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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’

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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

Halting the Hijacker: Cellular Targets to Thwart Influenza Virus Infection

In a comprehensive new study published today in the journal Cell Host and Microbe, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Yoshihiro Kawaoka and a team of researchers have revealed methods for thwarting influenza viruses by shutting down the...
20-Nov-2014 1:00 PM EST

Imagination, Reality Flow in Opposite Directions in the Brain

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As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality. Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who...
20-Nov-2014 1:00 PM EST

Crops Play a Major Role in the Annual CO2 Cycle Increase

In a study published Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Nature, scientists at Boston University, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and McGill University show that a...
19-Nov-2014 4:00 PM EST

Scientists Get to the Heart of Fool's Gold as a Solar Material

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As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite could do the...
18-Nov-2014 4:00 PM EST

New Study Shows Possible Link Between Asthma and Cardiovascular Disease

Asthma that requires daily medication is associated with a significantly higher risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).
17-Nov-2014 4:00 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

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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

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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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