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  • Mouse intestine New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut July 24, 2014 A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases.
  • Tom Mohs Wisconsin plastics industry has roots in modest, multitalented UW-Madison professor July 24, 2014 “The Graduate” is a running joke in the plastics industry. In that 1967 Dustin Hoffman movie, a character famously — and accurately — summarized the future in one word: “Plastics.” The movie may have been influential, but Tom Mohs, founder of the Madison plastics manufacturer Placon, says he owes nothing to it. “I was already buying my second thermoforming machine when the movie came out,” says Mohs. “No, I owe it to Ron Daggett.”
  • Archaeology at Trempealeau Town meets gown to explore Wisconsin’s Trempealeau mounds July 23, 2014 Why did migrants from Cahokia, the large mound city near St. Louis, move to the present-day village of Trempealeau in western Wisconsin to build flat-topped mounds about 1,000 years ago? That question has intrigued Danielle Benden, senior curator in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology, for more than a decade.
  • The Wonders of Physics The Wonders of Physics to hold special event Aug. 15 July 22, 2014 The Wonders of Physics, a long-running science outreach effort at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will host a special preview of its new presentation, “The Physics of Plasma,” as part of a fundraising event Aug. 15.
  • Waste containment site UW researchers create safe, resistant material to store waste July 18, 2014 Storing industrial waste has never been a pretty job, and it's getting harder.
  • Photo: Aaron Olver Olver to lead University Research Park July 16, 2014 Aaron Olver, a former secretary of the state Department of Commerce and head of Madison’s economic development division, has been hired as managing director of University Research Park (URP).
  • Photo: Asian 'crazy worm' Hungry, invasive ‘crazy worm’ makes first appearance in Wisconsin July 15, 2014 Wisconsin's newest invasive species has done its best to stay underground, but the voracious, numerous and mysterious Asian crazy worm has emerged for the first time in the state on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Photo: Bored cylinders in an open engine block are pictured at the Caterpillar Engine Lab Best-ever efficiency points to clean, green gas-diesel engine July 15, 2014 The one-cylinder test engine in the basement of a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab is connected to a life-support system of pipes, tubes, ducts and cables. You might think that the engine resembles a patient in intensive care, but in this case, the patient is not sick. Instead, the elaborate monitoring system shows that the engine can convert 59.5 percent of the chemical energy in its fuel into motion — significantly better than the 52 percent maximum in modern diesel truck engines.
  • Photo: Igor Slukvin Wisconsin scientists find genetic recipe to turn stem cells to blood July 14, 2014 The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step closer to reality. Writing today (July 14, 2014) in the journal Nature Communications, a group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin reports the discovery of two genetic programs responsible for taking blank-slate stem cells and turning them into both red and the array of white cells that make up human blood.
  • Photo: Miron Livny Madison-based SWAMP, Secure Decisions partner to enhance software security July 9, 2014 Secure Decisions, a leading provider of assessment tools to enhance software security, is partnering with the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP) to build a powerful and publicly accessible resource to improve the software that drives everyday life.
  • Photo: Aniruddha A. Upadhye Aviation offers a way forward in biofuels research July 8, 2014 Biofuels researchers are increasingly thinking about how the energy market is changing, which challenges them to balance the basic science of new fuels with a more holistic view of the most commercially viable ways to produce them. So when a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers began looking at how to make jet fuel from biomass, they also strived to create a "techno-economic" framework that would illuminate the entire biofuels field.
  • Three new studies to take a look at angles related to Wisconsin water July 7, 2014 Three new research projects, all based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will each take a look at a specific angle related to the state’s water supply and use, including one study specifically studying Madison’s water for the presence and effects of manganese.
  • Mind the gap: Socioeconomic status may influence understanding of science July 7, 2014 When it comes to science, socioeconomic status may widen confidence gaps among the least and most educated groups in society, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Science, Media and the Public research group.
  • Photo: Yoshihiro Kawaoka UW’s important influenza research conducted safely July 3, 2014 The UW-Madison Influenza Research Institute (IRI) has been safely conducting important influenza research since its opening at Research Park in 2008. However, press accounts of the results of recent studies as well as a biosafety incident at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta have brought IRI into the news.
  • Letter in response to 1 July 2014 article by Steve Connor in The Independent July 3, 2014 We write in response to The Independent’s science editor, Steve Connor’s article “Exclusive: Controversial US scientist creates deadly new flu strain for pandemic research” (1 July 2014). His article is irresponsible, alarmist, sensational and, in many instances, blatantly false.
  • UW’s important influenza research conducted safely July 2, 2014 The UW-Madison Influenza Research Institute (IRI) has been safely conducting important influenza research since its opening at Research Park in 2008.
  • UW, Madison schools team up to train mindfulness muscles July 1, 2014 Mindfulness practice in the classroom may be one way to help students improve their academic performance, nurture their emotional well-being and bolster their behavior.
  • Photo: Shakhashiri fireworks demonstration ‘Science is fun’ offers traditional July Fourth show July 1, 2014 Chemist and stage master Bassam Shakhashiri will present “Science and Fireworks: Sights and Sounds for Independence Day,” on the Memorial Union Terrace July 4.
  • Why Files website image Why Files recognized by school librarians June 30, 2014 The Why Files, an online science magazine published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison was honored as one of the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
  • Brian image Early life stress can leave lasting impacts on the brain June 27, 2014 For children, stress can go a long way. A little bit provides a platform for learning, adapting and coping. But a lot of it - chronic, toxic stress like poverty, neglect and physical abuse - can have lasting negative impacts.