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How talking more can make you better at listening — to foreign languages

The typical foreign language class spends much of its time listening to fluent speakers, but new UW research shows that the students should spend more time talking.

Snowfall patterns may provide clues to Greenland Ice Sheet

A new UW–Madison study describes a unique method to measure snowfall on the Greenland Ice Sheet that could help answer some key questions.

Grad student researches native bee habitats in urban areas

In surveying Madison’s native bee populations, Vera Pfeiffer hopes to provide a better, more informed context for policies that can make the habitats we share with pollinators more biodiverse.

26 UW–Madison students awarded prestigious NSF fellowships

The NSF fellowship program selects high-potential scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers, providing awardees with support for graduate research training in STEM fields.

Waisman Center welcomes a center leader to director position

Qiang Chang, a longstanding member of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Waisman Center’s leadership team, has been named the new director of the center following a nationwide search.

Researcher follows dairy cows’ carbon footprints from barn to field

A study by UW–Madison dairy scientists, engineers and agronomists to see how a cow’s breed and forage consumption affect the greenhouse gases generated by her gut and her manure.

Long-term cancer survivor beats odds, prompts study

The unusual case of Margaret “Peg” Geisler has inspired an international search for “extreme survivors” of metastatic breast cancer. “They never teach you about patients like Peg in medical school," says UW Health oncologist Mark Burkard.

Spiders and scorpions have co-opted leg genes to build their heads

New research shows that the common house spider and its arachnid relatives have dispensed with a gene involved in creating segmented heads, instead recycling leg genes to accomplish the task.

Grant to fund study of entrepreneurial ecosystems at universities

The Wisconsin School of Business has received funding to study how to improve university entrepreneurial ecosystems to drive economic growth.

When communicating with color, balance can be a path to accuracy

UW-Madison Researchers found that the best colors to use for waste bins are shades of white for paper, red for plastic, pale blue-green for glass, dark grey for metal, dark green for compost, and black for trash.

Study destroys myth that motorcycle helmets break necks

The motorcycle crash victims who did not wear helmets had twice as many injuries to the cervical spine, commonly known as the neck, the study says.

Kids with easy access to firearms are more likely to be depressed

Easy access to a gun at home is bad for a child’s mental health, particularly for girls, according to a new examination of a study of American schoolchildren from the 1990s.

UW study: Excessive use of menthol cough drops could actually increase coughs

A new study of more than 500 patients has shown that too many cough drops - especially those containing menthol - may actually make coughs more severe.

They grin, you bear it. Research reveals physical impact of a smile.

New research shows that smiles meant to convey dominance trigger a physical spike in stress hormones in their targets, while smiles intended as a reward appear to physically buffer recipients against stress.