Oregon May Be Over-Hunting Cougars — Which Could Cause More Conflicts


A hiker's death led to calls for a cougar cull. But a growing body of research suggests that aggressive killing can lead to more problem encounters with humans, not less.

Cougar Hunting Debates Find New Life After Oregon Hiker's Death


The most effective way to hunt cougars is with dogs. Hound hunting has been banned in Oregon for over twenty years, but a fatal cougar attack has reignited the debate.

Oregon Students Get Up Close And Personal With Intertidal Creatures


We follow a team of students from the University of Oregon's Institute of Marine Biology as they pry up rocks and wiggle into tight crevices in search of specimens for the Smithsonian Institution.

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Portland Lab Creates Paper Replacements For Plastic Packaging

Swedish paper company BillerudKorsnäs tests out alternatives to plastic packaging at its design lab in Portland.

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Siletz Bay Crab Clinic Makes Ocean-To-Table Easy … Sort Of

Bill Lackner holds free clamming and crabbing clinics on Siletz Bay every summer. We tag along and see how it's done.

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Can Genome Sequencing Help Northwest Orcas Recover?

Could genome sequencing help save a declining population of  Pacific Northwest orcas?

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The Search Is On For Every Bee Species In Oregon

No one knows just what bee species live in Oregon, which means we can’t even begin to track if they’re declining. A statewide project wants to change that.

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Why Many Northwest Animals And Plants Need Wildfire

Not all wildfire is a force of destruction. Many of our favorite Northwest plants and animals have evolved to depend on it.

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New Tech Makes Scientific Data Cheaper And Easier To Secure

The miniaturization of technology and some clever new machines mean scientists are now getting lots of data — sometimes delivered via phone to the comfort of an office chair.

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Would You Lock Yourself In A Box Of Smog — For Science?

If you could teleport inside a polluted box to save lives, would you?

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Long Odds Confront Those Hunting Cougar That Killed Oregon Hiker

How do you know you've caught the right cougar? Bad weather and difficult conditions slow the hunt for a cougar thought to have killed a hiker in Oregon.

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A Fire-Filled Future Could Lead To More Smoke-Related Deaths

Deaths related to air pollution from wildfires could double by the end of the century, according to newly published research into the links between climate change, wildfires and human health.

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OSU Tries To Answer Why Mount St. Helens Isn't Where It Should Be

For years, scientists have wondered why Mount St. Helens is out of line with other volcanoes on the Pacific Northwest’s ring-of-fire. Oregon State University scientists think they now have the answer.

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