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UW to receive state-of-the-art X-ray scanner

Next spring, the UW will receive a state-of-the-art, 3-D imaging machine for use across a variety of departments, from anthropology to engineering. The machine, an X-ray computed tomography scanner, will be the only publicly-available scanner of its kind in the region.

The machine, also known as a CT scanner, will allow researchers to view high-resolution 3-D images, and cross-sections of objects with varying densities, including steel and bone.

The cycle of poverty continues to spiral

The number of Washingtonians living in poverty increased by more than 50,000 people from 2012 to 2013, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last month.

From 13.5 percent in 2012, the number of Washington residents living in poverty rose to 14.1 percent the following year, for a total of 967,282 living in poverty. New Jersey and Washington were the only two states where both poverty and income inequality increased. 

Book review: ‘Unnatural Selection,’ Emily Monosson

For many, evolution brings up images of apes turning into men, or of portable Japanese video games. Scientists, on the other hand, imagine minute genetic and physical changes in a population of a species over time. 

Aquaculture

The future of food production

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Paint the cancer away

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer-related deaths in the United States in 2014. A new product developed at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has the potential to lower these statistics.

Overprescribed

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An unlikely source affecting ocean chemistry 

The migration of tiny zooplankton and crustaceans like krill has a great effect on ocean chemistry, according to new research from the UW.

During these large migrations, urine is secreted. The ammonia in the urine plays a significant role in some regions of the ocean that aren’t as oxygenated. 

UW researcher predicts population increase

The global population is on the rise. Using new statistical models, never before applied to population estimates, statisticians have determined global population could be 11 billion people by 2100, 2 billion more than previously predicted. 

The figure comes from a new Bayesian statistical model, which uses the most recent data on population, fertility, and mortality, and also allows researchers to incorporate past experience in future projections. 

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Songbird singing reveals cell growth 

During the breeding season, songbirds sing the melodies they do because their specialized brain cells are multiplying. A new UW study sheds light on this ornithological phenomenon, which may in turn provide insight into cell replacement in humans.

Inside out

Researchers investigate a wearable kidney