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University of Wisconsin-Madison Museums Recreate ‘Cabinet of Natural History’ Digitally


In 1849, the Board of Regents of the new University of Wisconsin directed the curation of the state’s plants, animals and minerals in a “cabinet of natural history.” Now, that founding piece of scientific inquiry is re-forming — digitally. A...
1-Sep-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Magnetic Fields in Distant Galaxy Are New Piece of Cosmic Puzzle


Astronomers have measured magnetic fields in a galaxy 4.6 billion light-years away — a big clue to understanding how magnetic fields formed and evolved over cosmic time.
30-Aug-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Coral Skeletons May Resist the Effects of Acidifying Oceans


Coral skeletons are the building blocks of diverse coral reef ecosystems, which has led to increasing concern over how these key species will cope with warming and acidifying oceans that threaten their stability. New research provides evidence that...
25-Aug-2017 1:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Microbes Compete for Nutrients, Affect Metabolism, Development in Mice


If our microbiome overindulges, we might not have access to the nutrients we need. That’s the suggestion from new research conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Federico Rey’s group that shows mice that harbor high levels of...
25-Aug-2017 3:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Amid Environmental Change, Lakes Surprisingly Static


In recent decades, change has defined our environment in the United States. But, says a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study, while those changes usually result in poor water quality, lakes have surprisingly stayed the same.
23-Aug-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Charles Bentley, Pioneering UW-Madison Glaciologist Who Measured West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Dies


Charles R. Bentley, an intrepid University of Wisconsin-Madison glaciologist and geophysicist who was among the first scientists to measure the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the late 1950s, died Aug. 19 in Oakland, California. He was 87.
23-Aug-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Canary in a Coal Mine: Survey Captures Global Picture of Air Pollution’s Effects on Birds

Writing Aug. 11 in the journal Environmental Research Letters, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Tracey Holloway, an expert on air quality, and her former graduate student Olivia Sanderfoot, sort through nearly 70 years of the scientific...
11-Aug-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Attitudes on Human Genome Editing Vary, but All Agree Conversation Is Necessary

In a study published Aug. 11 in the journal Science, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Temple University assessed what people in the United States think about the uses of human genome editing and how their attitudes may drive...
10-Aug-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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UW-Madison Bioethicist Co-Chairs Gene Editing Study


R. Alta Charo, a professor of law and longtime student of the regulation and ethics of biotechnology, was named co-chair of a study committee established Nov. 12 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to look into the...
13-Nov-2015 11:05 AM EST

UW Experts: Census Bureau’s Annual ‘Poverty Numbers’ Provide Good News

The new “poverty numbers” from the U.S. Census Bureau reflect some good news for the nation’s antipoverty efforts, according to UW–Madison experts.
18-Sep-2015 11:05 AM EDT

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

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