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Cell Transplant Treats Parkinson's in Mice Under Control of Designer Drug

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A University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist has inserted a genetic switch into nerve cells so a patient can alter their activity by taking designer drugs that would not affect any other cell. The cells in question are neurons and make the...
26-Apr-2016 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Simpler Fertility Test Invented by UW-Madison Researchers

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Like many would-be parents, Katie Brenner was advised to select the optimum time for conception based on blood and/or urine tests. Brenner developed a quick, saliva-based method for measuring progesterone and estrogen and sending the results to a...
28-Apr-2016 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Experimental Drug Cancels Effect From Key Intellectual Disability Gene in Mice

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A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher who studies the most common genetic intellectual disability has used an experimental drug to reverse — in mice — damage from the mutation that causes the syndrome. The condition, called fragile X, has...
22-Apr-2016 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Rare Ice Data Collected by Early ‘Citizen Scientists’ Confirms Warming Since Industrial Revolution

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In 1442, 50 years before Columbus “sailed the ocean blue,” Shinto priests in Japan began keeping records of the annual freeze dates of a nearby lake. Along a Finnish river, starting in 1693, local merchants recorded the date the ice broke up...
26-Apr-2016 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Madison-Made Electrolyte Going Big at Global Battery Manufacturer

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Silatronix, a University of Wisconsin-Madison startup that has invented a safer electrolyte for the lithium-ion batteries used in phones, laptops and tablets, says its formulation has survived several years of evaluation and is now moving into pilot...
25-Apr-2016 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Antenna Design Turns Entire Vehicles Into Broadcasting Equipment

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High-frequency antennas transmit radio waves across vast distances and even over mountain ranges using very little energy, making them ideal for military communications. These devices, however, have one big problem: They need to be huge to operate...
25-Apr-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

New Material Combines Useful, Typically Incompatible Properties

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Most materials, too, are capable of being only one thing at a time, but a team of engineers and physicists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have created an entirely new material in which completely contradictory properties can coexist.
20-Apr-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

With Simple Process, UW–Madison Engineers Fabricate Fastest Flexible Silicon Transistor

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One secret to creating the world's fastest silicon-based flexible transistors: a very, very tiny knife. Working in collaboration with colleagues around the country, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have pioneered a unique method that could...
20-Apr-2016 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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UW-Madison Bioethicist Co-Chairs Gene Editing Study

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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

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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

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