"Patchiness" altering perceptions of ocean predators, prey

New studies focusing on ocean “patchiness” suggest that it isn’t just the total amount of prey that is important to predators – it is the density of the food source, and ease of access to it.

Scientists discover reason for Mt. Hood's non-explosive nature

Unlike many volcanoes in the "Pacific Rim of Fire," Mount Hood doesn't have a history of major explosions - and scientists from OSU and elsewhere have discovered why.

OSU researcher part of Mars rover science team

An OSU researcher, who has spent much of his career exploring life in volcanic rocks, has been selected as a participating scientist for the new Mars expedition.

Oregon preparing for debris from Japanese tsunami

Debris from the Japanese tsunami is still on target to arrive at the end of 2012 and an Oregon State University expert says there should be little danger of radiation.

OSU to retire one research vessel, take over operation of another

OSU will retire its research vessel, Wecoma, and replace it with its sister vessel, Oceanus, which will arrive from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in February via the Panama Canal.

Satellite imagery detects thermal "uplift" signal of underground nuclear tests

A new analysis of satellite data documents for the first time the “uplift” of ground above a site of underground nuclear testing, providing researchers a potential new tool for analyzing the strength of detonation.

Atypical La Ni~na may still show teeth, but dry weather prevails

Despite the presence of a second consecutive La Niña event, this December has been especially dry - in fact, Portland has had less rain this month than Tucson, Ariz., and it's been as cold in Corvallis as it has been in Buffalo, N.Y.

Scientists find microbes in lava tube living in conditions like those on Mars

Scientists from OSU and Portland State have collected microbes from ice within a lava tube in Oregon's Cascade Mountains and found that they thrive in cold, Mars-like conditions.