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In this series of episodes, I join Dr. Gerald Pollack in his bioengineering laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle where we dig into his book, “The Fourth Phase of Water”. We uncover mysteries about the properties of water that have long been buried and misunderstood in the scientific community. Basic observations that we experience as children are finally elucidated by Dr. Pollack’s explanation of this 4th phase that exists between solid ice and liquid water.
Strange properties like the strength of sand castles, compacting a snow ball, how clouds form, and why cells don’t leak if sliced in half…can all be explained by this fourth phase, termed the Exclusion Zone or EZ.
In this second of three segments, Dr. Pollack explains what EZ water is, how it is created, and what kinds of strange properties it has that make it distinctly different from regular, “bulk” water. We explore the implications of these unique properties that characterize the exclusion zone and how biology naturally takes advantage of them.
Connect with Dr. PollackAmazon Author Page
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Pollack Laboratory at UW
Book – The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, a…
Book – Cells, Gells, and the Engines of Life
Book – Phase Transitions in Cell Biology
Book – Water and the Cell
Book – Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles …
Book – Mechanism of Myofilament Sliding in Muscle Contrac…
Water & Health Lecture
Professor Gerald Pollack is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal, WATER and is recognized as an international leader in science and engineering.
The University of Washington Faculty chose Pollack, in 2008, to receive their highest annual distinction: the Faculty Lecturer Award. He was the 2012 recipient of the coveted Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems. He has received an honorary doctorate from Ural State University in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and was more recently named an Honorary Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Foreign Member of the Srpska Academy. Pollack is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He recently received an NIH Director’s Transformative R01 Award for his work on water, and maintains an active laboratory in Seattle.
Pollack’s interests have ranged broadly, from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions. His 1990 book, Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion, won an “Excellence Award” from the Society for Technical Communication; two subsequent books: Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, and The Fourth Phase of Water, both won that Society’s “Distinguished Award.”
Pollack is recognized worldwide as a dynamic speaker and a scientist willing to challenge any long-held dogma that does not fit the facts.
Awards Since 2009
NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award, 2009
Chair, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Panel on Transformative Research, 2011
Martin Hellsten Surface-Chemistry Award, AkzoNobel Chalmers 2011
Prigogine Medal, 2012
TEDx talk, 2012
Academy of Science, Srpska, Foreign member and Academician, 2012
Director, Institute for Venture Science, 2013
Distinguished Award, Society for Technical Communication (for book, The Fourth Phase of Water), 2014
Scientific Excellence Award, World Academy of Neural Science, 2014
International Summit Award of Excellence, STC 2014.
Dinsdale Prize, Society for Scientific Exploration, 2014
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