Category Science & Technology

Schauer leads COVID-19 testing efforts at hygiene lab

May 22, 2020

James Schauer holds a unique position as both an air pollution expert and a leader in the state’s response to the pandemic.

40 years and counting, NOAA renews partnership with UW

May 22, 2020

CIMSS is recognized internationally for its satellite expertise, spanning geostationary and polar-orbiting platforms. This network of satellites forms the backbone of a global observing system developed to monitor our planet and ensure public safety.

Storing carbon dioxide underground may be feasible for helping achieve climate goals

May 22, 2020

A new study shows that underground reservoirs currently have capacity to store enough atmospheric carbon dioxide to limit planetary warming to under two degrees Celsius (35.6 degrees Fahrenheit) relative to pre-Industrial temperatures by the year 2100.

Teaching machine learning to check senses may avoid sophisticated attacks

May 21, 2020

One approach is to make the algorithms multi-modal. Instead of a self-driving car relying solely on object-recognition to identify a stop sign, it can use other sensors to cross-check results.

Nanomaterial bests all others in blocking speeding projectiles

May 21, 2020

In the future, these new types of armor could potentially be used as a shield on military vehicles to provide enhanced protection from bullets, as well as on spacecraft to mitigate impacts from meteorite debris.

Long-term data show hurricanes are getting stronger

May 18, 2020

In almost every region of the world where hurricanes form, their maximum sustained winds are getting stronger. A warming planet may be fueling the increase.

How should journalists cover coronavirus preprint studies?

May 11, 2020

Headlines that don’t stand up to scrutiny are among the perils of writing about scientific articles that have not yet undergone peer review by experts in the field, says emerita Professor Sharon Dunwoody.

Promising research projects win funding

May 7, 2020

Twelve projects have been chosen for the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative. The goal is to stimulate groundbreaking research and acquire equipment that will foster significant scientific advances.

In uncertain times, you can lean on rocks … and The Rock

April 30, 2020

Stephen Meyers calls his last Geosci 100 lecture of the semester “Living in an Uncertain World.” This year, he and his team have created a multimedia production that features a Twitter conversation with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson about his favorite rock, a special video message from Chancellor Blank and a musical performance from local band Mr. Chair.

Virtual symposium addresses key resource during pandemic: clean water

April 30, 2020

COVID-19 may have forced the event to go virtual, but it also brought the importance of its topic into sharp focus. “You can’t wash your hands if you don’t have water,” says Water@UW–Madison's Matt Ginder-Vogel.

Teams from Wisconsin, New York search for molecular clues to defeat COVID-19

April 27, 2020

Morgridge Institute researchers are hoping to better understand what factors influence whether a patient will suffer from complications such as acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Chemists look for ways to assess and improve indoor air quality

April 24, 2020

The research could be used to create technology to determine when air filtration is needed and to determine the best locations for air intakes

Instructors adapt hands-on labs to hands-off times

April 24, 2020

Ever since the University of Wisconsin–Madison announced the suspension of in-person instruction, faculty teaching science classes with lab components have scrambled to substitute hands-on, in-person labs with online videos or activities.

Maps provide zip code detail on risk of COVID-19 complications across Wisconsin

April 23, 2020

The data from the UW–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health will help public health officials and health systems prepare for hospitalizations, distribute protective equipment, or target communications to at-risk populations.