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Bluetooth and Wi-Fi sensing from mobile devices may help improve bus service

On any given bus ride, a good share of passengers are reading, texting or rocking out to music on their phones or tablets. In the future, those mobile devices may add more value to our transit commutes than simply filling time.

What motivates people to walk and bike? It varies by income

Lower- and middle-income King County residents who live in denser neighborhoods with stores, libraries and other destinations within easy reach are more likely to walk or bike, according to new University of Washington research.

Fuel economy improvements in US climate commitment on par with 1970s gains

To hold up its end of the landmark climate deal signed in Paris last week, the U.S. will need to make cars and trucks of the future far more fuel efficient.

Summer in Yosemite: An undergraduate research experience

CEE junior Eric Keenan spent the summer studying mountain hydrology in Yosemite National Park.

NASA workshop strengthens community, applications of satellite data

As one of the only universities to address the data deluge of the coming decade, CEE hosted the NASA decadal survey workshop to discuss how to convert remote sensing data to practical decision-making products for end users.

Lab experiments question popular measure of ancient ocean temperatures

New findings from UW researchers, including CEE doctoral student Wei Qin, shows a measure to deduce historic sea surface temperatures using marine archaea displays challenges in the face of variable oxygen levels.



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