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VoxLens: Adding one line of code can make some interactive visualizations accessible to screen-reader users

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University of Washington researchers worked with screen-reader users to design VoxLens, a JavaScript plugin that allows people to interact with visualizations. VoxLens users can gain a high-level summary of the information described in a graph, listen to a graph translated into sound or use voice-activated commands to ask specific questions.See the Story
Nature

2021 heat wave created 'perfect storm' for shellfish die-off

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It's hard to forget the excruciating heat that blanketed the Pacific Northwest in late June 2021. Temperatures in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia soared to well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with Seattle setting an all-time heat record of 108 degrees on June 28. A team has now compiled and analyzed hundreds of field observations to produce a comprehensive report of the impacts of the 2021 heat wave on shellfish.See the Story
Science

Changes in cholesterol production lead to tragic octopus death spiral

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Researchers found that the optic gland in maternal octopuses undergoes a massive shift in cholesterol metabolism, resulting in dramatic changes in the steroid hormones produced. Alterations inolesterol metabolism in other animals, including humans, can have serious consequences on longevity and behavior. The team believes this reveals important similarities in the functions of these steroids across the animal kingdom.See the Story
Space

Astronomers discover a rare 'black widow' binary, with the shortest orbit yet

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The system, which may have originated near the center of the Milky Way, is orbited by a third stellar companion. The system is especially unusual in that it appears to host a third, far-flung star that orbits around the two inner stars every 10,000 years.See the Story
Climate Change

Ice shards in Antarctic clouds let more solar energy reach Earth’s surface

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New research led by the University of Washington shows that splintering of frozen liquid droplets to form ice shards inside Southern Ocean clouds dramatically affects the clouds' ability to reflect sunlight back to space. Including this ice-splintering process improves the ability of high-resolution global models to simulate clouds over the Southern Ocean.See the Story
Environment

Including all types of emissions shortens timeline to reach Paris Agreement temperature targets

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New research led by the University of Washington calculates how much warming is already guaranteed by past emissions. Countries around the world pledged in the Paris Agreement to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or, at most, 2 degrees Celsius. The new study includes shorter-lived greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrogen oxide, as well as particulate pollution like sulfur and soot.See the Story
Space

Experiments measure freezing point of extraterrestrial oceans to aid search for life

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A planetary scientist worked with engineers to measure the physical limits for a liquid when salty water is at very high pressure. The results suggest where to look for extraterrestrial life in the ice-covered oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moon Titan.See the Story
Science

Researchers create a sea of nano-sized gold stars

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Researchers from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Washington (UW) have successfully designed a bio-inspired molecule that can direct gold atoms to form perfect nanoscale stars. The work is an important step toward understanding and controlling metal nanoparticle shape and creating advanced materials with tunable properties.See the Story
Monroe, Wisconsin · Monroe

Celebrating our 2022 graduates

The 2022 ME graduation celebration included speakers and student awards.See the Story
E-Cigarettes

Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes may adopt other healthy routines

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Adult smokers who shift to using to e-cigarettes may have more chances to improve health and well-being, according to new research from the University of Washington.See the Story

Thinking about suicide and self-harming alleviates stress, new meta-analysis confirms

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Nearly one-fifth of teens and young adults engage in self-injury, while just as many teens seriously consider attempting suicide. Both are considered a risk for suicidal behavior, but studies of why people harm themselves, or think about suicide, haven't been examined in a comprehensive way.See the Story
Education · United States

Higher socioeconomic status linked to increased air pollution exposure in China

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In some countries, including the United States, socioeconomic factors such as higher income and education correlate with less exposure to outdoor air pollution. But this isn't the case in China. In fact, it's the exact opposite.See the Story

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