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Media coverage highlights

National Geographic -

Why giant Antarctic sea spiders are surprisingly good dads

Any schoolkid will tell you seahorse dads carry their babies. But sea spiders? There are 1,500 species of these long, spindly-legged denizens, found in oceans worldwide, and most are doting fathers that care for their unborn young. They range from tiny creatures roaming intertidal pools to behemoths stalking the polar depths.


Oregon tide pools struggle to cope with climate change, study shows

Ocean life found in Oregon and Northern California’s tide pools is struggling to recover from a 15-year heat wave brought on by climate change, a new study conducted by Oregon State University researchers shows.

Oregon Public Broadcasting -

The promising potential of using iron instead of scarce metals in batteries

Iron is one of the cheapest and most abundant metals on the planet, unlike nickel and cobalt, which are used in lithium-ion batteries to power electric vehicles, and ubiquitous devices, from mobile phones to laptops. Oregon State University chemistry researcher Xiulei “David” Ji is an author of a new study that shows iron can be used to replace metals that are scarce, expensive and can be environmentally damaging to extract.

Mind Body Green -

The Underrated Link Between Gut Health & Vitamin D

While vitamin D is widely recognized for maintaining a balanced mood and robust immune function, emerging studies highlight its crucial influence on gut health and the beneficial bacteria within.

Ag Information Network -

Hops helps dementia

Dr. Adrian Gombart, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University is researching the benefits that hops and a derivative in hops called xanthohumol, can help fight metabolic syndrome affecting an estimated 35% of U.S. adults.

Cosmos -

Iron cathodes could slash costs, sustainability issues

Chemists are suggesting a relatively abundant metal could hold the key to more sustainable battery technology amid the intense demand for resources by industries in the green energy transition.

New York Post -

This cheap, widely available element could be the key to affordable electric cars

I-ron, not so far away.

A future where electric cars are cheaper, safer and more sustainable is coming — and affordable, easily obtained iron is the key, scientists say.

A team of researchers hopes to ignite the next green revolution by demonstrating that the extremely ordinary element — rather than rare, expensive cobalt and nickel — can be used to construct the cathode in lithium-ion batteries.

Interesting Engineering -

Iron cathodes make lithium batteries cheaper, safer, more sustainable

Scientists have recently developed a new type of cathode material using iron to make lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. This would replace the more expensive and scarce metals such as cobalt and nickel and pave the way for cheaper, safer, and more sustainable batteries with higher energy densities.

Technology Networks -

Iron Could Be Key to Cheaper, Greener Lithium-Ion Batteries

A collaboration co-led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher is hoping to spark a green battery revolution by showing that iron instead of cobalt and nickel can be used as a cathode material in lithium-ion batteries.

Phys -

Research explores ways to mitigate the environmental toxicity of ubiquitous silver nanoparticles

Despite the ubiquity of silver nanoparticles, little is known about their environmental toxicity or how it might be mitigated. Researchers at Oregon State University have taken a key step toward closing the knowledge gap with a study that indicates the particles' shape and surface chemistry play key roles in how they affect aquatic ecosystems.

The New York Times -

U.S. Plan to Protect Oceans Has a Problem, Some Say: Too Much Fishing

“Saying that these areas that are touted to be for biodiversity conservation should also do double duty for fishing as well, especially highly impactful gears that are for large-scale commercial take, there’s just a cognitive dissonance there,” said Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, a marine biologist at Oregon State University who led a group of scientists that in 2021 published a guide for evaluating marine protected areas.

Dirty Blue -

New discovery! A magenta pigment based on moon material!?

A video focused on a new magenta pigment discovery from Oregon State.

Mongabay -

Annual ocean conference raises $11.3b in pledges for marine conservation

From April 15-17, state delegates, organization representatives, academics and philanthropists met at the 9th Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Athens to discuss the protection of the world’s oceans and pledge actions to safeguard their future. College of Science marine ecologists Kirsten Grorud-Colvert and Jenna Sullivan-Stack presented at the conference about the importance of highly protected marine areas.

International Paint&Coating Magazine -

Researchers Developed Moon-Inspired Magenta Pigments for Energy-Efficient Coatings

A group of researchers from the Oregon State University has recently published a new study illustrating how it has developed durable chromium-based reddish magenta pigments inspired by lunar mineralogy and ancient Egyptian chemistry, which can be employed during the manufacturing process of energy-efficient coatings for vehicles and buildings.

SpecialChem -

Researchers Develop Chromium-based Magenta Pigments for Energy-efficient Coatings

An Oregon State University researcher develops durable, reddish magentas inspired by lunar mineralogy and ancient Egyptian chemistry. The new pigments can be used as energy-efficient coatings for vehicles and buildings. The pigments are based on divalent chromium - Cr2+. “To date, no earth-based mineral has been reported to contain chromium in the divalent state as one of the components,” said Mas Subramanian, the Milton Harris professor of Materials Science in the OSU College of Science.

Science Magazine -

Deadly marine ‘cold spells’ could become more frequent with climate change, scientists warn

“This kind of a phenomenon is certainly not something that I’ve ever been aware of,” said Oregon State University marine ecologist Bruce Menge, who studies how currents shape coastal ecosystems but was not involved in the fish kill research, published today in Nature Climate Change.

Missoula Current -

OSU scientists discover metal that can remove CO2 from air

Oregon State University scientists studying ways to filter greenhouse gases from the air recently discovered that when molecules of the metal vanadium are bound with oxygen molecules as peroxide, they can pull carbon dioxide from the air.

Oregon Capital Chronicle -

Oregon State University scientists discover metal capable of removing carbon dioxide from air

A metal found in the Earth’s crust could be used to attract and remove climate-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Oregon State University scientists studying ways to filter greenhouse gases from the air recently discovered that when molecules of the metal vanadium are bound with oxygen molecules as peroxide, they can pull carbon dioxide from the air. May Nyman, the Oregon State chemistry professor who led the research, said vanadium and peroxide could be used in filters behind industrial fans to trap the carbon dioxide.

KTVZ News -

OSU researchers make key advance toward removing pesticide from groundwater

Scientists led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher are closing in on a new tool for tackling the global problem of weedkiller-tainted groundwater.

Science Daily -

Key advance toward removing common herbicide from groundwater

Kyriakos Stylianou of the OSU College of Science led an international team that identified a material known as a metal-organic framework, or MOF, that showed an ability to completely remove, and also break down, the oft-used herbicide glyphosate.