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A team from the University of Washington has won a major award for artificial intelligence: the inaugural Alexa Prize from Amazon.

The $500,000 award was announced today at Amazon’s AWS re:Invent 2017 conference in Las Vegas.

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The annual college football rivalry game between the University of Washington and Washington State happens Saturday evening in Seattle. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says the tables are turned for this year’s Apple Cup.

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When you think of a smart gadget, you probably think of a phone or an appliance. But, how about a piece of paper? That’s what a team of scientists at the University of Washington have developed. And they say its use could range from manufacturing to medicine.

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The federal government’s latest special report on climate change directly contradicts the Trump administration’s policies. Hundreds of pages long, the report outlines the latest science and states that humans are the main cause of planetary warming.

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If you trek to Mount Rainier National Park every summer to catch the spectacular display of wildflowers, take note: In the future, some flower species may bloom earlier while others could disappear altogether, according to a study from the University of Washington.

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Scientists say it’s not a matter of if, but of when a devastating earthquake will hit the Pacific Northwest.

University of Washington researchers have now done detailed simulations to find out just how intense the shaking from such a quake off the Oregon and Washington coast would be.

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Postdoctoral researchers at the University of Washington are taking a step toward unionizing. They’re working with UAW Local 4121, which represents academic student employees at the university.

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Nearly every county in Washington has a shortage of doctors, particularly in the areas of primary care and mental health. But there is a new push to train more practitioners for rural and underserved places.

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The University of Washington admitted its most diverse incoming class in the school’s history this year, but black students made up less than 3 percent of that population. Students like Mayowa Aina say that’s no surprise. She saw very few students who looked like her during her five years on campus.

 

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The catastrophic flooding brought by Hurricane Harvey upended many lives in Houston and surrounding areas and has left a lot of people in need emergency health care.

Work will continue on unveiling the T. rex skull at the Burke Museum in Seattle for several months.
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In May of 2015, Jason Love and Luke Tufts – two friends who met at the University of Washington – went fossil hunting around the Hell Creek Formation in Northeastern Montana, a region known for its fossil sites.

On their last day, the two went out on government land to cover some more ground before heading home.

“Fifteen minutes into it Jason walked onto to a big boulder with some bones in it,” Tufts said.    

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A legal fight between the City of Seattle and the University of Washington has ended in a victory for the city. The state Supreme Court said university buildings can be designated as city landmarks.

State legislatures and city halls are battling over who gets to set the minimum wage, and increasingly, the states are winning.

After dozens of city and county governments voted to raise their local minimum wage ordinances in the last several years, states have been responding by passing laws requiring cities to abide by statewide minimums. So far, 27 states have passed such laws.

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The University of Washington is preparing to turn students into government consultants for the city of Tacoma.

That's the next subject of the university’s Livable City Year program, which pairs students with government officials for an academic year to help study and shape policy.

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Treating homeless people takes special training, but it's not something doctors, nurses, and other health care providers typically learn in school.

That's according to Lois Thetford, a physician's assistant with decades of experience working with the homeless. 

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Dozens of scientists and their supporters will fill a library meeting room at the University of Washington this weekend, for a six-hour data rescue event. They’ll be joining a national effort to copy information from government websites that they fear might go missing under the Trump administration. 

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The race is on to get clean energy technologies to market, to help reduce the greenhouse gas pollution that causes global warming. A new lab at the University of Washington opened Thursday. It aims to close a critical gap in getting innovations from idea to prototype. 

The new facility is called Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. It’s a 1,500 square-foot lab inside the UW’s Clean Energy Institute, which was founded in 2013.  Director Dan Schwarz says they can now accelerate ideas that might otherwise never make it to market.

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Understanding who we are and what our role in society is essential for all of us. But when exactly do we start figuring that out?

New research shows it could be well before high school, and even as early as the second grade. The study from the University of Washington focused on 136 girls and 86 boys in three Tacoma-area schools. The students were black, white, Asian and mixed-race.

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It’s almost Apple Cup time! The annual college football rivalry game between the University of Washington and Washington State takes place in Pullman the day after Thanksgiving.

And knkx sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick there’s a lot more at stake than just bragging rights this year.

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Researchers at the University of Washington say they may have found one way to get soldiers suffering from alcohol abuse the help they need.

A heavy drinking culture combined with the stress of deployment can mean a high rate of alcohol abuse among military members. 

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Two recent studies from the University of Washington provide some insight into the ways drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft may discriminate against certain passengers in the Seattle area.

Researchers say there's good news and there's bad news. In one study published in this month's Journal of Transportation Geography, researchers found that app-based ride-hailing service was actually faster in lower-income neighborhoods.

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The No. 5 Washington Huskies take on the Oregon Ducks Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Eugene. Washington is undefeated so far this season. But that’s not the case when it comes to its record against Oregon.

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that the Huskies have a good chance to change that this year – especially after their performance last Friday night.

Seattle-based Amazon is giving $10 million to help the University of Washington double the capacity of its computer science and engineering program.

The University of Washington said Thursday the money will help it build a 130,000-square foot facility to accommodate increasing numbers of students interested in computer science. The new building will allow the university to double, to more than 600, the number of degrees the department awards each year.

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The word epidemic is often used when discussing opioid use in King County. In fact, a task force was formed earlier this year to come up with recommendations addressing the issue. Those suggestions are being released this month. But ahead of that report, 88.5’s Ariel Van Cleave sat down with senior researcher Caleb Banta-Green at the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Institute to ask if we’re talking about drugs, drug use and treatment in the right ways.

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The University of Washington football team begins its 2016 season this weekend. The Huskies host Rutgers Saturday at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick the Huskies are expected to do great things this season.

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The median price for a single-family house in Washington state hit an all-time record of $317,500 in the second quarter of 2016.

That beats the prior record of $316,700 set in 2007, just before the housing market crashed, according to an analysis by the University of Washington's Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies.

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Chinese international students at the University of Washington who were victims of fraud are being given more time to pay tuition. They paid cash to a third party who promised to pay their tuition with a credit card and get them a discount. It was bogus scheme.

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The University of Washington says a microbiology professor faces possible discipline for violating sexual harassment policies.

As detailed in a report on BuzzFeed this week, university investigations found Dr. Michael Katze demanded and received sexual favors from an employee in his lab. Investigators found that the woman, who had little prior job experience and performed little work in the office, was paid 12 percent more than the university's average for her position, and received gifts and vacations from the professor.

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The community group hoping to preserve 88.5 FM as an independent radio station has hit its $7 million fundraising goal a month ahead of schedule. KPLU General Manager Joey Cohn announced live on the air Thursday afternoon that nearly 18,000 donors have raised enough money to make a bid for the station.

"It's unprecedented, I mean, we've been saying we have made public radio history, and we really have,” said KPLU General Manager Joey Cohn. “To raise $7 million dollars in four and a half months -- that's never been done."

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