Tag Research

As climate heats up, rising rainfall averages hide crop-killing droughts

Research performed in the Ethiopian highlands shows that even in years with above average rainfall, crops can be severely reduced by drought early in the growing season, when seeds must sprout and get established.

New method assesses lead hazard in soil

UW-Madison researchers describe a way to use a common, low-cost soil test to determine how much of the lead is bioaccessible, and therefore dangerous.

A new kind of mosquito repellent that comes from bacteria

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers describe the first mosquito-repelling compounds to be derived from bacteria, and they appear to work at lower doses than repellents currently on the market.

Stem cells: How we got here, where we’re going

This is the first in a series of four videos about stem cell research at UW–Madison: how it started, what it's achieved, and where it's headed. Catch up on what's happened since James Thomson's prescient prediction that stem cells "will change medicine, period." 

Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish’s explosive slime

Jean-Luc Thiffeault, a University of Wisconsin–Madison math professor, and collaborators Randy Ewoldt and Gaurav Chaudhary of the University of Illinois have modeled the hagfish’s gag-inducing defense mechanism mathematically.

Study: “Post-normal” science requires unorthodox communication strategies

Proposals to fight malaria by “driving” genes that slow its spread through mosquitoes is a high-risk, high-reward technology that presents a challenge to science journalists, according to a new report.

Gene-editing tool now being used to develop better antibiotics

Jason Peters and colleagues have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to study which genes are targeted by particular antibiotics, providing clues on how to improve existing antibiotics or develop new ones.

Flashing lights protect livestock in Chile — by deterring pumas

New UW–Madison research shows how bright, flashing lights can prevent puma attacks on livestock in Chile, without harming the predators.

UW-Madison life-expectancy paper nabs top honor from APHA

Work published by three University of Wisconsin researchers regarding decreasing the gap in life expectancy of the United States population compared to European peers, earned top honors from the American Public Health Association.

Mercury levels in fish fluctuate along with water levels in lakes

A new study has found that when droughts cause water levels to drop, the levels of mercury found in fish also plummet. In wetter weather, water levels rise and levels of mercury in fish increase.

NOAA plan to improve weather forecasting includes UW–Madison

NOAA cooperative institutes, like the University of Wisconsin–Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), play a key role in mitigating weather-related losses by increasing innovation and research opportunities.

Are Fitbits the answer to nurse fatigue?

A UW–Madison School of Nursing professor is using activity trackers on nurses to uncover important data about what causes fatigue in the work environment and what health systems can do to minimize its impact.

Black youths less protected from antisocial behaviors than white peers

New research assesses the developmental trajectories of antisocial behaviors in both black and white youths.