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  • Photo: Aerial shot of UW-Madison campus UW 2020: New VCRGE program to support early stage research July 28, 2015 In an effort to create a dynamic new funding mechanism for bold research ideas, ideas with potential to drive significant discoveries, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE), with support from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), is teeing up a new program to seed potentially groundbreaking research.
  • Photo: John Doebley 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.
  • Photo: Catalina Toma 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.
  • Photo: Bas Rokers 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.
  • Photo: Antenna on USS Theodore Roosevelt Smaller and smarter antennas for military use July 23, 2015 When it comes to protecting the men and women of the armed forces, University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Nader Behdad focuses his work on an obstacle most people wouldn't associate with combat: the physical limitations of low-frequency antennas.
  • Photo: Aaron Heller Keeping up that positive feeling: the science of savoring emotions July 22, 2015 Savoring a beautiful sunset and the positive emotions associated with it can contribute to improved well-being, according to research. But why and how are some people better than others in keeping the feeling alive?
  • Photo: Gary Lupyan Words jump-start vision, psychologist’s study shows July 21, 2015 Cognitive scientists have come to view the brain as a prediction machine, constantly comparing what is happening around us to expectations based on experience - and considering what should happen next.
  • Photo: James Gerken Molecular fuel cell catalysts hold promise for efficient energy storage July 15, 2015 In the quest for better, less expensive ways to store and use energy, platinum and other precious metals play an important role. They serve as catalysts to propel the most efficient fuel cells, but they are costly and rare.
  • Dietary intervention primes triple-negative breast cancer for targeted therapy July 14, 2015 A diet that starves triple-negative breast cancer cells of an essential nutrient primes the cancer cells to be more easily killed by a targeted antibody treatment, UW Carbone Cancer Center scientists report in a recent publication.
  • Photo: Polling booths Election turnout research wins national award July 14, 2015 An article by four University of Wisconsin-Madison professors on the effects of election laws to make voting more convenient and increase turnout has received a national award.
  • Photo: Ronald Raines Cancer discovery links experimental vaccine and biological treatment July 13, 2015 A new study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has linked two seemingly unrelated cancer treatments that are both now being tested in clinical trials.
  • Nanoscale light-emitting device has big profile July 13, 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created a nanoscale device that can emit light as powerfully as an object 10,000 times its size. It's an advance that could have huge implications for everything from photography to solar power.
  • Photo: Thomas Kuech Catalyzing materials research across Wisconsin July 10, 2015 Throughout the University of Wisconsin System, there is a wealth of materials expertise, equipment and research facilities - but connecting those resources across campuses and between academia and industry often depends on serendipity and informally built connections.
  • Photo: Large Hadron Collider As giant physics machine restarts, essential role for UW continues July 10, 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison takes pride in the process of "sifting and winnowing, by which alone the truth can be found." So it makes poetic sense, says Wesley Smith, that he, as a UW-Madison physicist, is overseeing the ultrafast sifting and winnowing procedure for the CMS (compact muon solenoid) experiment, one of two general purpose detectors at history's largest scientific project, the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Image: Map of Ag Research Stations UW-Madison Agricultural Research Station field days for 2015 season July 10, 2015 Each year, UW-Madison's Agricultural Research Stations host more than a dozen public field days throughout the growing season to share research updates and educational information with agricultural professionals, home gardeners and other interested people. Below is a list of this season's field days. Events are free unless noted otherwise.
  • Photo: James Alex Bonus Study finds violent video games provide quick stress relief, but at a price July 9, 2015 A study authored by two University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students indicates that while playing video games can improve mood, violent games may increase aggressive outcomes.
  • Photo: Students in Fab Lab Gift to Morgridge Institute ‘Fab Lab’ to boost medical device innovations July 8, 2015 A gift to the Morgridge Institute for Research will help spur medical device innovations coming directly from doctors - the people who know firsthand where the advances are needed.
  • Photo: Jill McDermott UW-Madison collaboration promotes well-being in the workplace July 6, 2015 Standing in front of a room of business professionals, Jill McDermott shares a number: two quadrillion - the number of megabytes of information broadcast daily. She pauses to let the audience reflect on how this inundation of information contributes to distractions in the workplace that can chip away at a person's well-being and ability to respond to daily challenges, whether it's giving projects the attention they deserve or shaking off a setback or conflict with a colleague.
  • Photo: Laura Kiessling Protein Suggests a New Strategy to Thwart Infection July 6, 2015 The newfound ability of a protein of the intestines and lungs to distinguish between human cells and the cells of bacterial invaders could underpin new strategies to fight infections.
  • 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.