Ten More from the Labs

A sampling from the breadth of research under way at the UW

1. CLIMATOLOGY
More polar winds means more ice

A new modeling study to be published in the Journal of Climate shows that stronger polar winds lead to an increase in Antarctic sea ice, even in a warming climate. The sea ice uptick in Antarctica, however, is small compared with the amount being lost in the Arctic. > www.bit.ly/1f3yiKg

2. CANCER RESEARCH
Screening possible for leukemia gene

An aberrant gene has been found to cause the most common childhood cancer in the world, pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The discovery should make it possible to develop screening procedures to detect the gene in families who have a history of the disease. > www.bit.ly/19C5i8y

3. GEOPHYSICS
Deep sea circulation discovered

A UW study for the first time has recorded the activity of waves that break deep below the surface of the ocean. These skyscraper-tall waves transport heat, energy, carbon and nutrients around the globe and play a crucial role in longterm climate cycles. > www.bit.ly/1ewBdee

4. ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
First forecast for fisheries unfurled

UW researchers and federal scientists have developed the first long-term forecast of conditions that matter for Pacific Northwest fisheries. If the forecasts prove reliable, they could eventually be part of a new management approach that requires knowing and predicting how different parts of the ocean ecosystem interact. > www.bit.ly/14elWr8

5. BIOENGINEERING
Turning out the best TB test

A team led by UW engineers has created a patch with tiny, biodegradable needles that can penetrate the skin and precisely deliver a tuberculosis test. The current diagnostic test is difficult to give because a hypodermic needle must be inserted at a precise angle and depth. > www.bit.ly/18Wtjqq

6. EARTH SCIENCE
Quiet life of dormant magma

Reservoirs of silica-rich magma—the kind that causes the most explosive volcanic eruptions—can persist in Earth’s upper crust for hundreds of thousands of years without triggering an eruption, according to new modeling research released by UW scientists. > www.bit.ly/19Ezh3x

7. COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Channeling port to port power

UW engineers have created a wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The communication technique takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us. > www.bit.ly/168vern

8. SOCIOLOGY
Where there’s abuse, there’s smoke

Researchers have long suspected some kind of link between childhood abuse and smoking. But a new study has uncovered a connection not between whether or not abused children will ever begin smoking but how much they smoke once they do start. > www.bit.ly/1c4ilVa

9. GENETICS
Epilepsy mutation to next generation

Some epilepsy patients who experiencer both seizures and speech abnormalities share mutations on the same gene. Clinical testing for this gene could now be done for individuals with epilepsy aphasia disorders who are wondering if they will pass on epilepsy to a child. > www.bit.ly/13T63tu

10. CANCER TREATMENT
Targeting ‘traitor’ tumor cells

UW scientists have developed a strategy to slow tumor growth and prolong survival in mice with cancer by targeting and destroying a type of cell that dampens the body’s immune response to cancer. Researchers predict this strategy could be used with chemotherapy. > www.bit.ly/1bnfpBT

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