Book review: ‘The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists’

According to the human brain, the brain is one of the most, if not the most, complicated systems in the universe. 

“The Future of the Brain,” a collection of essays compiled and edited by Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman, goes to great lengths to convince the reader of this statement, offering insight into current areas of neuroscience, ranging from brain mapping to treating neurological disorders. 

Book review: ‘Ancestors in Our Genome,’ Eugene E. Harris

For most of us, when we think of evolution we think of Charles Darwin and natural selection. Thanks to high school biology and cheesy motivational posters we are all familiar with the idea “only the fit survive.” Unfortunately, many of us don’t know what this actually means. Claiming only the fit survive creates a bit of a problem. How do you test this, and what exactly makes a “fit” organism? Perhaps most importantly, what do all of these questions mean for us as modern humans? 

Citizen scientists could extend your dog's life

Extending the life span of one’s pet dog might soon be a reality. 

Daniel Promislow, a UW professor in the departments of pathology and biology, and Matt Kaeberlein, an associate professor in pathology at the UW, hope to give people a few more years to spend with their canine companions. 

Hacked: The race to guard your car

At a time when cars are becoming increasingly computerized, autonomous, and connected, remote hacking is now a reality, as UW researchers have shown. 

In an attempt to attack this challenge, the automotive and software industries are starting to combine their expertise to secure the future.

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Human connection beneficial to happy, healthy life, according to UW research

Pinktober all year round

Mount Adams is more than 12,000 feet high and requires a three-day journey to the summit. Rocks and boulders can easily shift and fall onto unsuspecting climbers. Earlier this year, nine female cancer survivors made the ascent toward a healthier lifestyle. 

UW students provide personal healthcare to locals in Nicaragua

The slogan, “Students empowering communities, communities empowering students,” is a reminder of the impact a handful of individuals from the UW School of Pharmacy made upon arriving to Nicaragua. 

This past June, 43 UW School of Pharmacy students and physicians from the Seattle area teamed up with Global Brigades, the largest student-led global health organization in the world, to deliver health care services to indigent people in a rural village in Nicaragua.

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UW and Fred Hutch researchers study bandage contact lenses’ effect on graft-versus-host disease symptoms

Researchers from the UW and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have teamed up to study a special contact lens that acts as a bandage for patients with debilitating symptoms of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).

Learning to LAUGH: Using art to reduce stress

For a few seconds, the canvas remains blank. Then a thin line appears, followed by another, and slowly, a shape begins to form. Quiet music rises in the background and in the distance, the lull of waves swell to the surface. Blue paint splashes across the surface, tinged with the white churning of sea foam. A child laughs, a colorful beach ball appears. In a few minutes, an invisible hand has transformed the blank canvas into an idyllic beach. All from a TV screen in a patient waiting room.