On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $788 billion defense spending bill. In addition to giving the Pentagon a boost in funding, the bill has money for veterans programs and, more controversially, a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, voted for […]
July 28, 2017 4:04 pm
As of yesterday, Bob Stevens has one less hat to wear. Stevens is the county’s director of General Services and in 2015 was appointed as the first ever deputy county manager under the Clark County Home Rule Charter. Under the charter, the county manager must designate a “qualified” county employee as his or her deputy […]
July 27, 2017 3:35 pm
Researchers in Portland have reportedly become the first group in the U.S. to create genetically modified human embryos. MIT Technology Review reports that an OHSU team led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov changed the DNA of a large number of one-cell embryos. Mitalipov declined to comment on the results, which are pending publication. OHSU wouldn’t confirm either, […]
July 27, 2017 3:02 pm
A newly announced case study shows that a 9-year-old child diagnosed with HIV as a 1-month-old and treated during infancy remains in remission some eight years after the drug regimen ended. Researchers announced this week that the South African child received anti-HIV treatment as an infant and has suppressed the virus without any additional drugs […]
July 27, 2017 1:57 pm
Are you carrying a lot of extra body fat? Although our society as a whole tends to fat-shame, the good news is some evidence suggests that fitness is more important that fatness, as the primary factor in reducing someone’s risk for developing various health problems. The message is this….. …..fitness is very important whether you’re […]
July 26, 2017 11:12 am
Led by Columbian All-Region player of the year Brody Barnum, 15 Clark County players were honored by the Washington State Baseball Coaches Assocation by being placed on its 2017 all-state teams. Players of the year were not selected, nor were teams divided into first or second teams. There were 43 players on the Class 4A […]
July 25, 2017 12:36 pm
Caesar salad is a snap to make at home, and knowing how to make a good Caesar dressing is something everyone should know. Put a hot twist on your Caesar with this Spicy Caesar Salad recipe from Cat Cora. Using mayonnaise in the dressing not only speeds things up, but also eliminates the […]
July 23, 2017 8:19 pm
With warmer weather and sunnier skies comes the temptation for both humans and felines to bask in its welcome arrival. And that means windows thrown open and doors left ajar. But for cat owners living in buildings of two stories and more – beware. Why? Because lurking in the light is a dark threat that’s […]
July 23, 2017 6:00 am
On Friday, the Washington Elections Division released the first numbers on returned ballots for the primary election, which ends August 1. So far, 12,097 of Clark County’s voters or 4.9 percent have cast their ballots. At the state level, that number is at 222,551 or 5.8 percent. The county has 245,560 registered voters while the […]
July 21, 2017 6:12 pm
Hello Dr. Universe: I was wondering, how does an eclipse happen?
– Susan, 13, San Francisco, CA
It just so happens the Great American Eclipse is coming up on Aug. 21, 2017. This solar eclipse will be the only one visible from across the lower 48 states in nearly a hundred years. When it happens, parts of the country will experience darkness for a couple minutes during the day.
It seems prime time to answer your question. My friend Guy Worthey, an astronomer at Washington State University, was happy to help out.
“Do you have a little brother or sister? And … » More …
July 21, 2017 9:28 am
Inmates in one Tennessee county are having their sentences reduced in exchange for undergoing vasectomies or receiving long-term birth control. Jail inmates in White County, Tenn., can receive 30 days off of their sentence if they undergo a birth control procedure. The judge who signed the order said it’s a way for inmates to take […]
July 20, 2017 3:16 pm
Hey Vancouver, relax. An analysis by WalletHub of the most stressed cities across the country ranked Vancouver as No. 54. That makes Couv residents less stressed than people living in Tacoma (No. 51) but more stressed than those in Spokane (No. 77), Portland (No. 89) and Seattle (No. 119). WalletHub compared a sample of the […]
July 20, 2017 1:12 pm
Dear Dr. Universe: I would like to find out how ants are so strong. How is it possible that they can carry weight that is heavier than themselves?
Ants are pretty good little weightlifters. My friend Rich Zack, a scientist at Washington State University who studies insects, knows a lot about ants. One kind of ant that he has studied can carry up to 20 times its own weight.
Ants don’t have special muscles that give them super strength. In fact, their muscles are actually quite a bit like the muscles of other animals.
Zack explained that we often think … » More …
July 20, 2017 10:53 am
Most people think exercise is a chore and can’t wait until it’s over. Others can’t even find the motivation to get started and wonder how others can find any joy in Running, Bootcamps or Yoga. The key to sticking to any fitness program is finding an activity that you enjoy enough to do regularly – […]
July 18, 2017 5:05 pm
Although frightened felines may lash out at a person for a variety of reasons, there ARE advance warning signs before the actual attack: from widely opened eyes and dilated pupils, flattened ears and lashing tails to agitated meows, growls and snarls and hissing, even spitting. As to the WHY’S of this behavior, the following are […]
July 16, 2017 6:00 am
Why can’t we just print a bunch of money to make everyone rich?
– Daniel, 8
It sure sounds like a nice idea. Print a bunch of money and everyone gets rich. We could buy anything we wanted. Ah, if only it were that easy. It turns out printing more money would have a much different outcome than we might like to imagine.
That’s what I found out when I went to visit my friend Robby Rosenman, an economist at Washington State University. He was happy to help with your question.
He said the money that we have in the United States … » More …
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July 14, 2017 2:05 pm
Peach season is here and this 3-Ingredient Pesto-Grilled Chicken with Peaches is THE answer for what you should be eating right this minute. This recipe, from Epicurious, is a quick grab-and-go dinner you can make on a moment’s notice. Pick up chicken, store-bought pesto, and some juicy, sweet peaches and you’re set. Serve […]
July 14, 2017 10:38 am
Hummingbird Cake is not made with hummingbirds. It’s a classic Southern recipe that is similar to a piece cake or carrot cake. Hummingbird Cake is a party of wonderful flavors; banana, applesauce, pineapple, coconut, nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon. Add cream cheese frosting and you’ll be instantly saying “thank y’all so much for the hospitality.” Hummingbird Cake […]
July 14, 2017 7:00 am
The number one reason clients consult with us is to help them manage their weight. Americans are getting unhealthier each year. Health-related disease such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disorders, and various forms of cancer are at an all-time high. We must consider the effect of excess weight on our joints and backs, not to mention […]
July 12, 2017 4:11 pm
Why do people grow hair under their nose? Why does it grow down instead of up?
–Riley, 11, Prior Lake, MN
Humans have hair all over their bodies, including above the upper lip. Of course, not all hair is quite the same. A lot of people have very fine hairs on their faces. Others can sprout a thick beard or mustache.
Cats don’t have mustaches, but we do have whiskers. In fact, hair is one of the things mammals have in common. Even dolphins have it. Hair can help keep us warm and protected from the elements.
Human hairs sprout from tiny … » More …
July 10, 2017 3:24 pm