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Researchers aim X-rays at century-old plant secretions for insight into Aboriginal Australian cultural heritage

May 27, 2022

For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal Australians have created some of the world’s most striking artworks. Today their work continues long lines of ancestral…

UW–Madison, industry partners run quantum algorithm on neutral atom quantum computer for the first time

April 20, 2022

The achievement suggests quantum computers that outcompete traditional ones are on the horizon, with potential uses in logistics, drug discovery and computational modeling.

Ultraprecise atomic clock poised for new physics discoveries

February 16, 2022

The clock's design allows the team to test ways to search for gravitational waves, attempt to detect dark matter, and discover new physics with clocks.

Four UW–Madison researchers awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowships

February 16, 2022

Each fellow receives $75,000 in research funding from the foundation, which awards Sloan Research Fellowships in eight scientific and technical fields to promising researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Coral skeleton formation rate determines resilience to acidifying oceans

January 27, 2022

A new UW–Madison study has implications for predicting coral reef survival and developing mitigation strategies against having their bony skeletons weakened by ocean acidification.

Video: From weather to wonder

January 18, 2022

The Wonders of Physics traveling show is back in action at schools and public events. It is now presented by UW–Madison outreach specialist Haddie McLean, a former TV meteorologist. In this video, she visits Pecatonica Elementary School.

Nuclear engineering research and education pioneer Max Carbon dies at 99

July 6, 2021

As founding chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Carbon authored "Nuclear Power: Villain or Victim? Our Most Misunderstood Source of Electricity."

Correlated errors in quantum computers emphasize need for design changes

June 16, 2021

UW researchers have found evidence that errors are correlated across an entire superconducting quantum computing chip — highlighting a problem to address in the quest for fault-tolerant quantum computers.

Flexible, easy-to-scale nanoribbons move graphene toward use in tech applications

May 3, 2021

Silicon-based fiber optics are currently the best structures for high-speed, long distance transmissions, but graphene — an all-carbon, ultra-thin and adaptable material — could improve performance even more.

Surprising communication between atoms could improve quantum computing

October 23, 2020

A group of UW physicists has identified conditions under which relatively distant atoms communicate with each other in ways that had previously only been seen in atoms closer together.

American Physical Society bestows top honors on two UW scientists

October 20, 2020

Physics professor Vernon Barger won the J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, and chemistry professor Martin Zanni was the recipient of the Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy & Dynamics.

UW grad student shares hands-on physics, art lessons with local fifth graders

October 16, 2020

Students took breaks from all-electronic assignments to work with take-home kits that let them explore the physics of light while creating art.

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.

Nanomaterial bests all others in blocking speeding projectiles

May 21, 2020

In the future, these new types of armor could potentially be used as a shield on military vehicles to provide enhanced protection from bullets, as well as on spacecraft to mitigate impacts from meteorite debris.