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When to Fish: Timing Matters for Fish That Migrate to Reproduce

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A new University of Washington study points to yet another human factor that is hampering the ability of fish to reproduce: the timing of our fishing seasons. The study considers how the timing of fishing efforts might disproportionately target certain fish and change the life history patterns of entire populations.

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Don Juan Pond, University of Washington, Antarctica, polar science, Hydrology

Salt Pond in Antarctica, Among the Saltiest Waters on Earth, Is Fed From Beneath

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One of the saltiest bodies on Earth, an analog to how water might exist on Mars, shows signs of being one piece of a larger aquifer.

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Psychology, Environment

What Counts as ‘Nature’? It All Depends

University of Washington psychology professor Peter Kahn describes “environmental generational amnesia” as the idea that each generation perceives the environment into which it’s born, no matter how developed, urbanized or polluted, as the norm. And so what each generation comes to think of as “nature” is relative, based on what it's exposed to. Kahn argues that more frequent and meaningful interactions with nature can enhance our connection to — and definition of — the natural world.

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Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? UW Studies Say Yes

A University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable competitor in the biofuels market by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently — after only two or three years — instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle.

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Astronomy, Astrophysics, Palomar Transient Factory, Telescope, Survey

With Launch of New Night Sky Survey, UW Researchers Ready for Era of 'Big Data' Astronomy

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On Nov. 14, scientists with the California Institute of Technology, the University of Washington and eight additional partner institutions announced that the Zwicky Transient Facility, the latest sensitive tool for astrophysical observations in the Northern Hemisphere, has seen "first light" and took its first detailed image of the night sky.

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gender bias, Gender Discrimination, Hollywood, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing

New Tool Quantifies Power Imbalance Between Female and Male Characters in Hollywood Movie Scripts

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A new machine learning tool analyzed language in 800 Hollywood movie scripts found subtle but widespread gender bias in degree of power and agency given to and female and male characters.

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Ecology, Climate Change, Wildflowers, Pollinators, Evolution, Ecological Changes

How Climate Change May Reshape Subalpine Wildflower Communities

An unseasonably warm, dry summer in 2015 on Washington state's Mount Rainier caused subalpine wildflowers to change their bloom times and form 'reassembled' communities, with unknown consequences for species interactions among wildflowers, pollinators and other animals.

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'Smart' Paper Can Conduct Electricity, Detect Water

A University of Washington team wants to simplify the process for discovering detrimental water leaks by developing “smart” paper that can sense the presence of water.

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Air Pollution, Mental Health

How Toxic Air Clouds Mental Health

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University of Washington researchers have found a link between air pollution and psychological distress. The higher the level of particulates in the air, the UW-led study showed, the greater the impact on mental health. The study is believed to be the first to use a nationally representative survey pool, cross-referenced with pollution data at the census block level, to evaluate the connection between toxic air and mental health.

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Twitter Can Generate Rage, University of Washington Professor Finds

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