Ideas and Discoveries
UW-Madison engineers contribute expertise to Oshkosh Corporation
Aug. 27, 2015
When mechanical engineering Professor Dan Negrut took his first ride in Oshkosh Corporation’s new, highly mobile armored truck in July, he marveled at the vehicle’s capabilities.
Report: Bicycling deaths have decreased, but adults remain at elevated risk
Aug. 20, 2015
Overall rates for U.S. biking deaths decreased 44 percent from 1975 to 2012, according to a new report published Aug. 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and led by Jason Vargo, an assistant scientist with UW-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Global Health Institute.
Novel Morgridge technology may illuminate mystery moon caves
Aug. 14, 2015
It's widely believed that the moon features networks of caves created when violent lava flows tore under the surface from ancient volcanoes. Some craters may actually be "skylights" where cave ceilings have crumbled.
Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientists think
Aug. 13, 2015
Koko the gorilla is best known for a lifelong study to teach her a silent form of communication, American Sign Language. But some of the simple sounds she has learned may change the perception that humans are the only primates with the capacity for speech.
Researchers study Wisconsin’s deepest lake to help preserve ‘an ecological jewel’
Aug. 10, 2015
UW-Madison researchers have teamed up with community leaders to analyze Green Lake, Wisconsin's deepest natural inland lake and a crucial habitat for lake trout and other cold water species.
“Happy Days Study” meets the microbiome
Aug. 6, 2015
For almost 60 years, the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) has closely followed the life course of roughly a third of Wisconsin high school graduates from the class of 1957.
Inside story: How a patient got her wish, and a video went viral
Aug. 4, 2015
My first hint that our UW Carbone Center video had gone viral came early in the morning, when my husband shook me awake to tell me my phones had broken. Both cell phones were dinging, buzzing and skittering around the kitchen table like demented cockroaches.
UW study shows how a kernel got naked and corn became king
July 27, 2015
Ten thousand years ago, a golden grain got naked, brought people together and grew to become one of the top agricultural commodities on the planet.
The couple who Facebooks together, stays together
July 24, 2015
Becoming "Facebook official" is a milestone in modern romance, and new research suggests that activities on the popular social networking site are connected to whether those relationships last.
Researchers pinpoint where the brain unites our eyes’ double vision
July 23, 2015
If you have two working eyes, you are live streaming two images of the world into your brain. Your brain combines the two to produce a view of the world that appears as though you had a single eye - like the Cyclops from Greek mythology.
Chazen becomes a resource for more than just art
July 21, 2015
As Russell Panczenko discusses the ways in which people use the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art, the word “comfortable” comes up frequently – particularly in reference to students and visitors who are not art historians.
More complex Atticus Finch can lead to important discussions, says UW English professor
July 14, 2015
When readers think of Atticus Finch, they think of the virtuous lawyer from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” brought to life in the movie by Gregory Peck. But in “Go Set a Watchman,” Harper Lee’s just-released sequel, Atticus is depicted as an aging racist who has attended a Ku Klux Klan meeting and denounces desegregation — a far cry from the hero his daughter Scout looked up to — not to mention the more than 40 million people who bought the book.
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.