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Astronomy fellowship demonstrates effective measures to dismantle bias, increase diversity in STEM

Joyce Yen of the University of Washington worked with the Heising-Simons Foundation to dismantle bias and promote diversity in a prominent grant that the Foundation awards to postdoctoral researchers. Here, Yen shares the ways bias can work against...
4-Dec-2019 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Warmer temperatures will increase arsenic levels in rice, study shows

University of Washington researchers have found that warmer temperatures, at levels expected under most climate change projections, can lead to higher concentrations of arsenic in rice grains.
4-Dec-2019 3:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database

Researchers have created the first comprehensive database of all the wildfire fuels that have been measured across North America. Ultimately, it can help scientists make more informed decisions about fire and smoke situations.
4-Dec-2019 10:50 AM EST Add to Favorites

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For some corals, meals can come with a side of microplastics

A new experiment by the University of Washington has found that some corals are more likely to eat microplastics when they are consuming other food, yet microplastics alone are undesirable.
3-Dec-2019 2:50 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Carpentry Compiler helps woodworkers design objects that they can actually make

UW researchers have created Carpentry Compiler, a digital tool that allows users to design woodworking projects. Once a project is designed, the tool creates optimized fabrication instructions based on the materials and equipment a user has...
2-Dec-2019 3:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

A method with roots in AI uncovers how humans make choices in groups and social media

Using a mathematical framework with roots in artificial intelligence and robotics, UW researchers were able to uncover the process for how a person makes choices in groups. And, they also found they were able to predict a person’s choice more...
27-Nov-2019 2:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Dads in prison can bring poverty, instability for families on the outside

A new University of Washington study finds that families with a father in prison tend to live in neighborhoods with higher poverty.
26-Nov-2019 3:45 PM EST Add to Favorites

Diabetes course inspires healthy choices in high-schoolers

UW Medicine's genome sciences team creates curriculum that makes information personal to youths. It's being tested in 50 classrooms.
22-Nov-2019 6:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


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