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Warm liquid spewing from Oregon seafloor comes from Cascadia fault, could offer clues to earthquake hazards

The field of plate tectonics is not that old, and scientists continue to learn the details of earthquake-producing geologic faults. The Cascadia Subduction Zone — the eerily quiet offshore fault that threatens to unleash a magnitude-9 earthquake in the Pacific Northwest — still holds many mysteries. A study led by the University of Washington discovered […]

Posted inCalifornia

Dryer, warmer night air is making some Western wildfires more active at night

Firefighters have reported that Western wildfires are starting earlier in the morning and dying down later at night, hampering their ability to recover and regroup before the next day’s flareup. A study by University of Washington and U.S. Forest Service scientists shows why: The drying power of nighttime air over much of the Western U.S. […]

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Record-high Arctic freshwater will flow through Canadian waters, affecting marine environment and Atlantic ocean currents

Freshwater is accumulating in the Arctic Ocean. The Beaufort Sea, which is the largest Arctic Ocean freshwater reservoir, has increased its freshwater content by 40% over the past two decades. How and where this water will flow into the Atlantic Ocean is important for local and global ocean conditions. A study from the University of […]

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On nights before a full moon, people go to bed later and sleep less, study shows

February 2, 2021 – For centuries, humans have blamed the moon for our moods, accidents and even natural disasters. But new research indicates that our planet’s celestial companion impacts something else entirely — our sleep. In a paper published Jan. 27 in Science Advances, scientists at the University of Washington, the National University of Quilmes in Argentina […]

Posted inLife

At gun safety events, 40% of gun owners reported not locking all household guns — even around kids

January 13, 2020 – While waiting for free firearm storage devices at gun safety events held in sporting goods stores across Washington, nearly 3,000 people filled out a one-page survey asking how they stored guns at home and other household information. What the participants reported emphasizes the need for these public events, Seattle Children’s and […]

Posted inUS

Mass shootings represent one percent of the firearms problem in this country (VIDEO)

Aug. 6, 2019 – Following a deadly weekend, there are nationwide calls to address these mass shootings. However,  firearm violence happens every day. “I think it’s important to recognize that mass shootings represent one percent of the firearms problem in this country,” said Eileen Bulger, chief of trauma at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. “And it’s a horrible thing […]

Posted inEnviro

UW study: Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk for cancer

Feb. 14, 2019 – Exposure to glyphosate — the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide and the primary ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup — increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent, according to new research from the University of Washington. Various reviews and international assessments have come to different conclusions about […]

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High CO2 levels cause plants to thicken their leaves, could worsen climate change effects

October 1, 2018 – Plant scientists have observed that when levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rise, most plants do something unusual: They thicken their leaves. And since human activity is raising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, thick-leafed plants appear to be in our future. But the consequences of this physiological response go far beyond […]

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Study Identifies Which Marine Mammals Are Most at Risk From Increased Arctic Ship Traffic

July 5, 2018 – In August 2016, the first large cruise ship traveled through the Northwest Passage, the northern waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The following year, the first ship without an icebreaker plied the Northern Sea Route, a path along Russia’s Arctic coast that was, until recently, impassable by unescorted commercial vessels. […]

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Bilingual babies: Study shows how exposure to a foreign language ignites infants’ learning

July 19, 2017 – For years, scientists and parents alike have touted the benefits of introducing babies to two languages: Bilingual experience has been shown to improve cognitive abilities, especially problem-solving. And for infants raised in households where two languages are spoken, that bilingual learning happens almost effortlessly. But how can babies in monolingual households […]

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