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Corals and kelp.Soyoka Muko/Nagasaki University

Coral reefs shifting away from the equator

In spite of broad atmosphere driven reductions of coral cover on tropical reefs, little consideration has been paid to the likelihood that changes in...
Fish swim along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. A new study shows that tiny fishes, which are rarely monitored or studied, provide critical fuel for coral reef ecosystems.Tane Sinclair-Taylor

Tiny fishes fuel life on coral reefs

How coral reefs survive as oases of life in low-productivity oceans has puzzled scientists for centuries. The answer may lie in internal nutrient cycling...
People who are visually impaired rely on other senses to interpret their surroundings. A pair of studies from the University of Washington shows how the brains of blind people adapt to process information.

Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing, study

Blind people often have a more nuanced sense of hearing, especially when it comes to musical abilities and tracking moving objects in space. But...
Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk for cancer

Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk for cancer

Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate, which acts by inhibiting the plant enzyme...
Illustration “The midnight sun over Early Triassic Antarctica” by Adrienne Stroup. Along the banks of a river, three archosaur inhabitants of the dense Voltzia conifer forest cross paths: Antarctanax shackletoni sneaks up on an early titanopetran insect, Prolacerta lazes on a log, and an enigmatic large archosaur pursues two unsuspecting dicynodonts, Lystrosaurus maccaigi.Adrienne Stroup/Field Museum.

Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica

Almost 250 million years ago, Antarctica is believed to be covered in forests and rivers, and the temperature rarely dipped below freezing. It also had diverse...
Bottle feeding may play role in whether kids are left-handed

Bottle feeding may play role in whether kids are left-handed

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed the baby. It provides all the nutrition that baby needs during the first six months of...
Researchers at the University of Washington have genetically modified a common houseplant — pothos ivy — to remove chloroform and benzene from the air around it.Mark Stone/University of Washington

Scientists developed a new houseplant that can clean your home’s air

Most of us use air filters to keep our home clean and pollution free. But these air filters involve small hazardous molecules such as...
The horizontal blue line is the travel path for ICESat-2. The lower line shows some of its first measurements. This satellite can capture steep terrain and measure elevation much more precisely than its predecessor.NASA's Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens

UW glaciologist gets first look at NASA’s new measurements of ice sheet elevation

ICESat-2 (short for Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite)- launched on Sept. 15, 2018, uses lasers and a very precise detection instrument to measure...
Paul Gibbs, a mechanical engineer at the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory, inspects the newest Adaptable Monitoring Package, or AMP, before a test in a saltwater pool. AMPs host a series of sensors that allow researchers to continuously monitor animals underwater.Kiyomi Taguchi/University of Washington

Underwater sensors for monitoring sea life

Collecting power from the sea, through turning submerged turbines or bouncing wave-energy converters, is a rising outskirt in the sustainable power source. Specialists have...