Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Rachael McDonald

The need for internet access is one of the issues brought to light by the coronavirus pandemic. Efforts are underway to make internet more reliable for a rural Oregon community affected by wildfire.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The official website for the Lane County government is now restored, following an outage that began last Thursday.


Rachael McDonald

Five months after the Holiday Farm Fire sparked on Labor Day, many of the residents of the upper McKenzie River valley are still without reliable internet access or phones. 



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Lane County’s official website is unavailable for the indeterminable future.  It went down around 1:00pm Thursday.

Jade Walksalong

Native American tribes across Oregon are seeing enhanced broadband connectivity, thanks to federal assistance.  The timing benefits operations hurt by the pandemic.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Nearly four months after the Holiday Farm Fire blazed through the McKenzie River Corridor, a telecommunications company says it’s restored phone, internet, and television services for customers.

Neranjana Manoharan / Unsplash

A discount for phone or high-speed internet service has been extended for qualifying Oregonians.

Karen Richards

Since 2018, Oregon State University has relied on hundreds of citizen scientists to collect wild bees. Researchers think there are about 600 native bee species in Oregon, but they need expert help to find them. Now, OSU Extension has created a Master Melittologist program. Based on the Master Gardener format, it’s the first of its kind.

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During the Springfield City Council work session Monday, councilors listened to presentations about increasing electric voltage downtown and expanding fiber optic internet.

Electric service upgrades would impact existing downtown businesses and property owners. According to city documents, some of these buildings use decades old services, which may no longer be adequate to support current property owners without substantial investment.

Karen Richards

Since mid-July, comet NEOWISE, named for the ‘Near Earth Object’ explorer that found it, has been visible after sunset. This week a local astronomer admired it from College Hill in Eugene. 


The University of Oregon is host to a special sanitization facility, developed by an Ohio company.  It's just one of three in the Pacific Northwest region, currently.

Frequent use of marijuana by young adults may drive up risk-taking. That’s from a new study by Oregon State University.

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Improvements to sustainability efforts at Lane Community College could involve students searching for bird carcasses around the campus.

Karen Richards

On the outskirts of the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, there’s a wave research lab, where two giant concrete basins can simulate the impacts of big waves. KLCC learned about some of the current research. 

Zack Marlow-McCarthy

The Volcanic Listening Project features a group of scientists and artists who transform volcanic data into music. It works through a process called sonification, where mathematical algorithms turn plots on a graph into sound.

KLCC’s Melorie Begay caught up with a violin playing volcanologist in Eugene who’s highlighting Mount Kīlauea in this audio postcard.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

A Springfield native turned astrophysicist is excited for newly-released data on the Parker Solar Probe.

Photo courtesy of Oregon Coast Aquarium

A recent study by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) found a 10,000 percent increase in purple sea urchins over the past five years. The spike threatens the Oregon coast kelp beds and diversity.

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Improved forecasts and warnings of tsunamis are the goal of university scientists in the Pacific Northwest.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Compared to babies and dogs, cats are often seen as more aloof and detached from their caregivers.  But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the bond between human and feline is purr-fectly tight.


The U.S. Geological Survey is giving more money to the University of Oregon to fund its work on an early earthquake warning system for the west coast.

Junction City

Oregon lawmakers have signed off on a plan to keep most of the state in daylight saving time year-round.

It's an innovative way to help solve problems for local groups: Put 200 people in a room and let them work for three days straight, competing to create the best solutions. Eugene's “Hack for a Cause," kicks off Friday evening.


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The USDA says it’s officially ending a controversial experiment that involves kittens. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Oregon lawmakers and animal welfare advocates are delighted.

Tiffany Eckert

After nine days, some McKenzie Bridge residents are seeing the first flickers of electricity following a power outage caused by last week’s snow storm.  For some, the loss of power created a serious risk. But for those river inhabitants secure with “the basics” to survive (warmth, water, food,) some found hidden joys in letting go of extras and just taking it easy.

A new license plate featuring a gray whale and her calf will be available in Oregon as of February 1st. Sales will help fund whale research.

University of Kiel

The next generation of high-tech adhesives may get a jump-start from the science behind sticky frog tongues. New research led by Oregon State University’s College of Engineering finds the chemical makeup of frog mucus could guide design for glues used in mechanics and medicine.

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A groundbreaking spacecraft has also just broken a record.  NASA says the Parker Solar Probe is “alive and well” after skirting by the sun at a distance of 15 million miles…closer than any other craft, including Helios B in 1976.

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Emotionally or mentally distressed residents in Benton County now have access to a 24-7 service.

Recorded On: October 26, 2018

Air Date: October 29, 2018

Did you ever pull an all-nighter?   Members of the tech community still do.  They spend 48 hours over a weekend using their expertise, creative solutions for local organizations.   Groups who have benefited from this effort include NAACP, Parenting Now!, Egan Warming Center, Trans*Ponder and White Bird Clinic.

Heather Knight OSU

As part of their 150th Anniversary Celebration, Oregon State University is hosting a free, day-long symposium Tuesday on “the promise and peril of artificial intelligence and robotics.”