Category Science & Technology
"Smaller. Faster. Wildly complex." This could easily be the motto for semiconductors-the materials that, among lots of other advances in electronics, allow cell phones to continuously shrink in size while increasing the number of their mind-boggling functions.
The cellular process of transcription, in which the enzyme RNA polymerase constructs chains of RNA from information contained in DNA, depends upon previously underappreciated sections of both the DNA promoter region and RNA polymerase, according to work done with the bacterium E. coli and published today (June 16) in the journal Cell by a team of bacteriologists from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The Office of Education Outreach in the University of Wisconsin–Madison's School of Education is offering numerous opportunities for local students to learn about art, technology and science this summer.
Tired of high gas costs and poor sport utility vehicle (SUV) fuel efficiency? A group of engineering students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has spent the last three years building one of the cleanest and most fuel-efficient SUVs in North America. The principles behind the vehicle, appropriately named the "Moovada," could one day be incorporated into mass-production hybrid SUVs.
The Why Files is celebrating its first decade online.
A University of Wisconsin–Madison professor will be the liaison between United States plasma and fusion science researchers and a group that is building the U.S. share of ITER, an international fusion experiment that eventually could lead to an abundant, economical and environmentally benign energy source.
Aided by a powerful imaging technique, scientists have discovered they can detect smoking-related lung damage in healthy smokers who otherwise display none of the telltale signs of tobacco use.
A biochemist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of two recipients of the 2006 Shaw Scientist Award. Designed to help young scientists explore novel research directions, the $200,000 prize is annually awarded to Wisconsin researchers working in the fields of biochemistry, the biological sciences and cancer research.
"Forensic Science" is a unique online learning opportunity that will provide K-12 teachers with the techniques and tools to bring scientific investigation into their classrooms. This two-week Web-based learning opportunity will be conducted June 12-26.
Potassium-stressed soybean plants - with their telltale yellowed leaf edges - can harbor large numbers of soybean aphids, insidious pests that can cause millions of dollars in damage to Wisconsin crops.
Steve Preston, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will talk about how his personal journey with cancer has shaped not only his master's thesis research on sustainable engineering, but his approach to life, at Wednesday Nite @ the Lab at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10. His project on engineering mall, an elaborate, interconnected structure of paper tube arches that bridge art, engineering and industry, portrays life as a series of portals.
A dedication ceremony at the Center for Limnology (CFL) today (May 8) is honoring the vision and achievements of a late UW–Madison scientist by naming a laboratory after him. The newly named facility - the Arthur Davis Hasler Laboratory for Limnology - has been at the core of education and UW–Madison research in the aquatic sciences for more than four decades.