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Protein designers get a boost for flu vaccine project

The University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design has won an $11.3 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to cook up a public health breakthrough: a universal flu vaccine. This marks the San Francisco-based nonprofit group’s first gift to a research effort in … Continue reading

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Triassic fossils get their day in the sun

“Jurassic Park” may be all the rage this summer, but a research team led by the University of Washington’s Christian Sidor is kicking it up a notch with a batch of 13 studies focusing on fossils from the Triassic period (252 million to … Continue reading

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Antarctic drone duty gets a successful start

A scientific team supported by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is reporting the successful deployment of a trio of undersea drones to monitor how climate change affects Antarctica’s ice sheets. Now it’s up to the drones. “We are so pleased with … Continue reading

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Video captures anglerfish in a sexual hookup

Scientists studying deep-sea anglerfish have long known about the bizarre mismatch between the species’ whiskered females and teeny-tiny males. But they’ve never captured video of live fish mating — until now. A newly released video, captured by researchers Kirsten and Joachim … Continue reading

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Are fringe loans bad for your health?

For some low-income workers, short-term fringe loans — coming from payday lenders and check cashing services — are a fact of life. But that doesn’t mean they feel good about taking out those loans. In a newly published study, University of Washington researchers … Continue reading

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Charge your phone with lasers? It’s not that scary

Engineers at the University of Washington have demonstrated that it’s possible to charge up your smartphone using laser beams. Perhaps the deeper question is, why? If laser charging can be conducted quickly and safely, that would mark a big step … Continue reading

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Find out how to store your data in DNA

Scientists from the University of Washington and Microsoft are improving their system for preserving digital data in strands of synthetic DNA — and they’re giving you the chance to participate. The UW-Microsoft team laid out the method in a research paper published … Continue reading

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