The Washington University in St. Louis (WUST) was founded in 1853 in St. Louis, Missouri. WUST is a private non-sectarian university with undergraduate and graduate schools, a medical school and institutes. WUST has 22 Nobel Laureates affiliated with the university throughout its history. The student body is approximately 13,000 students. WUST has a $4 to $5 billion endowment and has a very high rating for research. The medical school is ranked 3rd in the nation and overall the entire university is ranked in the top 50 of all private universities world-wide. The Graduate School of Design and Architecture is rated in the top five in comparable schools world-wide.
New device better traps viruses, airborne pathogens
(Phys.org)—Washington University engineering researchers have created a new type of air-cleaning technology that could better protect human lungs from allergens, airborne viruses and ultrafine particles in the air.
Turning plants into power houses
(PhysOrg.com) -- "I have a slide that has a photo of a cornfield and a big photovoltaic array," says Robert Blankenship, a scientist who studies photosynthesis at Washington University in St. Louis. "When I give talks I often ...
Super-tiger backgrounder: The case of the cosmic rays
(Phys.org)—Grade-school science teachers sometimes hand out "mystery boxes" containing ramps, barriers and a loose marble. By rotating the boxes and feeling the marble hang up or drop, the students try to deduce what's ...
An overlooked detail may invalidate the results of some prior experiments with nanoparticles
(PhysOrg.com) -- As any bench scientist will tell you, experimental design can be the very devil. Try as one might, it can be difficult to recognize, much less eliminate, the many extraneous factors that might bias an experiment. ...
A guide star lets scientists see deep into human tissue
Astronomers have a neat trick they sometimes use to compensate for the turbulence of the atmosphere that blurs images made by ground-based telescopes. They create an artificial star called a guide star and use its twinkling ...
Taking the temperature of the ancient earth
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new technique has allowed scientists to pin down the timing of ancient glaciations, linking them more firmly to two bursts of extinction.
Tomb of Maya queen K'abel discovered in Guatemala
(Phys.org)—Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered the tomb of Lady K'abel, a seventh-century Maya Holy Snake Lord considered one of the great queens of Classic Maya civilization.
How plants sense touch, gravity and other physical forces
(PhysOrg.com) -- At the bottom of plants' ability to sense touch, gravity or a nearby trellis are mechanosensitive channels, pores through the cells' plasma membrane that are opened and closed by the deformation of the membrane. ...
Walking in the footsteps of 19th and 20th century naturalists
Are plant-pollinator networks holding together as the insects and plants in the network are jostled by climate change and habitat loss?
Cheating—and getting away with it: Gene allows amoebae to pass on more than their fair share of their genes
We would all like to believe that there is a kind of karma in life that guarantees those who cheat eventually pay for their bad behavior, if not immediately, then somewhere down the line. But a study of a new gene in the ...