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UW solar innovations propel energy future

Energy experts project solar power to dominate by 2040, thanks to cheap technology and trillions of dollars in solar research. Some of that research is coming out of labs at the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, where special microscopes allow engineers to see solar cells on an atomic level. “A human hair is a

Robotics and the law: When software can harm you

Recent headlines declaring “Robot Kills Man in Germany” are examples of growing news coverage about the impact of robots on society. This is the subject of a new law review article by a University of Washington faculty member.  “Technology has not stood still. The same private institutions that developed the Internet, from the armed forces

Best time to visit college campuses

There is no doubt that visiting a prospective college or university is one of the best ways to experience the culture of a particular school. By the end of their junior year of high school, most students have compiled a short list of colleges that interest them. The schools on that list will have a

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

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