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Drew Halley

Drew Halley

Drew Halley is a graduate student researcher in Anthropology and is part of the Social Science Matrix at UC Berkeley. He is a PhD candidate in biological anthropology at UC Berkeley studying the evolution of primate brain development. His undergraduate research looked at the genetics of neurotransmission, human sexuality, and flotation tank sensory deprivation at Penn State University. He also enjoys brewing beer, photography, public science education, and dungeness crab. Drew was recommended for the Science Envoy program by UC Berkeley anthropologist/neuroscientist Terrence Deacon.

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Kindle Rocks in 2010, Survives the iPad

2010 could easily have been the year that the Kindle died a quiet death, buried alongside fellow victims of the Apple empire... the year that Amazon reconsidered its tablet aspirations, bowing humbly to its better,...

A Review of the Best Robots of 2010

Welcome to the third annual Singularity Hub robotic year-in-review. We’ll be showing you the best robots – and the most incredible videos – from 2010. This year we’ve seen robots guarding nuclear stockpiles, flying...

Motorola Taunts iPad, Prepares to Reveal its Tablet (video)

The age of the tablet has been almost entirely dominated by the iPad, and that isn’t for lack of competitors. Apple seems to have a lock on the market, and we have yet to...

Universal Translators in the Next Few Years?

The universal translator is a sci-fi staple: Star Trek made it infamous. Star Wars had C3PO. Hitchhiker’s Guide had the babel fish. Stargate and Dr. Who both had some variation of a voice-to-voice translating...

DNA sequencing for 1/10 the price: Ion Torrent’s sequencer arrives

Thinking of setting up your own genomics lab in the garage? Time to update your Christmas list. The Personal Genome Machine (PGM) by Ion Torrent is a DIY biologist’s fantasy: it’s fast, compact, and...

A Robot Stole My Job: Automation in the Recession

Are robots creating a jobless recovery? A recent forecast by the UCLA Anderson School of Business echoes a common refrain in economic circles: as the economy recovers, jobs might not. The report, released last...

Researchers Barcode Mouse Embryos, Humans Next

In most laboratories, mixing up your samples probably means a botched experiment and a bit of frustration. But if you happen to work in reproductive technologies, an accidental swap might… well… impregnate a woman...

The Pills Have Eyes: Microchipped Medicine Is Coming

Open wide! Earlier this month, Swiss pharma giant Novartis announced it will be seeking regulatory approval of “smart pills” embedded with microchips within the next 18 months. The chip-on-a-pill, developed by Proteus Biomedical (and...

The vOICe System Rewires the Brain’s Audio into Visual

Imagine if all the sounds in your world translated into visual experiences. Sound psychedelic? The cross-blending of sensory input – called synesthesia – is normally limited to individuals with a relatively unique...

Autism Diagnosed with a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan (Video)

A new technique developed at King’s College London uses a fifteen minute MRI scan to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The scan is used to analyze the structure of grey matter in the brain,...

The Alzheimer’s Drugs You Still Can’t Get

Twenty years ago, researchers made serious headway in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease (AD). They discovered a link between the brain damage in AD patients and plaque deposits in the brain – the...

App Lets You Make a Phone Call With Your Mind (Video)

And you thought having a touch screen was cool. ThinkContacts is a new smart phone app under development that uses your brainwaves to choose between callers and dial them up. The system...

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