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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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Is the University a Dying Breed? Technology and Education

Goodbye freshman seminars, beer-pong, student loans, and your cap and gown. Hello online coursework, digital textbooks, lecture mp3's, and a radically new form of higher education. I can hear it already: "College...

Virtual Neurons Acting Like the Real Thing – The Blue Brain Project

Creating a virtual model of the human brain is one thing. I do it all the time, doodling little cerebrums while I talk on the phone. But getting your model to behave...
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Video 2.0: Tiny Cameras Watching (Over) You

Are you being filmed right now? Are you sure? Or, more importantly: does that thought make you nervous? You might want to get used to it. As camera technology gets better and better, it's also...
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Donated Lungs Breathing Outside the Body (Video)

Pop quiz!  What's weirder than dead organs sitting around in glass jars?  Live organs moving around in glass domes. For patients with late-stage respiratory diseases, finding a new pair of lungs can be... well, about...

Brain-Doping at the Lab Bench

One year ago on April 1st, the World Anti-Brain Doping Authority (WABDA) released a statement that scientists would soon be the target of a crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs. WABDA, backed by the Federal...

Freezing Lazarus: The Cryonics of Eternal Life

Want to live forever? You're not alone. For as long as we humans have contemplated our own mortality, the dream of eternal life has not been far behind. We see it reflected in...

Implantable Eye Telescope Brings Sight Back To The Blind

For the millions of people who suffer from age-related eye degeneration, restoring sight to the blind might sound less like reality and more like a miracle. But thanks to an incredible miniature eye...

i-LIMB Revolutionizes the Commercial Prosthetic

Think you can spot an amputee?  Think again.  Meet the i-LIMB, the first commercially available prosthetic hand with five individually powered fingers.  Combining a revolutionary functionality with amazingly natural cosmetics, the i-LIMB is changing...

Revolution In Newborn Screening Saves Newborn Lives

Every year in the US, about five thousand babies are born with genetic or functional disorders that can be partly or completely treated through early detection.  As amazing as it sounds, up until four...

Obama Lifts Ban On Embryonic Stem Cell Research

As many of our readers may already know, President Obama today lifted the federal funding ban placed on embryonic stem cell research in the US.  Restrictions of the Bush years blocked any funding of...

New Antibody Breakthrough Paves The Way For Near Universal Flu Vaccine

It could be the only flu shot you'll ever need.  Researchers have engineered a new cocktail of antibodies that protects against multiple strains of the influenza virus, including the much-feared bird flu and the...

Skin Cells Reprogrammed Into Beating Heart Tissue

Imagine a future when your aging organs - a failing liver, or a brain degenerated by Alzheimer's disease - could be repaired using cells from other parts of your body.  That dream came closer...

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