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Humans may be reversing the climate clock, by 50 million years

Our future on Earth may also be our past. In a study published Monday (Dec. 10, 2018) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers show that humans are reversing a long-term cooling trend tracing back at least 50 million...
6-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Forget ‘needle in a haystack.’ Try finding an invasive species in a lake.

When the tiny and invasive spiny water flea began appearing in UW–Madison researchers’ nets in 2009, scientists began to wonder how Lake Mendota, one of the most-studied lakes in the world, went from flea-free to infested seemingly overnight,...
4-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Switching identities: Revolutionary insulator-like material also conducts electricity

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers have made a material that can transition from an electricity-transmitting metal to a nonconducting insulating material without changing its atomic structure.
27-Nov-2018 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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It’s not a shock: Better bandage promotes powerful healing

A new, low-cost wound dressing developed by University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers could dramatically speed up healing in a surprising way. The method leverages energy generated from a patient’s own body motions to apply gentle electrical...
29-Nov-2018 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Discovery opens new opportunities to slow or reverse MS

Nerve cells stripped of their insulation can no longer carry vital information, leading to the numbness, weakness and vision problems often associated with multiple sclerosis. A new study shows an overlooked source may be able to replace that lost...
27-Nov-2018 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Venom Shape Untangles Scorpion Family Tree

University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists have made a fresh attempt to untangle the scorpion family tree using not the shape and structure of the arachnids’ bodies, but the shape of their venom.
13-Nov-2018 1:15 PM EST Add to Favorites

Beneficial Gut Bacteria Metabolize Fiber to Improve Heart Health in Mice

In support of a microbial connection between fiber and heart health, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have identified a particular fatty acid as the mechanism behind certain protective effects of a high-fiber diet in a mouse...
12-Nov-2018 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Broad genome analysis shows yeasts evolving by subtraction

An unprecedented comparison of hundreds of species of yeasts has helped geneticists brew up an expansive picture of their evolution over the last hundreds of millions of years, including an analysis of the way they evolved individual appetites for...
6-Nov-2018 4:05 PM EST 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

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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

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‘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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