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December 7, 2012

Crowdsourcing site compiles new sign language for math and science

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The ASL-STEM Forum is a crowdsourcing project, similar to Wikipedia or the Urban Dictionary, that creates a new sign language for the latest scientific and technical terms.

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Greenland ice sheet carries evidence of increased atmospheric acidity

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Research suggests rising atmospheric acidity is probably why levels of the isotope nitrogen-15 in Greenland ice samples dropped around the time of the Industrial Revolution.

December 6, 2012

Arts Roundup: Art, plays, the University Symphony — and ‘Pippin’ continues

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The University Symphony and the Undergraduate Theater Society’s popular production of “Pippin” lead this week’s busy UW arts schedule.

Moths wired two ways to take advantage of floral potluck

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Moths are able to enjoy a pollinator’s buffet of flowers because of two distinct “channels” in their brains, scientists have discovered.

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Tipsy? UW expert’s tips for reining in holiday drinking

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The omnipresence of alcohol at holiday gatherings and the social ease that a little buzz provides make it hard to limit ourselves. UW’s Dennis Donovan offers advice for how to drink moderately, and treatment approaches he’s used with people recovering from alcohol problems.

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December 4, 2012

Crowdsourcing the cosmos: Astronomers welcome all to identify star clusters in Andromeda galaxy

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Astronomers are inviting the public to search Hubble Space Telescope images of the Andromeda galaxy to help identify star clusters and increase understanding of how galaxies evolve. The new Andromeda Project, set to study thousands of high-resolution Hubble images, is a collaboration among scientists at the University of Washington, the University of Utah and several

Scientists find oldest dinosaur – or closest relative yet

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Researchers have discovered what may be the earliest dinosaur, a creature the size of a Labrador retriever, but with a five foot-long tail, that walked the Earth about 10 million years before more familiar dinosaurs.

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‘Fiscal cliff’ challenge explored in ‘Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving’

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UW political scientist John Wilkerson and coauthor explore the challenges of the “fiscal cliff” in their book, “Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving.”

December 3, 2012

Russian Far East holds seismic hazards that could threaten Pacific Basin

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The Kamchatka Peninsula and Kuril Islands, long shrouded in secrecy by the Soviet government, are a seismic and volcanic hotbed with a potential to trigger tsunamis that pose a risk to the rest of the Pacific Basin.

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November 30, 2012

Electrically spun fabric offers dual defense against pregnancy, HIV

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Electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers show promise as a cheap, versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV. New funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will further test the system’s versatility and feasibility.

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