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  • Photo: Cryptococcus spore An ounce of prevention: Research advances on ‘scourge’ of transplant wards Aug. 27, 2015 The fungus Cryptococcus causes meningitis, a brain disease that kills about 1 million people each year - mainly those with impaired immune systems due to AIDS, cancer treatment or an organ transplant. It's difficult to treat because fungi are genetically quite similar to humans, so compounds that affect fungi tend to have toxic side effects for patients.
  • 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.
  • Photo: Hobbyists sailing model boats Communities have turned to water resources program for 50 years Aug. 25, 2015 Lake Marion is a shallow sliver of a lake on the edge of Mazomanie, Wisconsin. Created in the 1850s by a dam that fed a nearby mill, the lake has become a valuable aquatic habitat and a popular bass fishing spot for locals.
  • Boundless Together: The research behind the commercial Aug. 24, 2015 A new commercial for UW-Madison will premier during the season-opening Badger football game on Aug. 5. Learn more about the cutting-edge research highlighted in the spot.
  • Photo: Charles Heise Wireless microcamera clusters broaden laparoscopic imaging Aug. 21, 2015 A revolutionary integrated imaging system under development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison could significantly advance laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that, over the last half century, has seen only incremental improvements in imaging.
  • Illustration: Representation of neutrino event New data from Antarctic detector firms up cosmic neutrino sighting Aug. 20, 2015 Researchers using the IceCube Neutrino Observatory have sorted through the billions of subatomic particles that zip through its frozen cubic-kilometer-sized detector each year to gather powerful new evidence in support of 2013 observations confirming the existence of cosmic neutrinos.
  • Photo: WARF building Fall Competition aims to set standard for research excellence Aug. 18, 2015 In addition to the recently announced UW2020 research funding initiative, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education is continuing its longstanding Fall Competition for research funding.
  • 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.
  • Photo: Plate of yeast species More details on origin of world's favorite beer-making microbe Aug. 13, 2015 The crucial genetic mashup that spawned the yeast that brews the vast majority of beer occurred at least twice - and both times without human help - according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study published Aug. 11 in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.
  • Photo: Graphene nanoribbon Discovery in growing graphene nanoribbons could enable faster, more efficient electronics Aug. 11, 2015 Graphene, an atom-thick material with extraordinary properties, is a promising candidate for the next generation of dramatically faster, more energy-efficient electronics. However, scientists have struggled to fabricate the material into ultra-narrow strips, called nanoribbons, that could enable the use of graphene in high-performance semiconductor electronics.
  • “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.
  • Photo: Mark Anderson UW leading $2.6 million effort to improve solar power plants Aug. 5, 2015 The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.6 million to a research collaboration led by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering physics research Professor Mark Anderson that aims to advance the technology of utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) plants.
  • Photo: Adrienne Shelton Student organic seed enthusiasts to gather in Madison Aug. 4, 2015 While organic foods are popular among consumers, the organics segment remains a lonely field for future plant breeders. At many of the universities that offer graduate programs in plant breeding, for instance, there are only a handful of students focused on developing better fruit, vegetable and field crop varieties for organic farming systems.
  • Photo: Judith Kimble Obama taps UW-Madison biochemist to head science medal panel Aug. 4, 2015 President Barack Obama has named University of Wisconsin-Madison biochemistry Professor Judith Kimble to chair the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science.
  • UW engineers use ‘CRISPR’ technology to locate crucial protein in stem cell survival Aug. 3, 2015 In a multidisciplinary effort, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has identified a protein that is integral to the survival and self-renewal processes of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.