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November 30, 2012

Electrically spun fabric offers dual defense against pregnancy, HIV

News and Information

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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November 29, 2012

Rules devised for building ideal protein molecules from scratch

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

These principles could allow scientists to custom-make, rather than re-purpose, protein molecules for vaccines, drugs, and industrial and environmental uses.

AAAS names 11 UW researchers as fellows

Eleven University of Washington researchers are among 702 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

News Digest: Faculty Senate vice chair nominations due, carbon efficient cities subject of book

Nomination deadline Monday for vice chair of Faculty Senate || ‘The Carbon Efficient City’ discusses sustainable development

Arts Roundup: Music galore, plus ‘Pippin’ and choirs combine for holiday CarolFest

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Music — and musical theater — rule this packed week in UW arts. Take your pick from choirs and choruses, jazz, percussion, world music and campus bands, the musical “Pippin” and the opera “Die Fledermaus.”

International study provides more solid measure of shrinking in polar ice sheets

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Climatologists have reconciled their measurements of ice loss in Antarctica and Greenland during the past two decades. A second article looks at how to monitor and understand accelerating losses from the planet’s two largest continental ice sheets.

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November 28, 2012

Harmful protein-coding mutations in people arose largely in the past 5,000 to 10,000 years

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

The spectrum of human genetic diversity today is vastly different than what it was only 200 to 400 generations ago.

Hungry salmon a problem for restoration efforts

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Food webs needed by young salmon in the Columbia River basin are likely compromised in places, something that should be considered when prioritizing expensive restoration activities.

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News Digest: Honor: International Green Award bronze, research-collaboration website launches

UW receives International Green Award bronze || UW launches website to help foster research collaboration

Official notice: Opportunity to comment on access to public records

There will be a public hearing Friday, Dec. 7, concerning proposed amendments to rules governing access to public records.

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