UW in the media
Recent mentions of the University of Washington in the news
- Why did the mule climb the mountain? Because NASA said so | IEEE Spectrum6 hours ago
Mules transported weather-monitoring gear to a remote site in Washington’s Olympic National Park for NASA's and the UW's Olympex project. Lynn McMurdie, senior lecturer of atmospheric sciences at the UW, is quoted.
- What you need to know about the new cellphone cancer study | Stat News6 hours ago
A new study of cancer risk from cellphones marks a big change in what researchers think they know about the dangers — which is why it’s sure to get an extra close look from scientists, industry, and government regulators. Work by Henry Lai, research professor of bioenginneering at the UW, is referenced.
- The secrets of movie breath | Wall Street Journal7 hours ago
Scientists in Germany have found that they can tell when a movie audience is watching a suspenseful (or funny) scene — based on the chemical profile of their breath. Research by computer scientists and electrical engineers at the UW is referenced.
- This $1 cup could prevent millions of babies from starving | Huffington Post7 hours ago
This cup, developed in part by UW researchers, will help feed babies who struggle to breastfeed.
- Using CRISPR to learn how a body builds itself | The Atlantic7 hours ago
Jay Shendure, professor of genome sciences at the UW, has created a way of mapping cell lineages in bigger animals. It works by creatively repurposing the most fashionable tool in modern biology — the gene-editing technique called CRISPR.
- Want to sell an anti-aging pill with no human testing? Make it a supplement | BuzzFeed News8 hours ago
Elysium Health claims to have hit the jackpot in the search for an anti-aging pill. But researchers are divided over the safest way to deliver such products to consumers. Matt Kaeberlein, professor of pathology at the UW, is quoted.
- First fully compostable coffee pods tested at UW | KING 58 hours ago
University of Washington coffee drinkers are testing out the first fully compostable pods.
- ‘Post-antibiotic world’? U.S. patient’s infection resistant to all known drugs | The Seattle Times8 hours ago
The case raises the specter of superbugs that could cause untreatable infections, because the bacteria can easily transmit their resistance to other germs that are already resistant to additional antibiotics. Dr. John Lynch, associate professor of medicine at the UW, is quoted.
- DNA 'tape recorder' to trace cell history - BBC News9 hours ago
Researchers at the UW have invented a DNA "tape recorder" that can trace the family history of every cell in an organism. Jay Shendure, professor of genome sciences at the UW, is quoted.
- Air pollution is a real heartbreaker — No, really | Grist9 hours ago
A new 10-year UW study links living with air pollution to serious heart disease.
- For asteroid-hunting astronomers, Nathan Myhrvold says the sky is falling | Scientific American9 hours ago
The wealthy technologist, Nathan Mygrvold, claims some of the world’s top experts on Earth-threatening asteroids are guilty of bad science. Željko Ivezić, professor of astronomy at the UW, is quoted.
- Odd spring brings blooming bonanza in Cascades | The Seattle Times9 hours ago
A roasting April and cool, wet May are yielding a hiker’s bonanza: a profusion of wildflowers and dazzling diversity of native plants just in time for the kickoff of the outdoor recreation season this holiday weekend. Tom Hinckley, professor emeritus of environmental and forest sciences, is featured.
- A car’s computer can ‘fingerprint’ you in minutes based on how you drive | WIRED1 day ago
Researchers from the UW and the University of California at San Diego found that they could “fingerprint” drivers based only on data they collected from internal computer network of the vehicle their test subjects were driving.
- Struggling schools hope arts focus can provide a boost | USA Today1 day ago
The White House was expected to announce Wednesday a strategic partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that will help underwrite “Turnaround Arts” schools for the next several years, well past the 2017 sunset of the Obama administration. UW research is referenced.
- Artificial intelligence is far from matching humans, panel says | The New York Times1 day ago
At the UW Tuesday, at an event sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, legal specialists and technologists explored questions about autonomous systems that would increasingly make decisions without human input in areas like warfare, transportation and health.
- Belkin’s $40M smart-home venture launches Seattle office | The Seattle Times1 day ago
Consumer-electronics giant Belkin International is creating a $40 million joint-venture company with Finnish plumbing supplier Uponor and plans to establish its research and development office in Seattle with the help of UW researchers.
- What to do when a robot is the guilty party | MIT Technology Review1 day ago
Should the government regulate artificial intelligence? That was the central question of the first White House workshop on the legal and governance implications of AI, held at the UW Tuesday. Ryan Calo, assistant professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
- Fossilized bubbles could expand our search for habitable planets | PBS NewsHour1 day ago
A new analysis of ancient lava bubbles by UW researchers suggests Earth’s early atmosphere had half the air pressure found today, making it almost as thin as the conditions atop Mount Kilimanjaro.
- You can absolutely be identified just by how you drive | Gizmodo1 day ago
Researchers from the UW and the University of California, San Diego did an experiment to see what could be learned from just the information many cars are already recording. The result was that the way people drove was as identifiable as a fingerprint.
- Climate change luminary Ed Miles dies at 76 | The Seattle Times1 day ago
Ed Miles, a professor whose work pushed the University of Washington to the front lines of climate change research, has died. He was 76.