Bacteria in ancient flea may be ancestor of the Black Death

A 20-million-year-old fossil of a flea in amber may contain the world's oldest evidence of bacteria that could have caused the bubonic plague.

Study finds valley sites lost - and gained - about half of their bird diversity in 60 years

A new study has documented the loss of roughly 50 percent of the bird species in five Willamette Valley sites – yet at the same time, recorded almost the same number of new species.

Earth science offers key to many United Nations "Sustainable Development Goals"

A group of OSU ecologists say that scientific “business as usual” will fall far short of what is needed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted by the United Nations.

Ban on microbeads offers best chance to protect oceans, aquatic species

A ban on the use of plastic “microbeads” from products that enter wastewater is the best way to protect water quality, wildlife, and resources used by people,researchers say in a new report.

Hospice patients, practitioners face quandary about antibiotic use

A survey suggests there remain many questions about how or whether to use antibiotics with hospice patients, and how such medications are used in end of life care.

Survey: Oyster industry more sold on ocean acidification impacts than public

Many West Coast shellfish industry leaders are convinced ocean acidification is having consequences – a rate of belief more than four times higher than that of the public.

Greenhouse gases caused glacial retreat during last Ice Age

Glacial melting during the end of the last Ice Age as a result of rising CO2 levels is now confirming that today's glaciers may largely disappear in coming decades.

"Quantum dot" technology may help light the future

OSU advances in the manufacturing of "quantum dots" could lead to wider use of energy efficient LED lighting around the nation, as well as many other electronic applications.