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August 23, 2013

One-of-a-kind shell collection donated to Burke Museum

Part of a shell collection donated to the Burke Museum.

August 21, 2013

Physicists pinpoint key property of material that both conducts and insulates

The lines of data points are where two of the three solid-state phases of vanadium dioxide can exist stably together, and the point where the three lines meet – the triple point – is where all three phases can exist together.

UW scientists have made the first-ever accurate determination of a solid-state triple point, the temperature and pressure at which three different solid phases can coexist stably.

August 20, 2013

Network would move the classroom to the reservation

UW Bothelll campus.

August 19, 2013

Medical students learn practical skills with unique tools

Work being done at the UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies.

Magma can survive in upper crust for hundreds of millennia

Silica-rich volcanic rock in Yellowstone National Park.

Research shows reservoirs of silica-rich magma, which causes the most explosive volcanic eruptions, can persist in Earth’s upper crust for hundreds of thousands of years without erupting.

August 16, 2013

Helping Puget Sound shed its armor

A bulkhead guards a shoreline.

August 14, 2013

Scientists want a detailed picture of Mount St. Helens’ plumbing

Mount St. Helens as it appeared two years after its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980.

Earth scientists are laying plans for a two-year study designed to develop a better understanding of how Mount St. Helens gets its supply of volcanic magma.

Earth orbit changes were key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age

A researcher stands in a snow pit next to an Antarctic ice core.

New ice core research shows that the warming that ended the last ice age in Antarctica began at least 2,000 years earlier than previously thought.

August 8, 2013

Dementia risk tied to blood sugar

Blood sugar level being tested.

August 7, 2013

Regulating electron ‘spin’ may be key to making organic solar cells competitive

A vial holds a solution that contains the UW-developed polymer "ink" that can be printed to make the solar cells.

UW researchers have discovered a high-performance polymer that could make inexpensive, organic solar cells competitive with silicon-based cells.

July 22, 2013

Geochemical ‘fingerprints’ leave evidence that megafloods eroded steep gorge

This composite images shows the Yarlung-Tsangpo River in Tibet. The image and data were collected by a NASA spacecraft.

For the first time, scientists have direct geochemical evidence that the 150-mile long Tsangpo Gorge, possibly the world’s deepest, was the conduit by which megafloods from glacial lakes, perhaps half the volume of Lake Erie, drained catastrophically through the Himalayas when their ice dams failed during the last 2 million years.

July 14, 2013

Some volcanoes ‘scream’ at ever-higher pitches until they blow their tops

Redoubt Volcano's active lava dome as it appeared on May 8, 2009.

Swarms of small earthquakes before a volcanic eruption can come in such rapid succession that they create a signal called harmonic tremor. A new eruption analysis from Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano shows the harmonic tremor glided to higher frequencies, then stopped abruptly just before six eruptions in 2009.

July 10, 2013

Greater activity having little impact on obesity

Park carbon dioxide under our feet with a biocarbon approach

Terraces and no-till farming work to control erosion on a farm in Montgomery County, Iowa.

July 8, 2013

Raising money for fund-it-yourself science

Evan Sugden, a UW biology instructor, got funding to support a beekeeping class and a campus hive.

July 3, 2013

A medieval moment at EMP

The Iron Throne from the HBO series "Game of Thrones."

Would onsite forecasting have averted Arizona tragedy?

The Yarnell Fire in Arizona began on Jun. 28, 2013, from a lightning strike.

June 28, 2013

UW student creates unusual world map

A world map by James Davenport that is based on locations of airports, runways and helipads.

June 26, 2013

Working for Justice in El Salvador

UW graduate students Ursula Mosqueira (far right) and Dacia Saenz spoke with Salvadorans during a visit in January 2013.

June 25, 2013

Cow-sized lumpy reptile wandered ancient desert

An illustration depicts a Bunostegos.

June 19, 2013

The solar system’s future is dicey, and it began in chaos

An artist's rendition of the early solar system bombardment.

June 14, 2013

UW geneticist flying high over Supreme Court ruling

The BRCA1 gene location on chromosome 17.

June 6, 2013

Measuring the impact of research

Steven Roberts of the UW.

June 5, 2013

Kyle MacLachlan calls his UW actor training ‘essential’

Kyle MacLachlan

June 3, 2013

Rethinking research: What’s ethics got to do with it?

Sample bottles in a laboratory.

June 2, 2013

New book tells stirring story of UW crew winning Olympic gold

Boys in the Boat book cover.

In 1936, when Jesse Owens made headlines by winning Olympic gold in front of Adolf Hitler, nine University of Washington rowers improbably did the same in competition that had been dominated by Germany. An upcoming book vividly tells the tale.

May 29, 2013

Inside the Professional Actor Training Program

Participants in the UW Professional Actor Training Program.

May 21, 2013

UW expands online courses

Drumheller Fountain and Gerberding Hall on the UW campus.

Sounds of the sea: Stones clanging

A still capture from "Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine," showing an underwater view of ocean currents at different depths off the continental shelf of North America.

May 15, 2013

Seattle’s ‘Mr. Sundial’ takes his passion to next level

Woody Sullivan and his home sundial.

UW astronomer Woody Sullivan, who has made Seattle the unlikely sundial capital of North America, has re-created a Renaissance ceiling sundial in his home office.

Tropical air circulation drives fall warming on Antarctic Peninsula

A research ship off the Rothera station on the Antarctic Peninsula.

New UW research shows that, in recent decades, fall is the only time of extensive warming over the entire Antarctic Peninsula, and it is mostly from atmospheric circulation patterns originating in the tropics.

May 6, 2013

UW study: Exercise cuts women’s kidney stone risk

A woman running.

April 25, 2013

UW students pitch business plans in competition

UW grad student Michael Lee advertises his team in the business plan competition.

April 24, 2013

Air pollution may harden arteries

Smog in Los Angeles.

April 22, 2013

New book explores fragile status of world’s penguins

Penguins in the wild.

‘Rare Earth’ redux: Moon is key to our existence

April 19, 2013

Roboticists discover the secret of insect flight

A hawkmoth is tethered in a circular flight arena and surrounded with an LED display system.

A UW biologist is among scientists who have found that the abdominal movements of some insects play a large role in flight control.

April 17, 2013

A key to mass extinctions could boost food, biofuel production

A hydrogen sulfide-treated dwarf wheat seed next to an untreated seed.

A substance implicated in several mass extinctions could greatly enhance plant growth, with implications for global food supplies biofuels, new UW research shows.

April 14, 2013

Recent Antarctic climate, glacier changes at the ‘upper bound’ of normal

A sectionof the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide core.

In recent decades the thinning of glaciers at the edge of Antarctica has accelerated, but new UW-led research indicates the changes, though dramatic, cannot be confidently attributed to human-caused global warming.

April 12, 2013

Celebrating Earth Day at the Arboretum

Ferns and moss on a nurse log.

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