Science & Technology http://klcc.org en Oregon State Researchers Detect Fukushima Radiation in Albacore Tuna Caught off Oregon Coast http://klcc.org/post/oregon-state-researchers-detect-fukushima-radiation-albacore-tuna-caught-oregon-coast <p></p><p>Researchers at <a href="http://oregonstate.edu/">Oregon State University</a> have found trace levels of radiation from Fukushima in albacore tuna caught off the Oregon coast. Results of the study are being published in the journal <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es500129b?prevSearch=albacore&amp;searchHistoryKey=">Environmental Science and Technology.</a></p><p>The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was destroyed by the earthquake that hit Japan in 2011. Radiation has made its way into the Pacific Ocean, raising concerns about exposure to Cesium-134 and 137.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:08:09 +0000 Angela Kellner 12694 at http://klcc.org Oregon State Researchers Detect Fukushima Radiation in Albacore Tuna Caught off Oregon Coast High Pricetag To Fix Old McKenzie Dam http://klcc.org/post/high-pricetag-fix-old-mckenzie-dam <p>The Eugene Water and Electric Board hopes to start repairing Leaburg Dam as soon as May. The cost to fix the 83-year-old structure on the McKenzie River is projected to be $2.8 million. That's about twice the previous estimate.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:43:27 +0000 Rachael McDonald 11012 at http://klcc.org High Pricetag To Fix Old McKenzie Dam OSU Develops Wristband That Detects Pollutants http://klcc.org/post/osu-develops-wristband-detects-pollutants <p></p><p>Everyday people are exposed to chemicals and pollutants. Researchers at Oregon State University in Corvallis have developed a silicone wristband that can detect these compounds. The new accessory can help scientists understand the link between exposure to toxins and disease. The wristband looks similar to the ubiquitous colorful rubber wristbands that often promote causes or charities, such as breast cancer. Kim Anderson is a professor in the OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:33:22 +0000 Angela Kellner 10516 at http://klcc.org OSU Develops Wristband That Detects Pollutants Why Some Trees Weathered The Ice Storm Better Than Others http://klcc.org/post/why-some-trees-weathered-ice-storm-better-others <p>Fallen trees from the recent ice storm in the South Willamette Valley can still be seen littering parks and yards.&nbsp; After the storm, it became obvious that certain kinds of trees were damaged more than others.&nbsp; KLCC wondered why.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:42:00 +0000 Jes Burns 8927 at http://klcc.org Why Some Trees Weathered The Ice Storm Better Than Others Oregon State Scientists Discover Fourteen New Pollution Compounds http://klcc.org/post/oregon-state-scientists-discover-fourteen-new-pollution-compounds <p>The South Willamette Valley consistently ranks high nationally for levels of air pollution.&nbsp; According to the American Lung Association, Eugene-Springfield was the 14th worse in the country for “short-term particle pollution” in 2013. &nbsp;<br /><br />Air pollution is a complex mixture of chemicals and particulate matter –so complex, scientists still don’t know exactly what’s in the air we breathe.&nbsp; But now they’re one step closer.<br /> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jes Burns 8510 at http://klcc.org Oregon State Scientists Discover Fourteen New Pollution Compounds Boosting Biofuel Crops With Super Forecasts http://klcc.org/post/boosting-biofuel-crops-super-forecasts <p></p><p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:47:33 +0000 Anna King 7526 at http://klcc.org Boosting Biofuel Crops With Super Forecasts Product Design "Duck Tank" Competition Celebrates Interdisciplinary Collaboration http://klcc.org/post/product-design-duck-tank-competition-celebrates-interdisciplinary-collaboration <p>University of Oregon student-entrepreneurs walked away with a cash prize after competing in the inaugural Colligan User Interface Design Challenge. The aim of the so-called "Duck Tank" was to give students real-world experience conceptualizing a product and pitching it to investors.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:24:00 +0000 Jes Burns 6758 at http://klcc.org Product Design "Duck Tank" Competition Celebrates Interdisciplinary Collaboration Ducks Get Back To Business, Beavers Struggle On The Road http://klcc.org/post/ducks-get-back-business-beavers-struggle-road <p>The University of Oregon Ducks looked much-improved Saturday, while the Oregon State Beavers faced a tough road opponent in Arizona.&nbsp;</p><p>The Ducks rebounded from last week's loss to Stanford with a 44-21 victory over the University of Utah Utes. Quarterback Marcus Mariota went into the game with questions about the health of his left knee, but threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns at Autzen Stadium.</p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:34:34 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 3230 at http://klcc.org Ducks Get Back To Business, Beavers Struggle On The Road Oregon Governor Joins Initiative To Put More Zero-Emission Vehicles On The Road http://klcc.org/post/oregon-governor-joins-initiative-put-more-zero-emission-vehicles-road <p>This (last) week, governors from eight states including Oregon’s John Kitzhaber joined an initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.</p><p>The governors met in Sacramento, to sign a joint memorandum to purchase more electronic vehicles, or E-V’s, increase infrastructure, and offer financial incentives. U.S. electric car sales more than tripled in 2012. Oregon’s Chief E-V Officer, Ashley Horvat says the state has more fast chargers than any other who has them, and that’s helping E-V sales.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 23:56:10 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 1896 at http://klcc.org Oregon Governor Joins Initiative To Put More Zero-Emission Vehicles On The Road A Woman's Quest To Prove Coding Is More Than Nerdy http://klcc.org/post/womans-quest-prove-coding-more-nerdy <p>It&rsquo;s a no-brainer that you have to be able to use a computer to get most jobs today. Public schools in Eugene encourage students to use technology as an educational tool. Kiki Prottsman is a local woman who hopes to inspire young people to become more than just users.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Lucy Ohlsen 1209 at http://klcc.org A Woman's Quest To Prove Coding Is More Than Nerdy