Science & Technology

PNNL chemical engineer Jian Liu observes laboratory equipment used to extract rare earth elements from various water sources. This magnetic separation loop system works in tandem with tiny, magnetic particles that are added to the water, quickly drawing out the element for easy extraction. (Courtesy Andrea Starr of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

PNNL patents method of extracting lithium from water

The alchemists of yore sought to convert low-value lead into high-value gold. A solution to that puzzle remains elusive, but...

Q&A with Isaac Garcia

Isaac Garcia Isaac Garcia System Architect and Owner Applied Automation IT Number of employees you oversee: 4 Brief background of...
Jillian Legard, a lab supervisor for the Benton-Franklin Health District, tests
water samples for algae blooms. (Courtesy Benton-Franklin Health District)

Toxic algae testing stays local, thanks to new equipment

By Amanda Mason For the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business Toxic algae can no longer hide in plain sight. The...

Tri-City area STEM sector is both rich and poor

The greater Tri-Cities is rich with STEM jobs. The chart, taken from the Vitals of the Association of Washington Business...
Randy Affholter, head football coach for Kennewick High School, stands next to some of the football helmets he has in stock. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Tech innovations improve high school athletics, from football helmets to stadium lighting

Science and technology have made many things better when it comes to sports. And they will continue to do so...

Phones, medical alert devices may need updating with end of 3G

Over the course of the pandemic, using technology to connect with family and friends was a lifeline for so many,...
Courtesy LIGO Hanford Observatory

LIGO science center construction nears completion

Completion of the $7.7 million LIGO Exploration Center, called LExC, is on track to be completed by the end of...

Q&A with Douglas Mans

Director, Environmental Molecular Sciences Division and EMSL Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Douglas Mans Employees you oversee: 168 What is the...

STEM jobs have grown, but largely due to health care sector

Growth has been a common refrain in the Tri-Cities over the past decade. Population has climbed, as Benton-Franklin Trends laid...

Science & Technology Briefs – August 2021

Hanford talk focuses on salmon, sturgeon Salmon, sturgeon and more are the topic of the Aug. 25 edition of the...

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