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Released: 22-Sep-2020 4:20 PM EDT
Muslims, atheists more likely to face religious discrimination in US
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A new study led by the University of Washington found that Muslims and atheists in the United States are more likely than those of Christian faiths to experience religious discrimination. Researchers focused on public schools and tested how principals responded to an individual’s expression of religious belief.

Newswise: Most landslides in western Oregon triggered by heavy rainfall, not big earthquakes
Released: 16-Sep-2020 5:20 PM EDT
Most landslides in western Oregon triggered by heavy rainfall, not big earthquakes
University of Washington

Deep-seated landslides in the central Oregon Coast Range are triggered mostly by rainfall, not by large offshore earthquakes.

Newswise: Marine animals live where ocean is most ‘breathable,’ but ranges could shrink with climate change
Released: 16-Sep-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Marine animals live where ocean is most ‘breathable,’ but ranges could shrink with climate change
University of Washington

Research shows that many marine animals already inhabit the maximum range of breathable ocean that their physiology allows. The findings are a warning about climate change: Since warmer waters harbor less oxygen, stretches of ocean that are breathable today for a species may not be in the future.

Released: 8-Sep-2020 3:45 PM EDT
How birth control, girls’ education can slow population growth
University of Washington

Education and family planning have long been tied to lower fertility trends. But new research from the University of Washington analyzes those factors to determine, what accelerates a decline in otherwise high-fertility countries.

Released: 4-Sep-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Mask mandates delayed by nearly a month in Republican-led states, UW study finds
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Political science researchers at the University of Washington examined the factors associated with statewide mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. When controlling for other factors, states with Republican governors delayed imposing broad indoor mask requirements by nearly a month.

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Released: 31-Aug-2020 12:20 PM EDT
UW breaks ground on the future of health sciences education and improving our health
University of Washington

Deans of the UW Health Sciences schools — Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Social Work — and Washington State legislators celebrated construction of the Health Sciences Education Building on the UW’s Seattle campus with a small, physically distanced groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Newswise: Fossil evidence of ‘hibernation-like’ state in 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal
Released: 27-Aug-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Fossil evidence of ‘hibernation-like’ state in 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal
University of Washington

Scientists report evidence of a hibernation-like state in Lystrosaurus, an animal that lived in Antarctica during the Early Triassic 250 million years ago. The fossils are the oldest evidence of a hibernation-like state in a vertebrate, and indicate that torpor arose in vertebrates even before mammals and dinosaurs evolved.

Newswise: Terms in Seattle-area rental ads reinforce neighborhood segregation, study says
Released: 26-Aug-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Terms in Seattle-area rental ads reinforce neighborhood segregation, study says
University of Washington

A new University of Washington study of Seattle-area rental ads shows how certain words and phrases are common to different neighborhoods, helping to reinforce residential segregation.

Newswise: Mount Everest summit success rates double, death rate stays the same over last 30 years
21-Aug-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Mount Everest summit success rates double, death rate stays the same over last 30 years
University of Washington

A new study led by researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, Davis, finds that the success rate of summiting Mount Everest has doubled in the last three decades, even though the number of climbers has greatly increased, crowding the narrow route through the dangerous “death zone” near the summit. However, the death rate for climbers has hovered unchanged at around 1% since 1990.

Released: 24-Aug-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Failure to ‘flatten the curve’ may kill more people than we thought
University of Washington

New research by the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington finds that every six additional ICU beds or seven additional non-ICU beds filled by COVID-19 patients leads to one additional COVID-19 death over the following week.

Newswise: February lockdown in China caused a drop in some types of air pollution, but not others
Released: 20-Aug-2020 2:05 PM EDT
February lockdown in China caused a drop in some types of air pollution, but not others
University of Washington

Atmospheric nitrogen dioxide, which comes from transportation, was half of what would be expected over China in February 2020. Other emissions and cloud properties, however, showed no significant changes.

Released: 18-Aug-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Data omission in key EPA insecticide study shows need for critical review of industry analysis
University of Washington

For nearly 50 years, a statistical omission tantamount to data falsification sat undiscovered in a critical study at the heart of regulating one of the most controversial and widely used pesticides in America -- chlorpyrifos.

Released: 14-Aug-2020 2:30 PM EDT
UW team developing model to help lower COVID-19 infections in Seattle, other major cities
University of Washington

A UW team has received a grant to develop a model that uses local data to generate policy recommendations that could help lower COVID-19 infections in King County, which includes Seattle.

Newswise: Systemic Racism Has Consequences for All Life in Cities
12-Aug-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Systemic Racism Has Consequences for All Life in Cities
University of Washington

Social inequalities, specifically racism and classism, are impacting the biodiversity, evolutionary shifts and ecological health of plants and animals in our cities. That’s the main finding of a review paper published Aug. 13 in Science led by the University of Washington, with co-authors at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Michigan.

