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Scientists create atomic-scale map of coronavirus’ deadly weapon, pointing out a path to fighting it

Biochemists have created the first 3-D, atomic-scale map of key proteins in the killer coronavirus, opening up new possibilities for developing treatments and a vaccine. Researchers at the University of Washington and its Institute for Protein Design are among the sleuths who'll be taking advantage of the new clues. The map shows the 3-D arrangement of proteins in the molecular "spike" that the virus known as COVID-19 uses to force its way into the cells that it infects. Once the virus gains...
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Simple, fuel-efficient rocket engine could enable cheaper, lighter spacecraft

University of Washington researchers have developed a mathematical model that describes how rotating detonation engines work.
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Is Coffee Good For You?

We've come a long way from the cans of Folgers that filled our grandparents' cupboards, with our oat milk lattes, cold brews and Frappuccinos. Some of us are still very utilitarian about the drink while others perform elaborate rituals. The fourth most popular beverage in the country, coffee is steeped into our culture. Just the right amount can improve our mood; too much may make us feel anxious and jittery.Is coffee good for me?Yes.In moderation, coffee seems to be good for most people...
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Earth's cousins: Upcoming missions to look for 'biosignatures' in exoplanet atmospheres

University of Washington astronomer Victoria Meadows answers questions about characterizing the atmospheres of terrestrial and potentially Earth-like exoplanets, and searching for signs of life on these worlds, ahead of her talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Seattle. Meadows will present in the 'Detecting Life and Extraterrestrial Technologies' session, which begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Tags: Science, University of Washington, Victoria Meadows, Seattle Meadows, Extraterrestrial Technologies


Effectiveness of travel bans -- readily used during infectious disease outbreaks -- mostly unknown, study finds

While travel bans are frequently used to stop the spread of an emerging infectious disease, a new University of Washington and Johns Hopkins University study of published research found that the effectiveness of travel bans is mostly unknown.
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Increases in minimum wage may not have anticipated positive health effects, study shows

A new study by researchers at the University of Washington found that increases in minimum wages primarily had no effect on health overall. However, they did find a mix of negative and positive effects associated with the health of certain groups of working-age people.
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Weather station in Antarctica records high of 65, the continent's hottest temperature ever

Esperanza base is a permanent, all-year-round Argentine research station in Hope Bay, Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica. (Gerald Corsi / iStock / Getty Images Plus) Antarctica set an all-time record Friday when a weather station recorded the highest recorded temperature on the continent at 65 degrees Fahrenheit.The new high was recorded in a research station in Argentine - a sector of the continent claimed by Argentina - at the Esperanza base. The previous record was 63.5 F, which was recorded on...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Australia, Washington Post, Russia, Nasa, Earth, Antarctica, New Zealand, Argentina, South America, Esperanza, The Washington Post, Accuweather, Antarctic


Designer proteins

David Baker, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Washington to speak at the AAAS 2020 session, 'Synthetic Biology: Digital Design of Living Systems.' Prof. Baker to identify how algorithmic processes such as de novo design, predict protein structures, protein folding mechanisms, and new protein functions.
Tags: Science, University of Washington, AAAS, David Baker Professor of Biochemistry, Digital Design of Living Systems Prof Baker


Rural kids carrying handguns is 'not uncommon' and starts as early as sixth grade

Roughly one-third of young males and 1 in 10 females in rural communities have carried a handgun, reports a new University of Washington study. And, the study found, many of those rural kids started carrying as early as the sixth grade.
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Microsoft and Univ. of Washington join Georgia Tech team in $25M DNA data storage project

The University of Washington and Microsoft will take part in a federally funded effort to develop data storage techniques using synthetic DNA. The Molecular Information Storage program (also known as MIST) was launched this week by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (also known as IARPA), which is within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It's a multiyear research effort aimed at creating DNA-based storage systems that can archive exabytes of data — that i...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Washington, Georgia Tech, University of Washington, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Georgia Tech Research Institute


Movie-watching mice pose a mystery for brain scientists: What are all those neurons doing?

