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Q&A: What is the best route to fairer AI systems?

Mike Teodorescu, a University of Washington assistant professor in the Information School, proposes that private enterprise standards for fairer machine learning systems would inform governmental regulation.
15-Feb-2024 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Foul fumes pose pollinator problems

Nitrate radicals (NO3) from air pollution degrade the scent chemicals released by a common wildflower, drastically reducing the scent-based cues that its chief pollinators rely on to locate the flower.
7-Feb-2024 8:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Pregnant women should avoid ultraprocessed, fast foods

Researchers found that pregnant women who ate more ultraprocessed or fast foods, had a higher level of phthalates in their body, which was then passed on to their fetus.
7-Feb-2024 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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UW-developed smart earrings can monitor a person’s temperature

University of Washington researchers introduced the Thermal Earring, a wireless wearable that continuously monitors a user’s earlobe temperature.
7-Feb-2024 12:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

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BIPOC individuals bear greater post-COVID burdens

Despite similar symptom prevalence, Hispanic participants compared to non-Hispanic participants and BIPOC participants compared to white participants had more negative impacts following a COVID-19 infection in terms of health status, activity level...
30-Jan-2024 7:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Using computers to design proteins allows researchers to make tunable hydrogels that can form both inside and outside of cells

New research led by the University of Washington demonstrates a new class of hydrogels that can form not just outside cells, but also inside of them. These hydrogels exhibited similar mechanical properties both inside and outside of cells, providing...
30-Jan-2024 6:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Outsize benefit seen in trial of drug for kidney disease

In a clinical trial of people with kidney disease, a test drug significantly reduced albuminuria — albumin in urine, a sign of kidney damage — for 50% of participants. When the drug was paired with a standard-care medication, 70% of participants...
14-Dec-2023 3:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

Seattle metro residents near Amazon delivery stations face more pollution but order fewer packages

University of Washington researchers found that people who live within 2 miles of an Amazon last-mile delivery station are exposed to more delivery-related air pollution despite ordering fewer packages.
14-Dec-2023 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Q&A: Helping robots identify objects in cluttered spaces

Robots in warehouses and even around our houses struggle to identify and pick up objects if they are too close together, or if a space is cluttered.
7-Feb-2024 8:05 PM EST

Q&A: UW researchers answer common questions about language models like ChatGPT

A team University of Washington researchers have published a guide explaining language models, the technology that underlies chatbots.
9-Jan-2024 1:05 PM EST

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One ovarian cancer fix: removing the fallopian tubes

Women should talk with their doctors about their risk of ovarian cancer and the potential to remove fallopian tubes if they have a planned pelvic surgery, said UW Medicine OB-GYN Dr. Barbara Goff.
17-Nov-2023 7:05 PM EST

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Q&A: Can AI in school actually help students be more creative and self-directed?

Katie Davis, a University of Washington associate professor in the Information School, discusses how generative AI might support learning, instead of detracting from it, if kids can keep their agency.
25-Sep-2023 12:05 PM EDT

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Q&A: How new software is changing our understanding of human brain development

A team including researchers at the University of Washington recently used new software to compare MRIs from 300 babies and discovered that myelin, a part of the brain’s so-called white matter, develops much slower after birth.
22-Sep-2023 1:05 PM EDT

Q&A: New book examines intersection between climate and information crises

Adrienne Russell, professor of communication at the University of Washington, examines in her new book how journalism, activism, corporations and Big Tech battle to influence the public about climate change.
11-Sep-2023 1:05 PM EDT

Q&A: As AI changes education, important conversations for kids still happen off-screen

Jason Yip, a UW associate professor in the Information School, discusses how parents and schools can adapt to new technologies in ways that support children’s learning.
16-Aug-2023 3:00 PM EDT

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