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Songbirds sing — like humans flock — for opioid reward

October 1, 2020

New research found that when songbirds sing during non-mating seasons, it’s because singing releases an opioid naturally produced in their brain —that’s right, a compound with the same biological makeup of the highly addictive painkillers.

Landscape ecologist Monica Turner: California wildfires aren’t a random situation

September 29, 2020

For more than a decade, Turner has warned that situations like the one that damaged Yellowstone in 1988 could become more common. She puts the current catastrophic wildfires into context for us.

Professor will make ‘workhorse’ microscope more powerful

November 21, 2019

Kevin Eliceiri says he has always believed that science is best done by building on the work of others and openly sharing what you have done.

Study says “hidden overharvest” from fishing plays a role in Wisconsin walleye declines

November 18, 2019

New research finds that It finds that 40 percent of walleye populations are overharvested, which is ten times higher than the estimates fisheries managers currently use.

Making biominerals: nature’s recipe is old, evolved more than once

August 19, 2019

In recent years, scientists have teased out many of the secrets of biomineralization, the process by which sea urchins grow spines, mollusks build their shells…

Heat kills invasive jumping worm cocoons, could help limit spread

June 20, 2019

New research is good news for ecologists and horticulturalists who are working to slow or stop the spread of the worms. But little remains known about the life cycle of these damaging invaders or how to stop them.

H3N2 viruses mutate during vaccine production but new tech could fix it

April 29, 2019

UW-Madison researchers describe a new cell line that enables better growth of H3N2 for vaccine use. The virus is also far less likely to mutate during production using this cell line, improving the chances of a match between vaccine and circulating influenza viruses.

Have microscope, will travel: New tech project links Madison, Boston scientists

March 19, 2019

Researcher Jan Huisken’s vision is to redesign a high-end optical microscope — normally big enough to fill an entire room — down to the dimensions of a suitcase, with minimal loss of power or precision.

UW–Madison researcher awarded “Make Our Planet Great Again” grant

March 14, 2019

Professor Carol E. Lee has just been awarded a grant from the French government to investigate the ability of plankton to evolve and adapt to a changing climate.

UW alum masterminding next generation data storage: A solution to the datapocalypse?

March 11, 2019

In a meeting at the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Wisconsin School of Business, Hyunjun Park said the device will hold digital information in DNA – life’s evolution-perfected “data storage” molecule.

Steve Miller, Tom Brock to receive honorary degrees

February 14, 2019

This year’s recipients of honorary degrees from UW–Madison are both rock stars — one literally, the other in microbiology. The honorees are Steve Miller, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Thomas Brock, who helped usher in modern molecular biology.

Citizen science monitoring program Journey North finds home at Arboretum

February 5, 2019

Journey North has more than 60,000 registered participants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. People report sightings from the field, view maps, take photographs and submit observations.