Innovation

UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative proposals selected

July 26, 2016

Fourteen research and infrastructure projects with the potential to transform robotics, cancer treatment, data science and more have been selected. Research projects include efforts to grow new neurons to foil Parkinson’s disease and approaches to expand children’s vocabularies to make them better students.

Astronomy

Cataclysm at Meteor Crater: Crystal sheds light on Earth, moon, Mars

July 26, 2016

In molten sandstone extracted by prospectors a century ago, an international team of scientists has discovered microscopic crystals telling of unimaginable pressures and temperatures when a 12-kilometer asteroid formed Meteor Crater in northern Arizona some 49,000 years ago.

Health

Study: Working with others can help prevent Alzheimer’s

July 25, 2016

New research from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center shows that people whose jobs involve complex interactions with other people fare the best as their brains age. These include jobs that involve mentoring, negotiating or teaching.

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Hart Posen: Verizon buying Yahoo

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Agriculture

Happy hormone’s calcium connection may make cows and humans healthier

July 25, 2016

Serotonin is best known for eliciting feelings of happiness in the human brain, but scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have found the hormone plays a role in milk production in dairy cows — and may have health implications for breastfeeding women.