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Actions on Climate Change Bring Better Health, Study Says

The number of extremely hot days in Eastern and Midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study. In presenting their synthesis, the study authors seek to encourage efforts that benefit both the health of the planet and the health of people.

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Reflected Smartphone Transmissions Enable Gesture Control

University of Washington engineers have developed a new form of low-power wireless sensing technology that lets users "train" their smartphones to recognize and respond to specific hand gestures near the phone.

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Smallest Known Galaxy with a Supermassive Black Hole: Watch Video of Newswise Live Press Conference Event

A University of Utah astronomer and his colleagues discovered that an ultracompact dwarf galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole – the smallest galaxy known to contain such a massive light-sucking object. The finding suggests huge black holes may be more common than previously believed.

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Proactive Office Ergonomics Can Increase Job Satisfaction and Employee Retention

Although office ergonomics training programs have been shown to improve employee well-being and productivity, in many cases training occurs only after complaints are logged.

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Changing Temperature Powers Sensors in Hard-to-Reach Places

University of Washington researchers have taken inspiration from a centuries-old clock design and created a power harvester that uses natural fluctuations in temperature and pressure as its power source.

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Materials Other Than Silicon for Next Generation Electronic Devices

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As silicon strains against the physical limits of performance, could a material like InGaAs provide enough of an improvement over silicon that it would be worth the expense in new equipment lines and training to make the switch worthwhile?

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New Research Presents an Improved Method to Let Computers Know You Are Human

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UAB researchers are investigating game-based verification that may improve computer security and reduce user frustration compared to typical “type-what-you-see” CAPTCHA tools that use static images.

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Wildland Fire Modeling Can Lead to Better Predictions

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If we can better understand scientifically how wildland fires behave, we’ll have a better chance to accurately predict their evolution.

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StopInfo for OneBusAway App Makes Buses More Usable for Blind Riders

A UW study found that StopInfo, a new hub for bus stop information in the OneBusAway app, is helpful for blind riders and can promote spontaneous and unfamiliar travel. A UW research team launched the program recently in collaboration with King County Metro.

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UPDATED: Keeping Filler Ingredients Out of Your Cup of Coffee

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Coffee drinkers beware: Surprise ingredients may be hiding in your coffee, and growing shortages may well increase the chance of having more fillers in the future. A new test that will be reported today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, may quickly find them before the beverage reaches stores and restaurants.

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