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Wireless charging is closer than you think

DRONES may one day transform the way parcels are delivered, crops monitored and suspects apprehended. Those who talk up these possibilities, though, often neglect to mention the drawbacks of such robot aircraft—one of which is that most cannot fly for more than a quarter of an hour before they need to find a human being

Seattle school teaches women to code for free

In a nondescript classroom in downtown Seattle, young women hunch over laptops, staring at lines of code. These women, most of them in their 20s and 30s, are enrolled at Ada Developers Academy. This competitive program offers women free tuition and a stipend – all in the name of getting more women into the tech

Global Innovation Exchange

As part of our Innovation Imperative, the University of Washington is teaming up with two worldwide leaders — Tsinghua University, the pacesetter for innovation in China, and technology powerhouse Microsoft — to launch an entirely new learning environment: The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). Read full article here

Virtual-reality games reduce pain. Now to answer why.

For more than 15 years, burn patients at Harborview Medical Center have donned a head-mounted display to play a virtual-reality game while undergoing painful dressing changes and other therapies.  The computer-driven device immerses the patients in an alternate reality, “SnowWorld,” where they can swoop through an icy canyon and pitch snowballs at snowmen, penguins and igloos.

UW students use open source mapping to aid relief efforts in Nepal

Half a world away, University of Washington civil and envi­ron­men­tal engi­neer­ing stu­dents trace the out­lines of roads, paths and build­ings in Nepal from their lap­tops. Using open data soft­ware Open­StreetMap, the students in assistant professor Jes­sica Kamin­sky’s Civil Engi­neer­ing in Devel­op­ing Com­mu­ni­ties class joined an online com­mu­nity effort to turn satel­lite imagery of Nepalinto maps and aid the earth­quake relief

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