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Two worthy books trace the history of tech through Silicon Valley, leaving Seattle’s story still to be told | GeekWire
In this guest post, Tom Alberg, Madrona Venture Group managing director, reviews "The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America" by UW history professor Margaret O’Mara; and VC: An American History by Tom Nicholas.
GeekWire  regl  O'Mara.Margaret  !UWitM  2019  Department:History  College:Arts&Sciences 
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Three southern resident orcas missing, presumed dead | Islands' Weekly
From 76 to 73, the southern resident orca population officially dropped by nearly 4 percent in the last month. The Center for Whale Research announced on Aug. 6 that an orca from each of the three Southern resident pods was missing and presumed dead. Deborah Giles, a research scientist with the UW's Center for Conservation Biology, is quoted.
Center.Conservation.Biology  !UWitM  2019  regl  Islands.Weekly  College:Arts&Sciences  Department:Biology  orcas 
22 hours ago by uwnews
Critics judge Jay Inslee’s artwork: ‘Kitschy anthropomorphism’ and ‘a sense of humor’ | The Seattle Times
Gov. Jay Inslee, a longtime amateur artist, has continued to sketch, paint and doodle on the campaign trail. Karen Cheng, a UW professor of art and design, is quoted.
Inslee.Jay  !UWitM  2019  Seattle.Times  regl  School:Art  College:Arts&Sciences  Cheng.Karen 
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Letter: Are we real, or just a computer simulation? | The New York Times
"Preston Greene is concerned that the computer simulation that we call life may be terminated if my colleagues here at the University of Washington conduct their proposed experiment. If we are living in a simulation, however, then I think that it must be the homework assignment of a lazy alien freshman computer science student," writes Eliot Brenowitz, professor of psychology at the UW. (This letter is the third in this list)
Brenowitz.Eliot  !UWitM  2019  New.York.Times  natl  Department:Psychology  College:Arts&Sciences 
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They’re back! Endangered orcas surface off San Juans after nearly 6 weeks away | KUOW
Southern resident killer whales returned to their usual summertime haunts on Thursday for the first time since July 6, to the delight of San Juan Island’s human residents. Deborah Giles, a research scientist with the UW's Center for Conservation Biology, is quoted.
KUOW  regl  !UWitM  2019  orcas  Center.Conservation.Biology  College:Arts&Sciences  Department:Biology 
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NASA's next space telescope could reveal details about the TRAPPIST-1 planets, but there's one problem | Space
The James Webb Space Telescope could gather critical information about the atmospheres of planets in the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, but the greatest obstacle may be clouds, one new study has found. Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, a doctoral student in astronomy at the UW, is quoted.
Space  !UWitM  2019  natl  students  Department:Astronomy  College:Arts&Sciences  exoplanets  Lustig-Yaeger.Jacob 
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Wheat farmers fear extinction if Snake River dams are removed to help orcas | KUOW
In Western Washington, it could seem like a no-brainer: The orcas of the Salish Sea are hungry, because there are fewer and fewer of the salmon they depend on. Removing the four dams on eastern Washington’s Snake River would help the salmon that use the river to spawn — and thus the whales that eat the salmon. But the view from eastern Washington is different. Sam Wasser, professor of biology at the UW, is quoted.
Wasser.Sam  !UWitM  2019  orcas  KUOW  regl  Center.Conservation.Biology  College:Arts&Sciences  Department:Biology 
4 days ago by uwnews
Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths | High Country News
Scientists are monitoring the lives of grey whales in the Chukchi Sea to determine if the deaths could be part of a larger trend as animals struggle to adapt to climate change. Sue Moore, an affiliate professor in biology at the UW, is quoted.
Moore.Sue  Department:Biology  College:Arts&Sciences  !UWitM  2019  natl 
4 days ago by uwnews
Global warning an 'existential threat?' 'Probably not' says Cliff Mass |
The climate crisis is an "existential threat" to human civilization, in the words of Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris and other candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Cliff Mass, professor of atmospheric sciences at the UW, is quoted.
Mass.Cliff  !UWitM  2019  College:Arts&Sciences  Department:Atmospheric.Sciences  regl  Climate.Change 
5 days ago by uwnews
Discovery by UW scientists shows there is nothing special about life and its origins | The Stranger
A new study from the UW reveals how life is assembled in a cell. The UW's Roy Black, professor of chemistry and bioengineering, Sarah Keller, professor of chemistry, and Caitlin Cornell, a doctoral student in chemistry, are mentioned.
