Natural Sciences in the News

10 ideas to change the world: Mind control over the internet

CNN is honoring 10 emerging ideas in technology and related fields. Number six on the list is a UW team that managed to connect two brains using non-invasive technology. Learn more at CNN.

How abolishing the military paid off in Costa Rica

In 1948 the president of Costa Rica announced something truly extraordinary: Henceforth, the nation would take the almost unheard-of step of renouncing its military. Learn more at The Los Angeles Times.

Governor Inslee visits UW clean energy institute

"Right now, solar cells are made like high-technology, like computer chips, but we want to make them cheap like newspaper," chemistry professor David Ginger told Inslee. Learn more at KIRO.

New Clean Energy Institute will focus on solar and battery technologies

According to chemistry professor David Ginger, the institute will accelerate the pace of both scientific discovery and technology transfer while educating the next generation of clean energy leaders. Learn more at UW Today.

A "Crazy Idea" Provides Clues to the Origins of Life

Retired Amgen biochemist Roy Black had an intriguing idea about the origins of life, but nowhere to test it. UW chemistry professor Sarah Keller welcomed Black into her lab, with impressive results. Learn more at Perspectives newsletter.

"Spooky action" builds a wormhole between particles

Quantum entanglement, a perplexing phenomenon of quantum mechanics that Albert Einstein once referred to as "spooky action at a distance," could be even spookier than Einstein perceived. Learn more at UW Today.

Sparrows exude personalities during fights

Like humans, some song sparrows are more effusive than others, at least when it comes to defending their territories. Learn more at UW Today.

The spacecraft that helped UW find planets needs help

The Kepler space telegraph hit the skids in May after its precision-pointing system failed. But engineers have given it a new way to steady its aim, along with hope for a new NASA mission. Learn more at The Christian Science Monitor.

Condos for penguins

A University of Washington penguin researcher, one of the top in the world, is getting global attention for a novel idea she has to help save one of the most charismatic animals of all: Penguins. Learn more at KOMO.

Greenhouse gas might have warmed early Mars enough to allow liquid water

The mystery of how the surface of Mars, long dead and dry, could have flowed with water billions of years ago may have been solved by research that included a University of Washington astronomer. Learn more at UW Today.

Hong Kong resists destruction of illicit ivory as seizures swell its well-guarded cache

Because the ivory trade is illegal, its size worldwide is hard to pin down. Samuel K. Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, calculated it was worth $264 million from 2000-2010. Learn more at The Washington Post.

Major national companies try "sponsorship" as new hammer to break glass ceiling

"I think the sex difference in stereotype strength says something about the extent to which gender stereotypes are established in girls early in life but reinforced pretty continuously thereafter," said Tony Greenwald Learn more at The Washington Post.

US crushes 6 tons of illegal ivory to send message to poachers

Anti-poaching advocates will have to contend with the voracious appetite for accessories and art made from ivory in Asia - especially in China, which represents the largest market for illegal tusks and carvings, said Samuel Wasser Learn more at NBC News.

Detector at UW on the hunt for dark matter

The University of Washington's Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics is about to go hunting. Their quarry: A theorized-but-never-seen elementary particle called an axion. Learn more at UW Today.

How the environment impacts early brain development

Recent work done at UW's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences found babies' brains were activated in specific areas while watching adults. Learn more at KING 5.

A first step in learning by imitation, baby brains respond to another's actions

Researchers from the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences and Temple University have found the first evidence revealing a key aspect of the brain processing that occurs in babies to allow learning by observation. Learn more at UW Today.

Researcher reveals the science behind college drinking

Alcohol may not be the social lubricant everyone thinks it is, according to University of Washington health psychologist Jason Kilmer. Learn more at University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily .

Let's Give Birds the Respect They Deserve

In a letter to the editor, Eliot Brenowitz, professor of biology, comments on the intelligence of birds. Learn more at New York Times.

Mass starfish die-off may be headed for Washington

Undersea life is often plagued by disease outbreaks, according to University of Washington marine ecologist Robert Paine, even though their causes are seldom identified. Learn more at KUOW.

I-522: Claims conflict on safety of engineered foods

There are many ways genetic engineering can produce food that is unsafe to eat. But the human diet has always been fraught with the same kind of risks, said Toby Bradshaw, a plant geneticist and chairman of the Biology Department at the University of Washington. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Fecal finders: how poop-sniffing dogs are helping killer whales

UW's Conservation Canines are at it again. Learn more about their work with orcas. Learn more at The Verge.

Focusing on Fruit Flies, Curiosity Takes Flight

To hear UW biology professor Michael Dickinson tell it, there is nothing in the world quite as wonderful as a fruit fly. Learn more at The New York Times.

Zoos Try to Ward Off a Penguin Killer

Zoos all around the world love penguins. But as carefree as they might look, zoo penguins are stalked by an unrelenting killer: malaria. Penguin expert Dee Boersma weighs in. Learn more at The New York Times.

Are we hard-wired for war?

UW psychology professor David P. Barash says there's evidence that cooperation may have played just as much of a role in human evolution as war did. Learn more at The New York Times.

GMOs: tolerable or pressing health risk?

Biology professor Toby Bradshaw seeks to calm fears about genetically modified food. Learn more at The Olympian.




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