Kid-friendly Feature Stories
UW building teleoperated robots for disaster response in national challenge
University of Washington electrical engineers have developed telerobotics technology that could make disaster response faster and more efficient. They are working with a team of eight other organizations as part of the SmartAmerica Challenge, an initiative to encourage new technologies that help society in our increasingly connected world.
Researchers using speed of video game processors to improve cancer patient care
Medical physicists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are finding new ways to use the speed of video game processors to promote research that is aimed at improving patient care.
Clever bird mimics multiple species to score meals
Anyone who knows the story of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' knows that people eventually stop listening to liars. The same is true in nature: Animals will eventually stop paying attention to others that give false alarms, or those that cry out in warning even when there is no danger. Now, however, a new study in Science shows that one particular African bird is able to trick other species again and again by mimicking the sounds of multiple species.
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Finding a formula for zzzzzzzs
Researchers have found that in taking a collaborative approach to addressing sleep-related issues, mathematics needs to be part of the equation.
Time flies on an alien world
How long is a day? It's the length of time it takes for a planet to complete one full rotation. On Earth it takes around 24 hours, but it varies on other planets in our solar system. And now, we know the length of a day on a distant alien planet, too! Beta Pictoris is an alien world that's 16 times larger than Earth. How long do you think its day lasts?
Spiders in space weave a web of scientific inspiration for Spider-Man fans
A free, web-based guide based on science on the space station is being re-released through Scholastic and Sony Pictures as curriculum for educators to leap on the excitement surrounding the release of the film, 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'
The uphill challenge
Earthen, volcanic and snowy materials -- all of which can move quickly downhill -- do so at varying rates depending on composition, the geological features over which they flow, and weather. However, the benefit to building mathematical forecasting 'models' for how earthen materials are prone to move and where they might go post-volcano or during a particularly wet spring is that they can assist policymaking, urban planning, insurance risk assessment and most importantly public safety risk reduction.
North Carolina team places first in Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Students from North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics tasted victory -- and a healthier school lunch -- on Monday, when the team of five high school seniors earned the top prize at the ninth annual Moody's Mega Math Challenge. The winning team prevailed over nearly 1,200 competing high schools and received $20,000 in scholarships for presenting the best answer to the question: can school lunches be nutritious, affordable, and delicious?