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Bears feast on fats, reveal health insights

Grizzlies show no clinical signs of disease following short-term consumption of saturated fats, but scientists question long-term health By Natalie Sopinka, Communications Coordinator, Canadian Science…

Measuring the mighty bear sense of smell

“The bear’s sense of smell is the stuff of legend,” said Heiko Jansen, associate professor of integrative physiology and neuroscience at WSU. “Stories abound about…

Bears take a break, but research continues

This summer, the WSU bears sported some new accessories: energy-monitoring collars. But a few weeks ago, those collars came off for the winter. “We put…

Bears on a treadmill: for science, not exercise

The WSU Bear Center has a treadmill, but it’s not exercise equipment to get in shape. It's helping scientists learn more about how much energy…

Studying fat production and circadian rhythms in grizzlies

WSU researchers are studying bears' fat cells to figure out how they can 'switch' on and off from what would be a diabetic state in…

Scientific bling on WSU bears

Several of our bears at the WSU Bear Center have some new brightly colored jewelry: energy-monitoring collars. The collars will collect vital information from the…

Into the Alaskan wilderness to help coastal bears

WSU graduate student Joy Erlenbach is spending her summer in Alaska's Katmai National Park on a bear research project. Read her account of the work…

Life in the fat lane

Hibernating bears have evolved to add as much fat as possible each fall so they can survive several months without eating, and WSU researchers are…

WSU bears off to a walking start

The WSU Bear Center has a treadmill that will be used to measure the energy cost for various activities, including lying, sitting, standing and walking.

Grizzly bears use tools?

A study done by researchers at WSU’s Bear Center demonstrates grizzlies' ability to use simple tools.
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