Viruses hidden in coral symbiont’s genetic material are a potential threat to reefs

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Microscopic algae that corals need for survival harbor a common and possibly disease-causing virus in their genetic material, an international collaboration spearheaded by an Oregon State University researcher has found.

Forest birds with short, round wings more sensitive to habitat fragmentation, OSU study shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tropical forest birds, which tend to have wings that are short and round relative to their body length and shape, are more sensitive to habitat fragmentation than the long-, slender-winged species common in temperate forests, according to an international collaboration that included scientists from Oregon State University.

Oregon State study provides foundation for protecting rare fox in Cascades, Sierra Nevada

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Conservation efforts for the rare Sierra Nevada red fox can be strengthened through new computer modeling based on a 12-year data gathering partnership led by scientists at Oregon State University’s Institute for Natural Resources, says a researcher who helped direct the project.

Breakthrough in computer chip energy efficiency could cut data center electricity use

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University and Baylor University have made a breakthrough toward reducing the energy consumption of the photonic chips used in data centers and supercomputers.

OSU research shows how hackers can target smart meters to destabilize electricity grid

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A power transmission grid can be destabilized by hackers who manipulate smart meters to create an oscillation in electricity demand, researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have shown.

OSU-Cascades researcher explores AI solution for tracking and reducing household food waste

BEND, Ore. – A researcher at Oregon State University-Cascades has received funding to develop a smart compost bin that tracks household food waste.

Oregon State researchers develop new model for quickly evaluating cervical cancer drugs

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University have created a means of speeding up and improving the evaluation process for drugs used to combat cervical cancer.

Juvenile black rockfish affected by marine heat wave but not always for the worse, research shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Larvae produced by black rockfish, a linchpin of the West Coast commercial fishing industry for the past eight decades, fared better during two recent years of unusually high ocean temperatures than had been feared, new research by Oregon State University shows.

Woodpecker that likes burned forest can breed in unburned woods too, research shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A species of woodpecker once thought to limit itself to recently burned areas can breed successfully in the unburned parts of fire-prone landscapes too, according to a study by Oregon State University scientists that holds key implications for improved conservation and forest management efforts.

OSU researchers create artificial enzyme for fast detection of disease-related hormone in sweat

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have developed a handheld sensor that tests perspiration for cortisol and provides results in eight minutes, a key advance in monitoring a hormone whose levels are a marker for many illnesses including various cancers.