Category Science & Technology

First, but not last, algae bloom spells danger for Madison swimmers, fish

June 26, 2017

Steve Carpenter couldn’t believe the view from his second-floor office on the shoreline of Lake Mendota. As far as he could see, the still water looked just like teal-blue paint.

Peanut family secret for making chemical building blocks revealed

June 26, 2017

As you bite into your next peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chew on this: The peanut you’re eating has a secret.

By far, men garner most coveted speaking slots at virology meetings

June 23, 2017

Two UW–Madison researchers have confirmed that, at four prominent virology meetings, men were overwhelmingly represented as speakers.

2017 rural summer science camp spans Wisconsin landscape

June 23, 2017

For two weeks in July, more than 50 Wisconsin rural high school students and 10 teachers will converge on Madison to get a taste of stem cell science, rubbing elbows in labs with some of the world’s leading researchers in regenerative medicine.

Directory of resources for researchers now available

June 20, 2017

“This is the first centralized, publicly searchable directory of shared research resources, services and cores at UW–Madison,” explains Marsha Mailick, vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

Students unveil second version of BadgerLoop pod

June 19, 2017

A team of students revealed their in-progress design for the BadgerLoop Pod II during an event held for media, sponsors and supporters at the UW–Madison Mechanical Engineering Building lobby.

Class analysis gives initial green light to green energy in Waterloo

June 14, 2017

A “capstone class” taught at the Wisconsin Energy Institute is helping the Wisconsin city of Waterloo evaluate whether it could generate all its electricity from renewable sources on city-owned land.

New course will teach students how to fly drones, collect data

June 12, 2017

This summer, the UW–Madison College of Engineering added a new way for students to navigate the skies: a course on drones.

Like valium for fish? UW–Madison discovery aims to solve stress in fish farms

June 12, 2017

A University of Wisconsin–Madison group that discovered a way to improve survival in fish farms has begun to unravel the mechanism behind their unexpected finding.

Finding useful chemicals from fungi, faster

June 12, 2017

Fungi are rich sources of natural molecules for drug discovery, but many challenges have pushed pharmaceutical companies away from tapping into this bounty. Now scientists …

Machine learning can detect a genetic disorder from speech recordings

June 12, 2017

Researchers accurately identified individuals with a genetic condition known as fragile X premutation, linked to neurodegenerative disorders, infertility or having a child with fragile X syndrome.

Five finalists in Governor’s Business Plan Contest have UW–Madison ties

June 7, 2017

Five of the 13 finalists in the 2017 Governor’s Business Plan Contest have roots at UW–Madison. A business that makes an assist device to orient firefighters in smoky fire scenes won.

Celestial boondocks: Study supports the idea that we live in a void

June 6, 2017

An undergraduate's work confirms we live in a hole in the cosmos, and sheds light on how we measure the rate at which the universe is expanding.

WARF and UW–Madison ranked sixth among universities in U.S. utility patents in 2016

June 6, 2017

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), which serves as the designated patent management organization for the University of Wisconsin–Madison, moved up to sixth place among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities which were granted U.S. utility patents in 2016.

Rediscovered mosses document changing Wisconsin landscape

June 2, 2017

The Wisconsin State Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has discovered a collection of more than 2,000 mosses from the turn of the 20th century, lost to time in a cabinet inside Birge Hall, where the herbarium is housed.

$1M grant to boost engineering education at College of Menominee Nation

June 1, 2017

A $1 million grant will help the College of Menominee Nation and UW–Madison enhance their collaboration and ultimately educate more Native students in STEM disciplines.