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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: 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.
  • Northern Lights Tour: Wisconsin science hits the road July 20, 2015 Science will light up the night in northern Wisconsin this summer as scientists and educators from UW-Madison and UW-Extension hit the road for the first Northern Lights Tour, a five-stop exposition of research with local and regional impact.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • One hot idea: Thermal spray makes metal better June 24, 2015 A company spawned by an experiment on lawn mower blades has mushroomed into a national leader in high-temperature coatings that alter the surface properties of metal.
  • Neutron star’s echoes give astronomers a new measuring stick June 23, 2015 In late 2013, when the neutron star at the heart of one of our galaxy’s oddest supernovae gave off a massive burst of X-rays, the resulting echoes — created when the X-rays bounced off clouds of dust in interstellar space — yielded a surprising new measuring stick for astronomers.
  • Photo: Su-Chun Zhang Stem cell expert: Bart Starr treatment shows need for rigorous trials in U.S. June 19, 2015 The news that legendary Green Bay Packer quarterback Bart Starr has undergone stem cell therapy to recover from a stroke has raised the profile for a promising but unproven regenerative treatment intended to replace dead neurons with live ones.
  • Collaboration with Wisconsin plastics manufacturer yields industry and research advances June 10, 2015 For University of Wisconsin-Madison plastics engineer Tim Osswald, the Wisconsin Idea is about taking the extra step: taking research out of the lab.
  • Photo: Xinyu Zhao Fragile X proteins involved in proper neuron development June 10, 2015 Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. Unlocking the mechanisms behind fragile X could make important revelations about the brain.
  • Drinkwater, Greenberg to fill research leadership posts June 9, 2015 Norman Drinkwater, a UW-Madison professor of oncology, and Jan Greenberg, a UW-Madison professor of social work, have been named associate vice chancellors in the Office of Research and Graduate Education. Greenberg will lead the area of social studies while Drinkwater will lead the biological sciences.