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February 4, 2014

Does caregiving cause psychological stress? Study says, it depends

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

The results break the longstanding belief that caregiving directly causes psychological distress, and make a case for genetics and upbringing influencing vulnerability.

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Fruit flies – fermented-fruit connoisseurs – are relentless party crashers

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That fruit fly appearing moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used a poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search and arrive in time for happy hour.

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Personal experience, work seniority improve mental health professionals’ outlook

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One might think that after years on the job, mental health workers would harbor negative attitudes about mental illness, but a new UW study suggests the opposite.

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February 3, 2014

Greenland’s fastest glacier sets new speed record

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Observations of Jakobshavn Glacier from 2012 and 2013 show the fast-moving glacier has set new records for the speed of ice flowing toward the ocean.

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Solving a physics mystery: Those ‘solitons’ are really vortex rings

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The same physics that gives stability to tornadoes lies at the heart of new UW research and could lead to a better understanding of nuclear dynamics in studying fission, superconductors and the workings of neutron stars.

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January 30, 2014

When songs trumped rifles, new book by Guntis Šmidchens

College of Arts & Sciences Communications

In his new book “The Power of Song,” Šmidchens explores what is often dubbed “the Singing Revolution,” a passive resistance movement that took hold in the Baltic nations.

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Arts Roundup: Drama, Music — and ‘Katinka Bock: A and I’ at the Henry

This week there is a smattering of events with a highlight being the School of Drama’s show “Reading to Vegetables,” directed by Tina Polzin.

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January 29, 2014

Deaths attributed directly to climate change cast pall over penguins

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Climate change is killing penguin chicks from the world’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins, not just indirectly but directly because of drenching rainstorms and heat.

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Neanderthal lineages excavated from modern human genomes

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

A fossil-free method of sequencing archaic DNA may provide insight into human evolution.

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January 28, 2014

New book explores mixed success of China’s ‘Emperor Huizong’

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Patricia Ebrey, professor of history, is the author of “Emperor Huizong,” a new biography of a Chinese emperor who lived from 1082 to 1135 and ruled for 26 years during China’s Song Dynasty.

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