Keller.Sarah  Cornell.Caitlin  Black.Roy  !UWitM  2019  The.Stranger  regl  College:Arts&Sciences  Department:Chemistry  College:Engineering  Department:Bioengineering 
5 days ago by uwnews
Did Venus have oceans? Earth-like past revealed as 'hot planet' this week becomes an 'evening star' | Forbes
Was Venus once like Earth? New research out this week indicates that the hottest planet in our solar system may have once had liquid oceans, but doesn’t now because it rotates too slowly. UW researchers were involved in the study.
Forbes  !UWitM  2019  natl  College:Arts&Sciences  Department:Astronomy 
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Analysis: One budget line Congress can agree on: Spending billions on the US military | The Conversation
"Despite stark partisan divisions on deficit spending and social programs, bipartisan support for large defense budgets is not new, nor has it been dislodged in an era marked by increasing partisan animosity," writes Rebecca Thorpe, associate professor of political science at the UW.
The.Conversation  opinion.analysis  Thorpe.Rebecca  !UWitM  2019  natl  College:Arts&Sciences  Department:Political.Science 
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Whale poop analyzed to help save endangered orcas | KING 5
The San Juan Islands are a critical summer habitat for the Southern Resident killer whales and their scat makes for a rich library of data. A team with the University of Washington Center for Conservation Biology uses rescue dogs to locate the scat, collect it and then analyze it in a lab. Deborah Giles, a research scientist with the UW's Center for Conservation Biology, is quoted.
orcas  Giles.Deborah  Center.Conservation.Biology  !UWitM  2019  regl  College:Arts&Sciences  Department:Biology 
6 days ago by uwnews
The origin of life may not be as coincidental as scientists once thought | Inside Science
In a new paper, a team of scientists from the University of Washington propose that membranes might have been the key component that helped congregate the pieces needed to create the first cell. Sarah Keller, professor of chemistry at the UW, and Roy Black, affiliate professor of chemistry and bioengineering at the UW, are quoted.
Department:Chemistry  College:Arts&Sciences  !UWitM  2019  Department:Bioengineering  College:Engineering  natl  Inside.Science  Black.Roy  Keller.Sarah 
6 days ago by uwnews
A new clue to the origins of life | The Atlantic
When Caitlin Cornell looked down her microscope, she saw large bright spots against a black background. They resembled miniature suns, blazing against the backdrop of space. And when Cornell showed the spots to her supervisor, Sarah Keller, a chemist at the University of Washington, “we got really excited,” she recalls. “It was a bit of an ‘Aha!’ moment.” Those spots, she realized, might help address a long-standing puzzle about the origin of life itself.
The.Atlantic  !UWitM  2019  natl  Keller.Sarah  Department:Chemistry  College:Arts&Sciences 
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The Pacific Northwest's enduring influence on space exploration | Crosscut
The Museum of Flight’s Destination Moon exhibit charts the history of the moon landing, but it also calls to mind the future of space travel being launched in our own backyard. Saadia Pekkanen, a professor of international studies at the UW, is quoted.
Pekkanen.Saadia  !UWitM  2019  College:Arts&Sciences  Jackson.School.International.Studies  regl  Crosscut 
7 days ago by uwnews
Opinion: Are we living in a computer simulation? Let’s not find out | The New York Times
The theory that we are living in a computer simulation may sound bizarre, but it has found adherents. UW research from 2012 is referenced.
Department:Physics  College:Arts&Sciences  !UWitM  2019  natl  New.York.Times 
7 days ago by uwnews
Physicist remembered | KIRO 7
Ann Nelson, professor of physics and chair of its graduate program, is remembered by her husband, UW professor David Kaplan.
KIRO  regl  video  Nelson.Ann  Kaplan.David  Department:Physics  College:Arts&Sciences  2019  !UWitM 
7 days ago by uwnews
Spokane helicopter crew rescues three hikers in Cascades after death of fourth hiker, a UW professor | The Spokesman-Review
When helicopter crews in Western Washington were unavailable Sunday, a team from the Spokane area jumped into action to rescue three hikers from a peak in the Central Cascades. The call for help came after a fourth member of the hiking group, UW physics professor Ann Nelson, lost her footing on a narrow path and fell to her death on Iron Cap Mountain.
Spokesman.Review  !UWitM  2019  regl  Nelson.Ann  Department:Physics  College:Arts&Sciences 
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‘Vehicle ranching’ in Seattle: Inside the underground market of renting RVs to homeless people | The Seattle Times
Richard Winn is a key landlord in Seattle’s underground, unregulated market of “vehicle ranching,” the renting of RVs and other vehicles to homeless people. The universe in which he operates is a surreptitious one, among the many hustles that are part of street life, where survival is often built on barters and trades. Graham Pruss, doctoral candidate in anthropology at the UW, is quoted.
Seattle.Times  regl  Pruss.Graham  !UWitM  2019  Department:Anthropology  College:Arts&Sciences  homelessness 
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