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Chemical reaction: ‘a huge upgrade’

April 19, 2022

The recently opened addition to the Chemistry Building on University Avenue is a nine-story tower housing lecture halls, an information commons, offices, teaching laboratories, and group write-up spaces for undergraduate teaching labs. 

UW hurricane application gets upgrade in time for 2022 hurricane season

April 19, 2022

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center will have access to the most advanced storm measurement software yet to help them save lives and property with timely warnings.

A penetrating gaze: System allows world’s first X-ray look at electron-beam 3D-printing process

April 18, 2022

A team of UW–Madison mechanical engineers have pioneered the integration of several imaging technologies into a system that can study the fundamental mechanics of electron beam powder bed fusion in real time.

Federal lawmakers visit UW–Madison units in south, west Madison

April 18, 2022

Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Mark Pocan showed their support of UW–Madison on April 15 during stops at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station and the UW Odyssey Project in the UW South Madison Partnership office.

Space telescope ‘a little like a time machine’

April 14, 2022

Assistant professor Michael Maseda was one of many who contributed to development of the James Webb Space Telescope. He looks forward to using the instrument to take “baby pictures of galaxies” — potentially looking as far back into the history of the universe as the Big Bang itself.

You’re muted — or are you? Videoconferencing apps may listen even when mic is off

April 11, 2022

Not only did researchers find that the apps gather audio data while "mute" is activated; they could identify activities picked up when microphones weren't believed to be on, such as eating, playing music, typing and cleaning.

Four UW–Madison students awarded prestigious 2022 Goldwater Scholarships

April 11, 2022

Each university in the country may nominate up to four undergraduates for the annual award. To have all four candidates win is remarkable.

Diving into science with eager hands and brains

April 11, 2022

People of all ages got their hands dirty and their brains revved up as part of  Science Expeditions, an annual open house to illustrate the value — and fun — of scientific research on campus.

Melting ice caps may not shut down ocean current

April 8, 2022

Building upon previous work, researchers are revising their understanding of the relationship between Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and freshwater from melting polar ice.

Biodegradable gel boosts immune system’s attack on several cancers in mice

April 6, 2022

The gel, tested in mice, releases drugs and special antibodies that simultaneously deplete immune-blocking cells called macrophages from the surgical site and activate T cells so they can attack cancer.

Understanding the human-animal interplay of COVID-19 and other diseases

March 30, 2022

Most human diseases don’t start — or end — with our species. Only by looking at the whole picture can scientists like UW–Madison's Tony Goldberg uncover the full story of viruses on Earth.

Scorpions’ venomous threat to mammals a relatively new evolutionary step

March 28, 2022

An international team of researchers led by UW–Madison biologists has assembled the largest evolutionary tree of scorpions yet, showing seven independent instances in which the distinctive eight-legged creatures evolved venom compounds toxic to mammals.

COVID questions: Are more severe colds and flu in our future?

March 24, 2022

Preventive medicine chief resident Devlin Cole from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health explains why discontinuing masking does not put us at risk of contracting infections that are more severe.

Canine TV preferences could lead to answers in protecting dogs’ eyesight

March 23, 2022

A UW study is asking dog owners what their pets like to watch — a nontrivial question that could lay the groundwork for developing better canine eye tests.

UW–Madison works to protect Wisconsin poultry from avian flu

March 17, 2022

The Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is prepared to assist with a surge of testing that will help prevent the spread of the virus as birds and eggs are moved around the state, and researchers are also developing a vaccine to prevent future outbreaks.

Dramatically reducing defects, new technique opens applications for 3D-printing metal parts

March 15, 2022

UW researchers have discovered a way to enable a prominent additive manufacturing technique called laser powder bed fusion to produce metal parts that have significantly fewer defects.