used in the NANOGrav analysis has enabled us to see what we think are the first signs of the correlation pattern predicted by general relativity,” says Oregon State University’s Dr. Xavier Siemens, co-Director of the NANOGrav PFC.


Scientists have found signs of a new kind of gravitational wave. It's really big

Scientists say they are starting to find signs of an elusive type of rumbling through space that could be created by the biggest, baddest black holes in the universe.