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  • Photo: SnowShoe Stamp held against smartphone UW-Madison startup marries digital, physical worlds April 24, 2015 A startup business that wants to link the realm of physical objects to the digital world of the Internet is basing its future on low-cost, highly engineered, one-of-a-kind plastic stamps.
  • Photo: Phil Barak with jars Business will implement new phosphorus recycling process in Midwest April 24, 2015 A University of Wisconsin-Madison startup is helping Midwest cities remove pollutants from wastewater through a new process that will benefit local farmers, too.
  • Photo: Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma Compact UV lasers could identify substances from a distance April 24, 2015 For soldiers in the field, the ability to identify an object or substance based on how it responds to light could mean the difference between life and death. They could, for example, determine from a safe distance if an approaching person or vehicle is carrying an explosive device or dangerous biological agent.
  • Photo: Empty vial for blood sample In Sierra Leone, a chance to learn from Ebola April 23, 2015 When Yoshihiro Kawaoka and members of his research team first arrived in Sierra Leone in December 2014, the consistent wail of ambulance sirens was a frightening reminder that the Ebola virus was there, too.
  • Softwood elements Engineered softwood could transform pulp, paper and biofuel industries April 21, 2015 Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could improve the economics of the pulp, paper and biofuels industries and reduce those industries' environmental impact.
  • Photo: Albee Messing Messing named director of Waisman Center April 21, 2015 Albee Messing, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of comparative biosciences and an international leader in research on Alexander disease, has been named director of the Waisman Center, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden announced April 14.
  • Photo: Paula Niedenthal Deep national history of immigration predicts wide cultural comfort displaying emotion April 20, 2015 People who live in countries built on centuries of migration from a wide range of other countries are more emotionally expressive than people in more insular cultures, according to research led by University of Wisconsin–Madison psychology Professor Paula Niedenthal.
  • Photo: Chemical phase map Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future April 20, 2015 In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride.
  • Faster, smaller, cheaper: Technique could speed biologic drugs April 20, 2015 Antibodies are specific molecules that can lock onto a particular cellular structure to start, stop or otherwise temper a biological process. Because they are so specific, antibodies are at the forefront of drug discovery. So drug companies want a faster route to step one: identifying which of the millions of possible antibodies will work against molecules that cause disease.
  • New developments in Midwestern canine influenza outbreak April 17, 2015 Canine influenza outbreak
  • Photo: Lee and Brian Mattmiller Patent office director offers views on intellectual property, diversity April 16, 2015 The director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office spent Wednesday conversing with the UW-Madison community about the opportunities and challenges of intellectual property protection.
  • Dervan, Leopold, Linton and Splinter to receive honorary degrees in May April 15, 2015 A research chemist, a pioneering second-generation conservationist and two leaders who combine business and technological innovation will be the recipients of honorary degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May.
  • Photo: David Lynn New materials repel oil underwater, could better clean up oil spills April 15, 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have announced a significant step forward in the development of materials that can ward off oil - a discovery that could lead to new protective coatings and better approaches to cleaning up oil spills.
  • Photo: Michelle Lee Patent office director visits for discussion about innovation and opportunity April 14, 2015 UW-Madison, a world leader in producing patents, will welcome Michelle K. Lee, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on Wednesday for a tour of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery and discussion of the future of intellectual property and innovation.
  • Tests show Midwestern canine flu outbreak stems from new strain April 13, 2015 Canine flu outbreak
  • 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.
  • Photo: Song Jin Solution-grown nanowires make the best lasers April 13, 2015 Take a material that is a focus of interest in the quest for advanced solar cells. Discover a "freshman chemistry level" technique for growing that material into high-efficiency, ultra-small lasers. The result, disclosed today [Monday, April 13] in Nature Materials, is a shortcut to lasers that are extremely efficient and able to create many colors of light.
  • Leafcutter ants Science meets art: 2015 Cool Science Images unveiled April 9, 2015 Whether a close-up of a leafcutter ant, or a micrograph of the neurons derived from marmoset stem cells, or an MRI of the hidden pathways in the human brain, submissions to UW-Madison’s 2015 Cool Science Image Contest continue to put science and nature on eye-catching display.
  • UW scientists find key link in cold-virus picture April 8, 2015 Researchers at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) have made a key discovery about a cold-causing virus that is strongly associated with severe asthma attacks.
  • Two receive awards for research to benefit children April 7, 2015 Two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have received three-year Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards to support research into fungal disease and therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).