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Scientists develop new wheat-wheatgrass hybrid

With a hybrid crop called Salish Blue, scientists at Washington State University have combined wheat and wheatgrass in a new species with the potential to help Pacific Northwest farmers and the environment.

Dinosaur Jr., Drive-By Truckers, Deer Tick Top 2017 Pickathon Lineup

Celebrated as the best independent event for musical and artistic discovery, Pickathon is delighted to announce its diverse lineup for 2017. Taking place August 3–6, 2017 at Pendarvis Farm, the 19th edition of the Pacific Northwest’s...Show More Summary

Soil pores, carbon stores, and breathing microbes

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently studied how moisture influences soil heterotrophic respiration. That's the breathing-like process by which microbes convert dead organic carbon in the soil to carbon dioxide.

One of J.K. Simmons’s First Jobs Was ... Uh, Interesting

Before he was able to emotionally torture aspiring drummers or stroll around Gotham City with the confidence of a young Sam Spade, J.K. Simmons was just your average aspiring actor in the Pacific Northwest trying to make a living. As the acting opportunities weren't exactly too abundant in the booming ... More »

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 7 - 13 January 2017

5 days agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

It's Friday the 13th so be careful out there. The OSU Hydrophiles are convening their 7th Annual Pacific Northwest Water Resources Symposium on 6-7 March 2017. Abstracts are due 15 January. These conferences are always very good, and get larger each year. More information is here. See you there! ...

Scientists solve a whale of a mystery: Why orcas have menopause

Sifting through more than four decades of data on two killer whale populations in the northwest Pacific, an international team of scientists says they’ve discovered why killer whales go through menopause: their complicated relationships with their daughters. The findings, described in the journal...

Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy

(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) A new streamlined process could quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel.

Watch a drone crash into Seattle's Space Needle - CNET

The Pacific Northwest landmark wasn't harmed, but staff report this is the third drone recovered on the property.

PNW Indie Booksellers Determine Sherman Alexie, Lindy West, Annie Proulx, to Be Good Writers

6 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Rich Smith Alexie is one of two Stranger Geniuses to win a 2016 Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award. CORY GUSTASON If you're interested in what the writers of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska are thinking about these days, then you'd do well to pay attention to the the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association awards. Show More Summary

No one is happier about the snow in Portland than these zoo animals.

6 days agoHumor / odd : Happy Place

Hey, snow in Portland! In case you're not aware, snow in the Pacific Northwest is a rare occurrence. But now, thanks to climate change, everyone can enjoy the fun of frolicking in fresh snow, before all the ice on earth melts and we are consumed by water and eventually wiped off the earth altogether. Show More Summary

A visit to Portland, Oregon is like glamping in concrete tents

last weekNews : NY Daily News

To some, Portland is a gateway to the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty. To others, it's synonymous with all things urban and hipster.

Pretty in pink: Some algae like it cold

(University of Cincinnati) UC researchers are leading efforts to learn more about the effects of pink snow algae on glaciers and snowfields covering Pacific Northwest stratovolcanoes.

Pillorian – “A Stygian Pyre”

Last May the dearly beloved Pacific Northwest atmospheric black metal band Agalloch called it quits, ending a 20-year run as a pioneering and magical force in American heavy metal. (You can read about the controversial breakup here.) It wasn't long after the announcement, though, that bereaved fans knew they'd soon be hearing from the band's…

NASA sees storms affecting the western US

Extreme rain events have been affecting California and snow has blanketed the Pacific Northwest. NASA/NOAA's GOES Project created a satellite animation showing the storms affecting the region from January 6 through 9, 2017, and NASA's Aqua satellite captured a look at the snowfall.

Family drama 'Lost & Found' moves in mysterious, if not always satisfying, ways

The family drama “Lost & Found” opens with a series of old newspaper headlines that succinctly sketches the history of a remote Pacific Northwest Island developed in the 1960s by an eccentric World War II code breaker-turned-magnate named Richard Walton. Pay attention: Those headlines are clearer...

Increasing rainfall in a warmer world will likely intensify typhoons in western Pacific

(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) An analysis of the strongest tropical storms over the last half-century reveals that higher global temperatures have intensified the storms via enhanced rainfall. Rain that falls on the ocean reduces salinity and allows typhoons to grow stronger.

Now Casting: Short Horror Flick and 4 More Great Gigs

Today’s Backstage casting roundup has surely got something for everyone: a short horror film about a near-death experience, a mysterious feature film shooting all over the Pacific Northwest, and even an interactive theater experience spanning Ecuador and New York City. Show More Summary

NFL weather forecast, Week 17: Regular season ends with quiet weather

Although colder air is working in across the country from the Pacific Northwest into the Central United States most of the games for the last week of the regular season will be fairly quiet weatherwise. There are only a few games where a shower or two could form and even those games are mostly dry. Show More Summary

World Of Speed: Portland, Oregon's New Gearhead Nirvana

Portland, Oregon's new World of Speed Motorsports Museum celebrates the racing history of the Pacific Northwest.

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