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Visiting astronomer at UW part of ‘Styrofoam’ planet discovery

Visiting astronomer at UW part of ‘Styrofoam’ planet discovery

David James, a visiting scientist with the University of Washington Department of Astronomy, assisted in the just-announced Lehigh University-led discovery of an exoplanet 320 light-years away with a density so light it is being called a “Styrofoam planet.”

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Where you live may impact how much you drink

Where you live may impact how much you drink

Neighborhoods with greater poverty and disorganization may play a greater role in problem drinking than the availability of bars and stores that sell hard liquor, a University of Washington-led study has found.

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Seattle seawall is a potential model for the world

Seattle seawall is a potential model for the world

The first segment of the new seawall along Seattle’s Elliott Bay is nearly complete, stretching north from the Colman Dock to the Seattle Aquarium. The new seawall includes habitat features that protect and encourage young salmon to migrate along the shore, while still allowing for normal waterfront commerce and activity.

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Earth’s atmosphere more reactive in cold climates

Earth’s atmosphere more reactive in cold climates

A University of Washington study published May 18 in the journal Nature finds that during large climate swings, oxidants shift in a different direction than researchers had expected, which means they need to rethink what controls these chemicals in our air.

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