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Forest loss in one part of US can harm trees on the opposite coast

Forest loss in one part of US can harm trees on the opposite coast

Large swaths of U.S. forests are vulnerable to drought, forest fires and disease. Many local impacts of forest loss are well known: drier soils, stronger winds, increased erosion, loss of shade and habitat. But if a whole forest disappears, new research shows, this has ricocheting effects in the atmosphere that can affect vegetation on the other side of the country.

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Born of protest: OMA&D celebrates a half-century

Born of protest: OMA&D celebrates a half-century

It was spring 1968. A group of students occupied the University of Washington administration building calling for change: justice, diversity, agency for Blacks on campus. The campus protests would pay off by planting the seeds of what today is the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D), considered a national leader in supporting underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged students, and students who are the first in their families to attend college. That office now is celebrating a half-century of service.

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The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

Engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time cut the cord and added a brain, allowing their RoboFly to take its first independent flaps.

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Orbital variations can trigger ‘snowball’ states in habitable zones

Orbital variations can trigger ‘snowball’ states in habitable zones

Aspects of an otherwise Earthlike planet’s tilt and orbital dynamics can severely affect its potential habitability — even triggering abrupt “snowball states” where oceans freeze and surface life is impossible, according to new research from astronomers at the University of Washington.

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Months after Hurricane Maria, thousands in rural Puerto Rico still lack electricity. In partnership with local communities, UW researchers are working to restore their power.

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