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Neal First, Whose Work Led to Cattle Cloning, Dies at 84


Emeritus Professor Neal First, a pioneer in cattle reproduction and cloning who studied animal physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 45 years, died Nov. 20 from complications of cancer. His work in the 1980s on how sperm and eggs are...
18-Dec-2014 2:30 PM EST

New Theory Suggests Alternate Path Led to Rise of the Eukaryotic Cell

Known as the “inside-out” theory of eukaryotic cell evolution, an alternative view of how complex life came to be was published recently in the open access journal BMC Biology.
12-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST

New Studies Power Legacy of UW-Madison Research, 60 Years Later

Dave Pagliarini, a UW-Madison assistant professor of biochemistry, recently published two studies shedding more light on coenzyme Q and how it’s made, one in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) in October and another today in...
11-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST

UW Team Explores Large, Restless Volcanic Field in Chile


For seven years, an area larger than the city of Madison has been rising by 10 inches per year. That rapid rise provides a major scientific opportunity: to explore a mega-volcano before it erupts. That effort, and the hazard posed by the restless...
1-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST

Computer Equal to or Better Than Humans at Cataloging Science

This year, a computer system developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison equaled or bested scientists at the complex task of extracting data from scientific publications and placing it in a database that catalogs the results of tens of...
1-Dec-2014 2:00 PM EST

Modeling the Past to Understand the Future of a Stronger El Nino

El Nino is not a contemporary phenomenon; it’s long been the Earth’s dominant source of year-to-year climate fluctuation. But as the climate warms and the feedbacks that drive the cycle change, researchers want to know how El Nino will respond....
24-Nov-2014 1:00 PM EST

Grasshoppers Signal Slow Recovery of Post-Agricultural Woodlands, Study Finds

By comparing grasshoppers found at woodland sites once used for agriculture to similar sites never disturbed by farming, UW-Madison Philip Hahn and John Orrock show that despite decades of recovery, the numbers and types of species found in each...
24-Nov-2014 3:20 PM EST

Flower Links Civil War, Natural History and ‘the Blood of Heroes’


On August 14, 1864, in a Union Army camp in Georgia, a captain from Wisconsin plucked a plant, pressed it onto a sheet of paper, wrote a letter describing the plant as "certainly the most interesting specimen I ever saw," and sent it with the plant...
24-Nov-2014 2:05 PM EST

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New MOOCs to Focus on Environmental and Community Themes

It was Aldo Leopold — the 20th century conservationist, father of wildlife management and former University of Wisconsin faculty member, who once said, “There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other and the relation...
1-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Made-in-Wisconsin Atom Probe Assisted Dating of Oldest Piece of Earth


It's a scientific axiom: big claims require extra-solid evidence. So when University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience professor John Valley dated an ancient crystal to 4.4 billion years ago, skeptics questioned the dating. Then, in 2013, Valley's...
17-Apr-2014 11:00 AM EDT

‘Stem Cell Tourism’ Takes Advantage of Patients, Says Law Professor


Desperate patients are easy prey for unscrupulous clinics offering untested and risky stem cell treatments, says law and bioethics Professor Alta Charo of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is studying “stem cell tourism.”
24-Mar-2014 4:00 PM EDT

UW-Madison Offers Olympics Experts

23-Jul-2012 11:00 AM EDT

Extreme Heat Raises Climate Change Questions, Concerns

The recent heat wave baking much of the country has prompted many people to ask: Is this due to climate change?
5-Jul-2012 4:05 PM EDT

Higgs Boson Announcement Advisory

3-Jul-2012 10:20 AM EDT

Japan Experts

Hundreds are confirmed dead and thousands without shelter or power after an earthquake of 8.9 magnitude, and resulting tsunami, near the Japanese island of Honshu. These University of Wisconsin-Madison experts can provide context and analysis for...
11-Mar-2011 5:00 PM EST

Social Security Expert: Modest Changes Could Protect Vulnerable Populations

University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist Pamela Herd has been a scholar of Social Security for more than a decade, but her most poignant lesson may have come from her own mother's experience last fall.
26-Feb-2009 4:20 PM EST

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