5-Aug-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Research into worker health and safety in the cannabis industry is critical and nearly absent
University of Washington

Legal marijuana is one of America’s fastest-growing industries, yet little scientific research exists on the unique workplace and health risks faced by cannabis workers. A special issue of the journal Annals of Work Exposures and Health explores worker safety in cannabis industry.

Newswise: New studies show how to save parasites and why it’s important
31-Jul-2020 7:15 AM EDT
New studies show how to save parasites and why it’s important
University of Washington

An international group of scientists published a paper Aug. 1 in a special edition of the journal Biological Conservation that lays out an ambitious global conservation plan for parasites. A related paper found that responses of parasites to environmental change are likely to be complex, and that a changing world probably will see both outbreaks of some parasites and a total loss of other parasite species.

Newswise: Deep-sea anglerfishes have evolved a new type of immune system
Released: 30-Jul-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Deep-sea anglerfishes have evolved a new type of immune system
University of Washington

Deep-sea anglerfishes employ an incredible reproductive strategy. Tiny dwarfed males become permanently attached to relatively gigantic females, fuse their tissues and then establish a common blood circulation. Now scientists have figured out why female anglerfishes so readily accept their male mates. Their findings are published July 30 in Science.

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Released: 30-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
National Academies publishes guide to help public officials make sense of COVID-19 data
University of Washington

The National Academies has published a guide to help officials across the country interpret and understand different COVID-19 statistics and data sources as they make decisions about opening and closing schools, businesses and community facilities.

Newswise: Pristine air over Southern Ocean suggests early industrial era’s clouds not so different from today’s
Released: 27-Jul-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Pristine air over Southern Ocean suggests early industrial era’s clouds not so different from today’s
University of Washington

A new study led by the University of Washington and the University of Leeds uses satellite data over the Southern Hemisphere to understand the makeup of global clouds since the Industrial Revolution. This research tackles one of the largest uncertainties in today’s climate models — the long-term effect of tiny atmospheric particles on climate change.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Legal marijuana may be slowing reductions in teen marijuana use, study says
University of Washington

A longitudinal study of more than 230 teens and young adults in Washington state finds that teens may be more likely to use marijuana following legalization – with the proliferation of stores and increasing adult use of the drug -- than they otherwise would have been.

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15-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
A GoPro for beetles: Researchers create a robotic camera backpack for insects
University of Washington

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a tiny wireless steerable camera that can ride aboard an insect or an insect-sized robot.

Released: 8-Jul-2020 6:35 PM EDT
A data visualization platform that tracks countries' progress on meaningful access to information
University of Washington

The Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington Information School has released the Development and Access to Information Dashboards, a data visualization platform that tracks the progress of countries and regions on key indicators related to three dimensions of meaningful access to information: Connectivity, Freedom and Gender Equity.

Newswise: Puget Sound eelgrass beds create a ‘halo’ with fewer harmful algae, new method shows
Released: 24-Jun-2020 6:50 PM EDT
Puget Sound eelgrass beds create a ‘halo’ with fewer harmful algae, new method shows
University of Washington

Genetic clues show that eelgrass growing underwater along Puget Sound shorelines is associated with fewer of the single-celled algae that produce harmful toxins in shellfish. The evidence shows this effect extends 45 feet beyond the edge of the eelgrass bed.

Newswise: Laser allows solid-state refrigeration of a semiconductor material
Released: 23-Jun-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Laser allows solid-state refrigeration of a semiconductor material
University of Washington

A team from the University of Washington used an infrared laser to cool a solid semiconductor by at least 20 degrees C, or 36 F, below room temperature, as they report in a paper published June 23 in Nature Communications.

Released: 23-Jun-2020 10:40 AM EDT
75% of US workers can’t work exclusively from home, face greater risks during pandemic
University of Washington

About three-quarters of U.S. workers, or 108 million people, are in jobs that cannot be done from home during a pandemic, putting these workers at increased risk of exposure to disease. This majority of workers are also at higher risk for other job disruptions such as layoffs, furloughs or hours reductions, a University of Washington study shows.

Released: 17-Jun-2020 5:40 PM EDT
Is the air getting cleaner during the COVID-19 pandemic?
University of Washington

Using air quality data from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitors across the U.S., a UW-led team looked for changes in two common pollutants over the course of 2020.

Released: 10-Jun-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Passing Crucial, Challenging Introductory Chemistry Course Gives Biggest Boost to Underrepresented Students
University of Washington

Underrepresented students in STEM received lower grades in a general chemistry series compared to their peers and were less likely to continue. But if underrepresented students completed the first course with at least the minimum grade needed to continue, they were more likely than their peers to do so.

