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Founded in 1861 by a private gift of 10 acres in what is now the heart of downtown Seattle, the UW is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast.

The UW is a multi-campus university in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell, as well as a world-class academic medical center.

We have 16 colleges and schools and offer 1,800 undergraduate courses each quarter. We confer more than 12,000 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees annually.

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Anything that moves or processes tiny amounts of fluid is a microfluidic device. Chris Neils/Albert Folch

Microfluidics: The tiny, beautiful tech hidden all around you

Electronics are not the only technology to have been miniaturized. Using the strange behavior of fluids in tiny spaces, microfluidic devices are critical to medicine, science and the modern world.
Mobile traders, or pedagang along-along, in Langkat, Sumatra, were able to continue selling fish despite COVID-19 disruptions. Sharon K. Suri

How small-scale seafood supply chains adapt to COVID-19 disruptions

Local, flexible buyers and networks helped support small-scale seafood supply chains coping with COVID-19 disruptions.
The FTC put companies that sell AI systems on notice: Cross the line with biased products and the law is coming for you. Maciej Frolow/Stone via Getty Images

FTC warns the AI industry: Don’t discriminate, or else

The Federal Trade Commission is rattling its saber at the technology industry over growing public concern about biased AI algorithms. Can the agency back up its threats?
Parents may find it challenging to get their children comfortable going back out into the world. Paul Bersebach/Orange County Register via Getty Images

America goes back to school – 5 essential reads on parenting in the pandemic

As more people get vaccinated and different facets of society slowly reopen, challenges remain in the nation's quest to get back to normal. Here are five articles that help illuminate the path.
Finding the best tour from A through B, C and D and back to A might not be that hard, but adding a few more destinations could give you a headache. wundervisuals/E+ via Getty Images

Planning the best route with multiple destinations is hard even for supercomputers – a new approach breaks a barrier that’s stood for nearly half a century

The traveling salesperson problem is so difficult that practical solutions can never be perfect – only good enough. The challenge is coming up with the best approximations.
In-person learning can start as long as schools operate safely, says the CDC. Jon Cherry/Getty Images

How can all schools safely reopen?

In-person learning can safely resume as long as schools take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Adoring fans celebrated Brazilian ex-President Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva before he began a prison sentence for corruption in 2018. Lula’s conviction was recently annulled. Miguel Schincariol/AFP via Getty Images)

Prosecuting ex-presidents for corruption is trending worldwide – but it’s not always great for democracy

From Europe to Latin America and the US, former world leaders are being investigated, tried and even jailed. In theory, this shows no one is above the law. But presidents and PMs aren't just anyone.
Gene-based vaccines had never been approved for humans before the coronavirus pandemic. Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

3 medical innovations fueled by COVID-19 that will outlast the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has driven a lot of scientific progress in the past year. But just as some of the social changes are likely here to stay, so are some medical innovations.
Los vacunados se preguntan si pueden relajar el distanciamiento social y el uso de la mascarilla. AP Photo/Darko Bandic

¿Pueden las personas vacunadas transmitir el coronavirus?

Mucha gente cree que las vacunas funcionan como un escudo, impidiendo que un virus infecte. Pero, en la mayoría de los casos, una persona que se vacuna está protegida contra enfermedades, pero no necesariamente contra infecciones.
Vaccinated people are wondering whether they can ease social distancing and mask-wearing. AP Photo/Darko Bandic

Can vaccinated people still spread the coronavirus?

You've been vaccinated; can you now safely see your friends and family? New research hints that vaccinated people may be less likely to transmit the coronavirus, but they are not 100% in the clear.
The pandemic blew up some carefully constructed ‘polycules.’ Bilyana Stoyanovska/EyeEm via Getty Images

Polyamorous relationships under severe strain during the pandemic

For single people, finding at least one partner has been hard enough. But for those used to juggling multiple relationships, the pandemic has forced them to rethink dating altogether.
House of Representatives members and staff walk the article of impeachment against Donald Trump across the Capitol. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Impeaching a former president – 4 essential reads

There are a lot of questions about the point of putting on trial someone who is no longer in office.

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