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Hubble captures Neptune’s stormy disposition

October 14, 1998

Using powerful ground- and space-based telescopes, scientists have obtained a moving look at some of the wildest, weirdest weather in the solar system - that of Neptune.

Total Quality forum slated in Madison

October 13, 1998

The eighth in a series of national forums on Total Quality issues affecting both higher education and industry will be sponsored by UW–Madison Oct. 21-22.

Space might enhance gene transfer in plants

October 9, 1998

A UW–Madison and industry project aboard the Oct. 29 NASA Space Shuttle will look at whether microgravity can provide a more efficient environment for gene transfer in plants.

Perfume in space

October 9, 1998

To some, a whiff of rare perfume might evoke images of a wild, exotic place. But a UW–Madison and industry research project will be in truly exotic territory when it tries to cultivate fragrances in space.

Research reduces need for pesticides in cranberry growing

October 9, 1998

For the fourth straight year, Wisconsin will lead the nation with a cranberry harvest forecast at 2.4 million barrels of the tart, native fruit. From Tomah to Manitowish Waters the colorful harvest means income and jobs. Cranberries are the state's most valuable fruit crop, with the 1997 crop valued at $162 million.

Emotion researchers study unique monkey colony

October 9, 1998

Scientists from the UW–Madison Medical School Health Emotions Research Institute have been studying the monkeys of Cayo Santiago, a 45-acre Caribbean islet, to better understand how an individual's temperament may affect the way he or she copes with stress.

New centers to strengthen European studies

October 7, 1998

Two new academic centers devoted to the burgeoning field of European studies have been established at UW–Madison.

Swallowtails show how to co-opt nature’s palette

October 1, 1998

UW-Madison scientists have identified a biochemical switch that helps regulate color pattern formation in the wings of a swallowtail butterfly that sometimes takes on the appearance of an unappetizing cousin.

Team solves X-ray structure of powerful enzyme

September 29, 1998

Researchers at the UW Medical School and the National Institutes of Health have determined the three dimensional molecular structure of a powerful enzyme responsible for activating many cell functions.

Courts most admired by those who use them

September 28, 1998

Complaining about the judicial system - a virtual birthright for Americans - occurs less among the people who have the most reason to castigate the courts: Those who have used them.

Planetary scientists to align in Madison

September 25, 1998

From Oct. 11-16, Madison will be the focal point of the solar system for the community of scientists who study the planets and the menagerie of solar system objects as the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Science meets here.

Babies fish for words in a sea of chatter

September 17, 1998

From a string of nonsense words, uttered in a synthesized monotone to curious 8-month-olds, psychologist Jenny Saffran is uncovering astonishing evidence of how infants assimilate their native language.

Turkey influx won’t hurt grouse

September 15, 1998

The wild turkey has pulled off a stunning comeback in Wisconsin -- but has the turkey's success come at the expense of local grouse populations?

Wages decline despite economic strength

September 14, 1998

Wisconsin's strong economic growth has resulted in better news for working people, but long-term wage decline and significant economic disparities still dominate the state's economy, according to a new UW–Madison study.

Study: Sex life doesn’t suffer for dual-earner couples

September 9, 1998

A new study finds that the daily employment grind for two-income couples actually has little effect on the frequency or quality of their sex life.

Gene therapy shows promise in fighting melanoma

September 4, 1998

In treating dogs for a highly aggressive form of melanoma, a UW–Madison research team is having success with a new cancer vaccine that could benefit human cancer-fighting efforts.

How a common protein becomes a cancer killer

August 31, 1998

In one of nature's remarkable flukes, scientists in 1991 discovered a protein in frog eggs that proved to be a potent killer of cancer cells. Now a new study by a UW–Madison biochemist finds that a "cousin" of that frog protein found in mammals has the same cancer-fighting potential.

UW facility helps scientists explore hidden life of molecules

August 31, 1998

The new biochemistry building includes a laboratory large enough for the department's nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer facility to bring all its machines under one roof.

UW scientists hone tools for hurricane prediction

August 26, 1998

Scientists at UW–Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center are developing new tools to better predict the course of hurricanes.

Trace Center receives federal technology-access grant

August 26, 1998

The UW–Madison Trace Center has been awarded a five-year, $6.75 million grant to make information technology more accessible to people with disabilities.