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June 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Startup, UW docs collaborate on very personal app

You’d think the last thing the world needs is an iPhone app that guys can use to take pictures of themselves in full glory. But there is a medical purpose for the self-recording app that’s the latest product of Seattle App Lab, a startup working with the University of Washington Department of Urology. Its app also provides…

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January 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

CES 2012: Powering gadgets with body heat

LAS VEGAS — Some companies spend millions building huge booths and producing glitzy stage shows for the Consumer Electronics Show. Perpetua, a little energy-device company in Corvallis, Ore., sent Jerry Wiant with a laptop and a few gadgets to set on a table. That’s all it took to hook me, though. Wiant’s demonstration of “energy harvesting” gizmos…

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June 24, 2011 at 12:43 PM

UW prof, alloys pioneer wins Kyoto Prize

An affiliate professor at the University of Washington today received the prestigious (and lucrative) Kyoto Prize for global achievement, for his pioneering work in materials science and engineering. John Cahn, 83, was awarded the 27th annual Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology from Japan’s Inamori Foundation. It comes with a 20-karat gold medal and a cash…

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February 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Microsoft, Boeing, UW engineers tapped by national academy

The National Academy of Engineering today announced that it’s adding 68 new members, including three from the Seattle area. Altogether the academy now has 2,290 members chosen for outstanding contributons to engineering research, practice or education and “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative…

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January 31, 2011 at 4:50 PM

UW starting silicon photonics foundry service

Drawing on the expertise of new faculty members and industry support, the University of Washington is starting a new foundry service for researchers developing silicon photonic chipsets. The idea behind OpSIS – “optoelectronic systems integration in silicon” – is to help engineers and researchers working on different projects to share the cost of fabricating chip-scale systems. It’s…

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December 28, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Paul Allen tries again with suit against Apple, Google, Facebook …

Mercer Island billionaire Paul Allen today renewed his effort to sue Apple, Google, Facebook, eBay, AOL and other companies for patent infringement. Allen’s case was rejected on Dec. 10 by a federal judge in Seattle who said it was too vague. U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman told Allen he had until Dec. 28 to file…

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December 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Boeing’s X-37 robotic space shuttle ends maiden voyage

One of the coolest and most mysterious high-tech gadgets around has to be Boeing’s X-37B rocket ship. The robotic mini-space shuttle completed its first flight today after more than a decade of secretive development. Its landing came after more than 220 days in space on an “experimental test mission.” Boeing announced “the successful de-orbit and landing” but…

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