For years, neuroscientists have been monitoring the brain activity of mice as they looked at a wide range of images — including the film-noir classic "Touch of Evil" — in hopes of discovering deep insights about the workings of the visual system. Now they've come upon a plot twist worthy of director Orson Welles himself. The latest results, reported today in the journal Nature Neuroscience by researchers at Seattle's Allen Institute for Brain Science and at the University of Washington, ...
Tags: Science, Orson Welles, Seattle, University of Washington, Allen Institute for Brain Science


Satellite mega-constellations stir a debate over avoiding catastrophic orbital crashes

The retired commander of the U.S. Strategic Command says the tens of thousands of satellites that SpaceX, OneWeb and Amazon are planning to put into orbit over the next few years will require a new automated system for space traffic management — and perhaps new satellite hardware requirements as well. Retired Gen. Kevin Chilton laid out his ideas for dealing with potentially catastrophic orbital traffic jams at the University of Washington on Friday, during the inaugural symposium presented by U...
Tags: Amazon, Science, University of Washington, UW, U S Strategic Command, Research Center, Kevin Chilton


Emissions from electricity generation lead to premature deaths for some racial groups

University of Washington researchers have found that air pollution from electricity generation emissions in 2014 led to about 16,000 premature deaths in the continental US.
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Arctic in hot water: Sea ice minimal in Chukchi, Bering seas

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq can break through ice as thick as 2.5 feet (0.76 meters). In the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska this month, which should be brimming with floes, its limits likely won’t be tested. University of Washington researchers left Nome on Nov. 7 on the 261-foot (79.5-meter) ship, […]
Tags: Health, Science, News, Ap, Alaska, Northwest, University of Washington, Anchorage Alaska, Chukchi Sea, Nome, Chukchi Bering


Happy Halloween from Hubble Telescope: Otherworldly ‘eyes’ glow in ghostly galaxy

Now here's something really scary for Halloween: Imagine two galaxies slamming into each other and creating a monstrous wraith with ghostly glowing eyes. It's not that far of a stretch. The Hubble Space Telescope captured just such an image, for a team of astronomers based at the University of Washington. The visible-light picture, taken in June by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, shows a galactic smash-up that took place about 700 million light-years away in the constellation M...
Tags: Science, Hubble Space Telescope, University of Washington, Advanced Camera for Surveys, Arp Madore, Arp Madore Catalogue


A New Skill Could Let Smart Speakers Monitor a Sleeping Baby's Breathing and Movement

For the first few months, life with a new baby at home is filled with stress and worry. Are they sleeping okay? Have they rolled over too far? Are they still breathing? But there could soon be some relief to all the anxiety as researchers have come up with a clever new trick for smart speakers that allows them to …Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Safety, Research, University of Washington, Smart Speakers


Puffins are dying in large numbers in the Bering Sea

Puffins are dying in worryingly large numbers in Alaska and scientists say it could be directly linked to climate change.According to a new study published in PLOS ONE, there's been a mass die-off of tufted puffins and crested auklets on St. Paul Island, one of the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska.Between Oct. 2016 and Jan. 2017, over 350 bird carcasses were recovered by tribal and community members, many washed up on beaches, the study reports. Tufted puffins made...
Tags: Science, Earth, Alaska, Pacific, University of Washington, Bering Sea, Timothy Jones, St Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Arctic Oceans The Arctic, Lauren Divine


The Triggers That Make Us Check Our Phones Most Often... and How to Fight Them

Reaching for your phone in moments of silence, or because you simply struggle to disconnect, can be socially rude and emotionally tiring (especially if you’re a news fan). University of Washington researchers believe they have identified four common triggers that prompt us to take our phones out, and they’re the same…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Science, Smartphones, University of Washington, Phone Addiction


Olis Robotics wins $50K from Air Force to study options for satellite-servicing robots

Seattle-based Olis Robotics says it has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to lay out a plan for using its AI-driven software platform to control satellite-servicing robots in orbit. The initial Small Business Innovative Research grant could set the stage for as much as $1.5 million in future Air Force funding, depending on how the plan is received. Olis, formerly known as Bluhaptics, is a five-year-old spinout from the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory. It spec...
Tags: Science, Air Force, Seattle, University of Washington, U S Air Force, Olis, Applied Physics Laboratory, Olis Robotics, Small Business Innovative Research


Children describe technology that gives them a sense of ambiguity as 'creepy'

University of Washington researchers have defined for the first time what children mean when they say technology is 'creepy.'
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Scientists Say They've Created a Smartphone App That Can Hear Ear Infections

