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A data visualization platform that tracks countries' progress on meaningful access to information

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...
8-Jul-2020 6:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers study state's firearm risk-protection orders

Since the law was enacted in 2016, 237 petitions have been filed out of concern for an individual's risk of inflicting self-harm and/or harm to others.
30-Jun-2020 1:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Puget Sound eelgrass beds create a ‘halo’ with fewer harmful algae, new method shows

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...
24-Jun-2020 6:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Laser allows solid-state refrigeration of a semiconductor material

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.
23-Jun-2020 2:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

75% of US workers can’t work exclusively from home, face greater risks during pandemic

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...
23-Jun-2020 10:40 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Communication should be a vital sign, researchers argue

During the COVID-19 outbreak, delirium rates have doubled and tripled, which researchers attribute, in part, to intubated patients not being able to communicate and because of increasing sedation. In an editorial published in Critical Care...
19-Jun-2020 2:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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PSA screening affords men long-term benefits, study finds

Prostate cancer researchers and clinicians recommend reconsidering screening guidelines, saying benefits may outweigh potential harms.
17-Jun-2020 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Is the air getting cleaner during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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.
17-Jun-2020 5:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites


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