Hannah Hickey

March 30, 2010

A Tool to Reconfigure Microsoft Word (Or Any Other Commercial Software)

What if all software was open source? Anybody would then be able to add custom features to Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, Apple iTunes or any other program. A University of Washington project may make this possible.

February 23, 2010

Many Haiti Deaths Could Have Been Prevented by Better Engineering

Damage beyond estimation according to report.

January 21, 2010

Managing the Nation's Largest Hydropower System For Climate Change

Civil engineers at the University of Washington and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Seattle office have taken a first look at how dams in the Columbia River basin, the nation's largest hydropower system, could be managed for a different climate.

January 13, 2010

New Rating System for Sustainable Road Design and Construction

Greenroads evaluates a road's environmental and social impacts. It assigns points for such things as using local or recycled materials, managing runoff and providing wildlife corridors. (University of Washington)

September 16, 2009

Rome Was Built in a Day, with Hundreds of Thousands of Digital Photos

A new computer algorithm developed at the University of Washington uses hundreds of thousands of tourist photos to automatically reconstruct an entire city in about a day.

July 21, 2009

A Tool to Make Online Personal Data Vanish

After a set time period, electronic communications such as e-mail, Facebook posts and chat messages would automatically self-destruct, becoming irretrievable from all Web sites, inboxes, outboxes, backup sites and home computers. Not even the sender could retrieve them.

February 10, 2009

Students Create Free Bus Tracker for Seattle

Two UW graduate students have created a free tool that lets Seattle bus-riders use a cell phone, iPhone or computer to see whether their bus is running late.