Wondering if your kid is dealing with an ear infection? Soon, according to researchers at the University of Washington, there’ll be an app for that. They claim to have created a simple test that uses a smartphone and folded up paper to detect one of the telltale signs of infection—fluid in the ears—with about the same…Read more...
Tags: Science, Ears, Fda, Hearing, Medical Devices, University of Washington, Health Apps


First smartphone app that can hear ear infections in children

Researchers at the University of Washington have created a new smartphone app that can detect fluid behind the eardrum by simply using a piece of paper and a smartphone's microphone and speaker.
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Washington Hyperloop slims down its pod racer for Elon Musk’s next big contest

Could this year be the year for Washington Hyperloop? For the fourth time, the students on University of Washington's pod-racing team are taking aim at the top prize in tech titan Elon Musk's competition, and this time they've got their racer down to fighting weight. This year's purple pod racer, which looks like a cross between a bobsled and a miniaturized bullet train, was unveiled Friday night at UW's Husky Union Building. "Our pod this year is about 60 percent of the weig...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, University of Washington, UW, Washington Hyperloop, Husky Union Building, Mitchell Frimodt


3D-Printed Organ Capable of “Breathing”

Bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Washington crafted a first-ever 3D-printed “breathing” organ. Developing an organ that can maintain (aka breathe and transmit oxygen) has proven to be the most difficult part of the research: growing living cells is simple, researchers argue, but keeping them alive is much more difficult. This lung is 3D-printed from soft gels which allow it to expand and …
Tags: Science, Design, Medicine, Tech, Medical Research, 3d Printing, Linkaboutit, University of Washington, Rice University, Organs, Organ Transplants


Bats evolved diverse skull shapes due to echolocation, diet

Scientists at the University of Washington have discovered that two major forces have shaped bat skulls over their evolutionary history: echolocation and diet. Their findings, published May 2, 2019 in Nature Communications, help explain the wide diversity of skull shapes among bats and reveal the intricate details of how evolutionary pressures can shape animal bodies.
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Many older U.S. gun owners don't store firearms safely

Only 33 percent of people in households with firearms reported that all guns were kept locked and unloaded. "There is some evidence that safe storage of firearms can mitigate the risk of suicide in homes of older adults with dementia or depressive symptoms," said lead study author Erin Morgan of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition, 12 percent of the older adults in the study reported experiencing memory loss in the previ...
Tags: Science, Seattle, University of Washington, Erin Morgan, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center


How societal attitudes, political rhetoric affect immigrants' health

For immigrants to the United States, the current political climate, and debates over issues such as a border wall, become part of the environment that influences their health, according to a new University of Washington study.
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Deadly diets: Which foods take the heaviest toll?

Unhealthy diet causes one in seven deaths in Britain every year, a Lancet study suggests. The research found lack of fruit and fibre is taking the heaviest toll, fuelling conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The study by the University of Washington identified lack of wholegrain, nuts and fruits as the worst elements of the British diet. Too much salt was the fourth biggest dietary risk factor, followed by too little vegetables. And the study found that fizzy drinks and process...
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Poor diet causes one in seven deaths in Britain, Lancet finds

Unhealthy diet causes one in seven deaths in Britain every year, a Lancet study suggests. The research found lack of fruit and fibre is taking the heaviest toll, fuelling conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The study by the University of Washington identified lack of wholegrain, nuts and fruits as the worst elements of the British diet. Too much salt was the fourth biggest dietary risk factor, followed by too little vegetables. And the study found that fizzy drinks and process...
Tags: UK, Science, Britain, Vanuatu, Andorra, British Heart Foundation, University of Washington, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Warwick Medical School, Christopher Murray, World Cancer Research Fund, Israel France Spain Japan, Tracy Parker, Anna Diaz, Britain Lancet


Microsoft and University of Washington demonstrate automated DNA data storage

DNA data storage holds the promise of putting huge amounts of information into a test tube — but who wants to carry test tubes around a data center all day? Researchers from Microsoft ahd the University of Washington are working on a better way: a completely automated system that can turn digital bits into coded DNA molecules for storage, and turn those molecules back into bits when needed. They used their proof-of-concept system, described in a paper published today in Nature Scientific Reports...
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