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Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere’s oxygen?

December 30, 2016

“Why is there oxygen in the atmosphere?" asks researcher Shanan Peters. The high school explanation is 'photosynthesis.' But we’ve known for a long time ... that building up oxygen requires the formation of rocks like black shale."

Heat-activated penile implant might restore sexual function in men with E.D.

December 28, 2016

Brian Le, a UW urologist with a background in materials science, estimates that the device — if it continues to reach its research milestones — could come to market in five to 10 years.

Ocean temperatures faithfully recorded in mother-of-pearl

December 16, 2016

Mother-of-pearl or nacre (pronounced nay-ker), the lustrous, tough-as-nails biomineral that lines some seashells, has been shown to be a faithful record of ancient ocean temperature.

Report shows much room for improvement in Wisconsin’s health

December 16, 2016

The report by researchers at the UW Population Health Institute gives Wisconsin a grade of B– for overall health, and warns that we are falling behind other states.

Novel catalysts improve path to more sustainable plastics production

December 2, 2016

The second most-produced organic chemical in the world, propene is a key component of plastics found in consumer goods such as electronics, clothing and food packaging.

Magnetic brain stimulation can bring back stowed memories

December 1, 2016

The lab of Brad Postle, a psychology professor at UW–Madison, is challenging the idea that working memory remembers things through sustained brain activity.

Study shows many lakes getting murkier, but gives hope for improvement

November 30, 2016

While water clarity in most Wisconsin lakes has not changed in 20 years, researchers say the fact that more lakes are getting worse signals there is work to be done.

Food scientist aiding fuel ethanol with new engineered bacteria

November 28, 2016

James Steele’s new company, Lactic Solutions, is advancing a judo-like remedy: using genetic engineering to transform enemy into friend.

Cancer signaling pathway could illuminate new avenue to therapy

November 23, 2016

The study could establish new avenues of therapeutic treatments for many types of solid tumors.

Nurses keep hospital patients moving with help from UW researchers

November 22, 2016

UW–Madison School of Nursing researchers set out to get hospital patients on their feet and walking — movement that could drastically change the shape in which they leave the hospital. They found success in a 13-week pilot study with the help of nurses in a unit at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

New research looks at fallout from posting embarrassing moments on social media

November 16, 2016

While social media sites may offer positive opportunities to engage with friends, share information and expand our social networks, these online platforms may also become a place where past mistakes, missteps, or embarrassing moments become fodder for discussion in the public domain.

Variable tree growth after fire protects forests from future bark beetle outbreaks

November 7, 2016

Researchers say forest managers may want to consider promoting this natural variability to help protect forests from the insects.

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery director search narrows to 5

November 1, 2016

“The level of interest in the WID director position was outstanding and generated a strong pool of applicants,” says search committee chair Paul Ahlquist.

Alumnus’s startup seeks more precise screening for prostate cancer

October 26, 2016

Success will take years, but if the noninvasive screening test works, it could aid in early detection of a cancer that kills about 26,000 American men every year.