Ideas and Discoveries

  • Expert: Editing stem cell genes will “revolutionize” biomedical research July 2, 2015 Applying a dramatically improved method for "editing" genes to human stem cells, University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist Su-Chun Zhang has shown a new way to silence genes in stem cells and their progeny at any stage of development.
  • Art history students turn shopkeeper's ledger into Smithsonian exhibit June 30, 2015 A class of history students and their professor, Ann Smart Martin, are celebrating the July 1 opening of the American Enterprise exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., which was researched and curated by the UW-Madison team.
  • Driven to distraction: What causes cyberloafing at work? June 25, 2015 With the rise in virtual work teams, flexible work arrangements, and personal electronic devices in the workplace, the opportunities for cyberloafing — using the Internet for nonwork activities — are plentiful and creating serious problems for many businesses.
  • One hot idea: Thermal spray makes metal better June 24, 2015 A company spawned by an experiment on lawn mower blades has mushroomed into a national leader in high-temperature coatings that alter the surface properties of metal.
  • Neutron star’s echoes give astronomers a new measuring stick June 23, 2015 In late 2013, when the neutron star at the heart of one of our galaxy’s oddest supernovae gave off a massive burst of X-rays, the resulting echoes — created when the X-rays bounced off clouds of dust in interstellar space — yielded a surprising new measuring stick for astronomers.
  • GlovesOn program trains Wisconsin surgeons in latest operating techniques June 12, 2015 An innovative surgical training program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently hosted its 125th participant, making it one of the nation's most active surgical training programs for practicing surgeons - and the only program of its kind in the state.
  • Petri dish tumor test could personalize drug therapy for cancer patients June 11, 2015 In a highly successful, first-of-its-kind endeavor, a multidisciplinary team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has created a "tumor in a dish:" an ex vivo microenvironment that can accurately anticipate a multiple myeloma patient's response to a drug.
  • Collaboration with Wisconsin plastics manufacturer yields industry and research advances June 10, 2015 For University of Wisconsin-Madison plastics engineer Tim Osswald, the Wisconsin Idea is about taking the extra step: taking research out of the lab.
  • UW-Madison’s first enologist will aid wine and cider industry in Wisconsin June 8, 2015 Wisconsin is known for fermentation, like its cheese, craft beer and pickles. But it's also been working to add even more to that blossoming list: wine and cider. The Badger State's 110 wineries and commercial cider makers now have a new resource to help them compete: Nick Smith.
  • UW–Madison researcher wins Governor’s Business Plan Contest June 4, 2015 Katie Brenner, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her team of co-founders won the 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest in Madison Wednesday for an app-based device to help women monitor their fertility.
  • Family affair: Milwaukee electronics manufacturer is flying high May 28, 2015 From a distance of practically eight decades, Nathaniel Zelazo can smile about the failure of his first entrepreneurial venture. A Polish Jew who landed in New York in 1928 at age 10, he earned money for his schoolbooks peddling ice cream on the streets of Manhattan. "Needless to say, I had no license and got arrested," he recalls. "The guys in the same cell were killers and my liquid assets were melting."
  • A new kind of wood chip: collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips May 26, 2015 In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has collaborated with researchers in the Madison-based U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.
  • Starved for fire, Wisconsin’s pine barrens disappear May 26, 2015 A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was settled.
  • Made-in-Madison software helping fuel apps revolution May 22, 2015 About 15 months after it went live, software called Ionic is fueling the hottest trend in information technology: mobile apps.
  • Pasture partnership supports organic dairy farmers across Wisconsin May 19, 2015 In an effort to help improve the health of pastures owned by dairy farmers across Wisconsin and beyond, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have established a partnership with Organic Valley, the nation's largest organic farming cooperative, to study how to make pastures as productive, nutritious and sustainable as possible.
  • UW–Madison microgrids help power industry in Milwaukee May 19, 2015 On the same site in Milwaukee where the A. O. Smith Corporation once built airplane and auto parts for the military during both world wars, University of Wisconsin-Madison energy researchers are using state-of-the-art microgrid technology to help revitalize Milwaukee's power industry.
  • Brief alcohol screening misses mark for people who most need help, study says May 19, 2015 As screening for alcohol problems during doctor visits has become more mainstream, a new study published in the journal Addiction finds that the technique does not increase successful referrals to alcohol counseling and treatment.
  • Expert in computer science drives computer-security spinoff May 18, 2015 One illustrious career in computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison can be traced to an anxious mother, a cocktail party conversation, and a "dead boring" job - plus a fascination with low-level machine code, a subject that many computer scientists disdain.
  • Survey finds UW-Madison alumni starting companies across the state May 14, 2015 A survey just completed by the Wisconsin Alumni Association shows a substantial level of business startups among graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Photo of computer chip High-power laser spinoff proves versatility is strength April 13, 2015 Since lasers were invented in 1960, they have penetrated countless scientific, industrial and recreational fields: from eye surgery to DVD players, from cutting steel to triggering ignition in missile stages.