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Mother-of-pearl: Classic beauty and remarkable strength

July 2, 2007

While the shiny material of pearls and abalone shells has long been prized for its iridescence and aesthetic value in jewelry and decorations, scientists admire mother-of-pearl for other physical properties as well.

Jets from neutron star rival those made by black holes

June 27, 2007

A team of astronomers led by a UW–Madison scientist has found that neutron stars produce jets of energy and matter that rival those produced by black holes.

Brain scans show meditation changes minds, increases attention

June 25, 2007

For hundreds of years, Tibetan monks and other religious people have used meditation to calm the mind and improve concentration. This week, a new study shows exactly how one common type of meditation affects the brain.

‘Here at Home’ cultural tour for Wisconsin teachers begins June 21

June 13, 2007

Twenty-five K-12 teachers from around Wisconsin will join several University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members and students on a nine-day "Here at Home" cultural tour of the state June 21-29.

Korean studies initiative advances with major grant

June 1, 2007

The Korean studies initiative at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will be significantly expanded thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Korea Foundation, the Division of International Studies, the College of Letters and Science, and Center for East Asian Studies announced today.

Research points to arctic strategies for Norway

May 31, 2007

Plans for sustainable development in Norway's arctic region got a boost this month with the release of a study by University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate students.

Computer scientists set on winning the computer virus ‘cold war’

May 24, 2007

First came the virus. Then came the antivirus software. Ever since, virus programmers have been escalating their technology, trying to stay one step ahead of the computer security engineers and vice versa.

Midwest News Index releases latest findings on TV political news

May 21, 2007

A new University of Wisconsin–Madison study shows that political news stories on local television news outlets in five Midwestern states comprised less than two minutes of a typical 30-minute broadcast during the first quarter of 2007.

Decoding protein structures helps illuminate cause of diabetes

May 15, 2007

Any photographer can vouch for the difficulty of capturing a clear picture of a moving target. When it comes to molecules, however, sometimes the motion is exactly what scientists want to see.

Survey examines Americans’ trust in science

May 1, 2007

When it comes to forming opinions on controversial scientific issues, Americans show a strong deference to the views of the scientific community, according to a study co-authored by a University of Wisconsin–Madison researcher.

Bamuthi helps UW speak to the hip-hop generation

April 25, 2007

Marc Bamuthi Joseph will conclude his arts residency with a farewell performance at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30, at Music Hall.

U.S. chemistry forecast: ‘Partly cloudy, chance of showers’

April 25, 2007

A report released this month by the National Academy of Sciences concludes that although the United States currently leads the world in most aspects of chemistry research, increasing international competition makes that position far from secure.