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Dr. Universe | Evergreen trees

Why are evergreen trees green all year? – Emily, 10, Silverdale, Wash. Dear Emily, Whenever I go for a hike in the woods, I can’t help but admire the tall evergreen trees. No matter what time of year it is, the pines,... — Updated 12/24/2019


Dr. Universe | Why do we have eyebrows?

Why do we have eyebrows? -Zach, 11, Kettle Falls, Wash. Dear Zach, Humans have hair on their heads, arms, and as you mention, even the face. If you feel your face, you might feel some small, fuzzy hairs on your cheeks and... — Updated 11/20/2019


Ask Dr. Universe | Why are dogs important to humans?

Dr. Universe: Why are dogs important to humans? -Stephani R., 9, Washington State  Dear Stephani, Dogs are important to humans in all kinds of ways. The connection between the two goes back thousands of years. A long time ago,... — Updated 11/13/2019


How does climate change affect our lives? | Ask Dr. Universe

Dear Dr. Universe, What exactly is climate change? How does it affect the way we live? Pranav, 10, Melbourne, Florida Dear Pranav, If you’re anything like me, one of the first things you'll do in the morning is check the weat... — Updated 5/3/2017


What’s blood and why do we have it? | Ask Dr. Universe

Dear Dr. Universe, Why do we have blood? Where does it come from? Norelle, Olympia Dear Norelle, Our bodies have many living parts, like skin, muscle, brain and bones. Blood helps keep these parts alive and healthy. The system... — Updated 4/26/2017


Do ladybugs live through the winter? | Ask Dr. Universe

Dear Dr. Universe, How do ladybugs survive the winter? Are ladybugs we see in spring several years old or did they just hatch? Are they worms before they are beetles? Tanya, Pullman Dear Tanya, You know it’s springtime when... — Updated 4/19/2017


Ask Dr. Universe

Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education column from Washington State University written by Dr. Wendy Sue Universe, a curious cat who investigates questions about our world. Send in... — Updated 4/5/2017


Is it just me or is science getting harder? | Ask Dr. Universe

Dear Dr. Universe, Does science get harder every year, or is that just me? Keegun, 13, Eastern Washington Dear Keegun, We’ve got about three pounds of brain in our heads that help us look for answers and solve all kinds of... — Updated 4/5/2017 Full story


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