This Revolutionary DNA Extractor Cracks Your Genetics in Minutes

Pulling DNA from the cell that surrounds it may be a vital process to modern genomics, but it's also a cumbersome and time-consuming pain in the ass, "like collecting human hairs using a construction crane,” as Jae-Hyun Chung, UW associate professor of mechanical engineering, puts it. Not anymore, though. His… » 5/13/13 11:25am 5/13/13 11:25am

Webcam Timelapses Used To Automatically Model Cities in 3D

The ability to see maps in buildings and landscapes in 3D makes following along considerably easier than with just 2D. So researchers at the University of Washington have made generating 3D models of a given location dead simple using custom software and nothing more than a webcam timelapse video of the spot captured… » 10/18/12 5:40pm 10/18/12 5:40pm

Study: People Instinctively Hold Robots Morally Accountable

"I'm sorry, but I never make mistakes like that," says the robot, informing you that you've lost the game and won't get the prize. How would you react if you knew the robot was actually wrong? » 4/27/12 1:00am 4/27/12 1:00am

Gamers Redesign a Protein That Stumped Scientists for Years

Folding: it's detestable and boring, as any Gap employee can tell you. But it's also a totally fun thing you can do in a video game! And today it's particularly exciting because players of the online game Foldit have redesigned a protein, and their work is published in the science journal Nature Biotechnology. » 1/23/12 4:00pm 1/23/12 4:00pm

Ballmer Explains the Cloud, In 5 Easy Steps

In his first time speaking at University of Washington—the giant Microsoft-endowed school in the company's backyard—Steve Ballmer explained "the cloud." » 3/04/10 2:50pm 3/04/10 2:50pm

Entire City Rendered In 3D Using Nothing But Flickr Photos

If this sounds a lot like Microsoft Photosynth, that's because, to an extent, it is Microsoft Photosynth—except instead of constructing scenes, this revamped version constructs entire cities. » 9/18/09 11:00am 9/18/09 11:00am

Adobe Builds Web Time Machine Called Zoetrope

Adobe researchers have constructed a time machine that lets you view any web page over time, scrolling to see changes in data. But the Zoetrope software that lets you watch pricing or news-story changes over time has even headier magic powers, too. » 12/05/08 5:20pm 12/05/08 5:20pm

Photo Tourism 3D-Photo Browser Knocks Spots Off Plain-Old Slideshows

This video, shown at SIGGRAPH » 8/14/08 7:47am 8/14/08 7:47am, demos a re-invention of how to navigate collections of photos. It's the work of a team from the University of Washington and Microsoft Research, using advanced processing to magically create 3D-like environments to explore photos of places and things. The amazing results will,…

Autonomously Schooling Robofish Will Become Cylons of the Sea

One day in the near future, when humanity has killed off all the fish in the sea, we'll be able to replace every single on of them using the research of University of Washington UW assistant professor Kristi Morgansen. That's because Morgansen, with her 10,000-gallon UW test tank, has almost perfected an autonomous… » 6/08/08 6:30pm 6/08/08 6:30pm

Pill Camera Not So Hard for Patients to Swallow

As the miniaturisation of cameras continues apace, more and more innovative products are thrown up, such as this pill camera. Basically a lens on a piece of string (isn't that something that Hell's Angels like to do involving string, bacon and laydeez, and goes by the name of Wolfbagging?), the technology costs just… » 2/08/08 8:17am 2/08/08 8:17am

Secrets from WWDC's iPhone Development Session

The University of Washington posted an overview of what went on at a WWDC conference about the iPhone's browsing capabilities and how to design for them. Many of the details we already knew, but there are some new bits about how far iPhone's Safari will go.
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Mind Controllable Robots: Too Late?

In the war between robots and humans, the humans just scored a major victory. Researchers at the University of Washington have successfully demonstrated a robotic interface operated through mind control. Utilizing an electrode cap (a non-invasive tool generating a noisy signal), mental powers commanded the robot to… » 12/16/06 9:00am 12/16/06 9:00am