Science

Rocky Mountain Labs
1:48 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Hamilton's Rocky Mountain Labs researchers help crack a viral mystery

Transmission electron micrograph of novel coronavirus particles, colorized in yellow.
Credit NIAID/RML

U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases scientists say a drug combination may prove useful in treating an emerging respiratory virus that's proven fatal outside the United States.

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Native Fisheries
2:11 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Warming water posing a threat to native trout

Bull Trout.
Credit Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS / USFWS

Scientists are studying the effects of global climate change from the peaks to the valley floors in Glacier Park.

They’re also looking in the water.

Fisheries Ecologist Clint Muhlfeld with the US Geological Survey said native west slope cutthroat and bull trout are adaptable, they’ve been adapting to environmental changes for thousands of years.’

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Climate change
2:24 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

A changing climate impacting birds?

The "Shifting Skies" report
Credit National Wildlife Federation

A new report finds a variety of birds are - and likely will be well into the future - facing significant climate-related challenges.

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The value of exercise
11:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Getting older doesn't necessarily mean you have to feel old

Brent Ruby

A University of Montana professor appeared before the annual convention of the American College of Sports Medicine this week to discuss a study on a remarkable group of cyclists .
      Brent Ruby is the director of the Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism. Ruby and his colleagues research how people respond to various forms of stresses and how dietary and training strategies can help us better prepare to deal with stress. Ruby's a lifelong athlete who says he's always nurtured a passion for science.

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Old Faithful area's plumbing
2:15 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

In Yellowstone sometimes it's what they don't know that matters most

Old Faithful
Credit National Park Service

Scientists and others will gather in Yellowstone National Park for three days early next week to discuss what they know about the geothermal system in the Old Faithful area. The meeting will take place at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and will be open to the public.

In this evening's feature story, Edward O'Brien speaks with Yellowstone National Park Geologist, Dr. Hank Heasler(that's pronounced HESS'-ler), about this conference and what scientists know - or perhaps more to the point - don't know about the Old Faithful area's geothermal system.

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Streamflow forecasts
10:38 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Snowpack and NASA drought monitoring tool

Members of the Clark Fork River Task Force met in Missoula this week to discuss water supply and climate condition forecasts for this year.  In short the  hydrologists,  drought experts and others say the recent cool and wet spell has been an important counter-balance for the basin that's experienced several warm spells. Northwest Montana has plenty of moisture at the moment.  Southwest Montana - just like last year - is most at risk for dry conditions this summer. Edward O'Brien speaks with University of Montana School of Forestry and Conservation's Dr.

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Breast Cancer
12:18 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

The genetic mutations behind breast cancer

Dr. Melissa Hulvat

    The actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy as a way to prevent getting breast cancer, and her choice to make that decision public, have shed light on the rare genetic mutation she has that can cause breast and ovarian cancer. It has also prompted a flood of inquiries from women about the mutation - who's at risk, and what their choices are if they have it.To learn more, News Director Sally Mauk recently spoke with breast cancer surgeon Dr. Melissa Hulvat who is Director of the Bass Breast Center at Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Dr.

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CWD's prevalence
11:10 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Chronic Wasting Disease Part II

As we reported yesterday, Chronic Wasting Disease continues its push towards western Wyoming's winter elk feedgrounds and Yellowstone National Park.
     In part one of Edward O'Brien's feature interview, Dr. Bruce  Smith explained the science behind CWD.
     In short, it's a terrible, infectious disease that slowly saps the life from whitetail and mule deer, elk and even moose. There is no known vaccine or treatment, animals do not develop immunities to it and it's 100-percent fatal.

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C.W.D's impact
2:27 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Chronic Wasting Disease in Wyoming continues its push north and west

Chronic Wasting Disease is creeping closer to western Wyoming's winter elk feedgrounds and Yellowstone National Park.
     A retired U.S Fish and Wildlife Service biologist says this is something the public and policy-makers must pay close attention to.
      Dr. Bruce Smith is a former senior biologist at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming and author of "Where Elk Roam: Conservation and Biopolitics of Our National Elk Herd."

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MT Wildlife
9:41 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Despite increasing population, Feds want wolverine on endangered list

Credit Photo courtesy Marie Hale/Flickr

  Montana wildlife officials last week expressed their formal opposition to a proposal from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the wolverine on the Endangered Species List.

The Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks filed the letter by the end of the proposal’s public comment period last Monday.

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