Newswise: Antarctic Sea-Ice Models Improve for the Next IPCC Report
Released: 10-Jun-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Antarctic Sea-Ice Models Improve for the Next IPCC Report
University of Washington

A study of 40 sea ice models finds they all project that the area of sea ice around Antarctica will decrease by 2100, but the amount of loss varies between the emissions scenarios.

Newswise: Volcanic Activity and Changes in Earth’s Mantle Were Key to Rise of Atmospheric Oxygen
Released: 9-Jun-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Volcanic Activity and Changes in Earth’s Mantle Were Key to Rise of Atmospheric Oxygen
University of Washington

Evidence from rocks billions of years old suggest that volcanoes played a key role in the rise of oxygen in the atmosphere of the early Earth.

Newswise: A rising tide of marine disease? How parasites respond to a warming world
Released: 29-May-2020 2:35 PM EDT
A rising tide of marine disease? How parasites respond to a warming world
University of Washington

A recent study from the University of Washington explores the ways parasitism will respond to climate change, providing researchers new insights into disease transmission. The paper was published May 18 in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Released: 29-May-2020 10:35 AM EDT
UW launches online training for contact tracing to help fight COVID-19
University of Washington

To provide training for the expanding workforce of contact tracers, the University of Washington’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice created the free, online course Every Contact Counts to support public health agencies — including smaller, rural public health districts and tribal health departments — to help their existing and growing workforce in the art and science of conducting a contact-tracing interview.

Newswise: The most common organism in the oceans harbors a virus in its DNA
Released: 29-May-2020 6:20 AM EDT
The most common organism in the oceans harbors a virus in its DNA
University of Washington

The most common organism in the world’s oceans — and possibly the whole planet — harbors a virus in its DNA. This virus may have helped it survive and outcompete other organisms.

Released: 18-May-2020 11:40 AM EDT
COVID-19: UW study reports ‘staggering’ death toll in US among those infected who show symptoms
University of Washington

The new UW study found the national rate of death among people infected with the novel coronavirus — SARS-CoV-2 — that causes COVID-19 and who show symptoms is 1.3%, the study found. The comparable rate of death for the seasonal flu is 0.1%.

Newswise: Ocean ‘breathability’ key to past, future habitat of West Coast marine species
Released: 15-May-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Ocean ‘breathability’ key to past, future habitat of West Coast marine species
University of Washington

Historical observations collected off California since the 1950s suggest that anchovies thrive where the water is breathable — a combination of the oxygen levels in the water and the species’ oxygen needs, which are affected by temperature. Future projections suggest that the waters off Mexico and Southern California could be uninhabitable by 2100.

Newswise: Bike commuting accelerated when bike-share systems rolled into town
Released: 14-May-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Bike commuting accelerated when bike-share systems rolled into town
University of Washington

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in cities where bike-share systems have been introduced, bike commuting increased by 20%, according to a new UW study.

Newswise: Pacific oysters in the Salish Sea may not contain as many microplastics as previously thought
Released: 1-May-2020 5:40 PM EDT
Pacific oysters in the Salish Sea may not contain as many microplastics as previously thought
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers have discovered that the abundance of tiny microplastic contaminants in Pacific oysters from the Salish Sea is much lower than previously thought.

Newswise: Solar researchers across country join forces with industry to boost U.S. solar manufacturing
Released: 29-Apr-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Solar researchers across country join forces with industry to boost U.S. solar manufacturing
University of Washington

The University of Washington, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Toledo have formed the U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium to accelerate the domestic commercialization of perovskite technologies.

Newswise: Agricultural pickers in US to see unsafely hot workdays double by 2050
Released: 28-Apr-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Agricultural pickers in US to see unsafely hot workdays double by 2050
University of Washington

The average number of unsafely hot summer days could double by 2050 and triple by 2100 in U.S. counties where agricultural crops are grown. The study also looks at different strategies the industry could adopt to protect workers’ health.

Newswise: Bacteria That Are Persistently Resistant to One Antibiotic Are ‘Primed’ to Become Multidrug-Resistant Bugs
Released: 27-Apr-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Bacteria That Are Persistently Resistant to One Antibiotic Are ‘Primed’ to Become Multidrug-Resistant Bugs
University of Washington

For a bacterial pathogen already resistant to an antibiotic, prolonged exposure to that antibiotic not only boosted its ability to retain its resistance gene, but also made the pathogen more readily pick up and maintain resistance to a second antibiotic and become a dangerous, multidrug-resistant strain.

Newswise: ‘Ethnic spaces’ make minority students feel at home on campus
22-Apr-2020 1:25 PM EDT
‘Ethnic spaces’ make minority students feel at home on campus
University of Washington

New research by the University of Washington and the University of Exeter examined the value that college students — of many races — place on ethnic cultural centers.


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