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Research reveals an enormous planet quickly orbiting a tiny, dying star

September 16, 2020

While there have been hints of large planets orbiting close to white dwarfs in the past, the new findings are the clearest evidence yet that these bizarre pairings exist.

Meet the campus innovators launching successful companies in an unprecedented time

September 14, 2020

While the global pandemic has challenged business owners across many sectors, startup companies helped by UW–Madison's UW–Madison’s Discovery to Product program have managed to demonstrate resilience.

Massive halo finally explains stream of gas swirling around the Milky Way

September 9, 2020

Astronomers have solved a 50-year-old puzzle, discovering that the halo of warm gas surrounding the Magellanic Clouds likely acts as a protective cocoon.

Wisconsin corn maze features resilient tardigrade

August 31, 2020

Tardigrades, also known as water bears, look kind of like a cross between a bear and a caterpillar, are known for their incredible resilience. As such, they're the perfect organism for 2020.

UW–Madison and UW Health selected as sites to test new COVID-19 vaccine

August 31, 2020

They are among the first sites in the country to study whether an investigational vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca can prevent the disease.

UW experts design masks for campus from scratch

August 26, 2020

The masks were designed by the university’s experts in textiles, filtration and infectious disease, and manufactured by one of Wisconsin’s oldest companies.

When bomb tore through Sterling Hall 50 years ago, he was inside: ‘I still have flashbacks’

August 18, 2020

Bill Evans remembers feeling the building shudder, then seeing a wave of dirt and dust blow by a lab door. He immediately reported that something terrible had happened.

At University Hospital, damage and shock in aftermath of 1970 Sterling Hall bombing

August 18, 2020

The blast shattered most of the hospital's east-facing windows, including those in the intensive care unit. “Our assignment was to pick glass off of patients,” remembers a nursing student.

Chancellor, other top campus leaders to conduct Smart Restart YouTube events

August 17, 2020

A pair of Smart Restart updates, one focused on graduate students and the second for the full campus community, are set for Aug. 19 and Aug. 21. Panelists will include Chancellor Rebecca Blank and a group of vice chancellors and other officials.

Patients taking opioids produce antibodies that may hinder anti-opioid vaccine

August 17, 2020

The findings add to a growing understanding of how the immune system can recognize drugs and influence their effects in the body, which may ultimately support the production and delivery of a vaccine that reduces the harm of opioid abuse.

That little voice in your head — if you have it — may be aligning your thoughts

August 7, 2020

It’s evidence that the differences in visual and “audible” representations in the mind are connected to differences in the way we organize our thinking.

Simpler COVID-19 test could provide results in hours from saliva

August 6, 2020

Volunteers are being tested for the virus that causes COVID-19 by spitting in a vial, which may prove faster, cheaper and less complicated than other common tests, according to UW–Madison researchers.

Waisman Biomanufacturing partners with Heat Biologics to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine

August 3, 2020

The vaccine will target those most vulnerable to COVID-19 — namely, the elderly and those with health conditions that weaken their immune system. Phase 1 trials could begin in early 2021 and UW–Madison may be a trial site.

Seeding tech growth in Wisconsin’s fertile ground

July 30, 2020

A Global Startup program will nurture high-tech entrepreneurs in the risk management industry, in a partnership with UW–Madison and American Family Insurance

UW researchers devise approach to treat rare, incurable form of blindness

July 30, 2020

"Best vitelliform macular degeneration," or Best disease, is an inherited eye condition that typically leads to blindness over the course of a few decades.

Health personnel treating virus can enroll in prevention study

July 29, 2020

A new research study at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is looking at whether commonly used oral and nasal antiseptic can help prevent COVID-19 infections in frontline health care workers.

UW helps farmers reinvent themselves in challenging times

July 23, 2020

Innovations being developed today will help define the future of American dairy: what products are available, how the land and animals are cared for, and how farmers make a living.