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OSU-invented silicone wristbands improve detection of environmental pollutants

A new OSU study shows that chemical-absorbing wristbands are very good at linking external chemical exposure—the substances that go into a person’s body—with the chemicals formed inside the body itself as it metabolizes these “parent” pollutants.  

Free range or cage free? Corvallis Science Pub looks at how eggs are produced.

Whether scrambled, fried or baked in a cake, eggs are a mainstay in homes and restaurants, but in recent years, the industry has seen major changes in production practices. At the Corvallis Science Pub on June 4, James Hermes will discuss the history of the chicken industry in Oregon and the impacts of the shift to “free range” and other methods of producing eggs.

Novel ecosystems provide use for some native birds

Ecosystems that have been altered by human activities can provide suitable habitat for native birds.

Extreme climate variability destabilizing West Coast ecosystems

An increase in the synchrony of the climate could expose marine and terrestrial organisms to higher risks of extinction.

Rare coastal martens under high risk of extinction in coming decades

The coastal marten, a small but fierce forest predator, is at a high risk for extinction in Oregon and northern California in the next 30 years due to threats from human activities, according to a new study.

New brewery equipment prepares Oregon State students for automated future

Oregon State University is home to a new research brewery that allows students to learn on an automated system similar to those used by major regional breweries.

Cutting and leaving western juniper may lead to increase in invasive grasses

A new study finds that in areas already overrun by juniper and non-native grasses, juniper reduction efforts alone aren’t going to be enough to restore the area, and that the grass problem will increase.

Newly-hatched salmon use geomagnetic field to learn which way is up

Researchers who confirmed in recent years that salmon use the Earth’s geomagnetic field to guide their long-distance migrations have found that the fish also use the field for a much simpler and smaller-scale migration: When the young emerge from gravel nests to reach surface waters.

OSU environmental chemists tapped to lead studies of contaminants at military bases

Environmental chemists at Oregon State University will lead grants totaling $2.9 million to conduct studies of chemicals that have contaminated military installations and are also detected at fire training areas in the United States, including Oregon.

A view from above and below: Hatchery chinook salmon are self-sorting in tanks

Hatchery-raised chinook salmon sort themselves into surface- and bottom-oriented groups in their rearing tanks. This behavior might be due in part to the fish’s genes, according to an OSU study.

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