Ideas and Discoveries

  • UW-Madison’s first enologist will aid wine and cider industry in Wisconsin June 8, 2015 Wisconsin is known for fermentation, like its cheese, craft beer and pickles. But it's also been working to add even more to that blossoming list: wine and cider. The Badger State's 110 wineries and commercial cider makers now have a new resource to help them compete: Nick Smith.
  • UW–Madison researcher wins Governor’s Business Plan Contest June 4, 2015 Katie Brenner, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her team of co-founders won the 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest in Madison Wednesday for an app-based device to help women monitor their fertility.
  • Family affair: Milwaukee electronics manufacturer is flying high May 28, 2015 From a distance of practically eight decades, Nathaniel Zelazo can smile about the failure of his first entrepreneurial venture. A Polish Jew who landed in New York in 1928 at age 10, he earned money for his schoolbooks peddling ice cream on the streets of Manhattan. "Needless to say, I had no license and got arrested," he recalls. "The guys in the same cell were killers and my liquid assets were melting."
  • A new kind of wood chip: collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips May 26, 2015 In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has collaborated with researchers in the Madison-based U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.
  • Starved for fire, Wisconsin’s pine barrens disappear May 26, 2015 A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was settled.
  • Made-in-Madison software helping fuel apps revolution May 22, 2015 About 15 months after it went live, software called Ionic is fueling the hottest trend in information technology: mobile apps.
  • Pasture partnership supports organic dairy farmers across Wisconsin May 19, 2015 In an effort to help improve the health of pastures owned by dairy farmers across Wisconsin and beyond, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have established a partnership with Organic Valley, the nation's largest organic farming cooperative, to study how to make pastures as productive, nutritious and sustainable as possible.
  • UW–Madison microgrids help power industry in Milwaukee May 19, 2015 On the same site in Milwaukee where the A. O. Smith Corporation once built airplane and auto parts for the military during both world wars, University of Wisconsin-Madison energy researchers are using state-of-the-art microgrid technology to help revitalize Milwaukee's power industry.
  • Brief alcohol screening misses mark for people who most need help, study says May 19, 2015 As screening for alcohol problems during doctor visits has become more mainstream, a new study published in the journal Addiction finds that the technique does not increase successful referrals to alcohol counseling and treatment.
  • Expert in computer science drives computer-security spinoff May 18, 2015 One illustrious career in computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison can be traced to an anxious mother, a cocktail party conversation, and a "dead boring" job - plus a fascination with low-level machine code, a subject that many computer scientists disdain.
  • Survey finds UW-Madison alumni starting companies across the state May 14, 2015 A survey just completed by the Wisconsin Alumni Association shows a substantial level of business startups among graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Photo of computer chip High-power laser spinoff proves versatility is strength April 13, 2015 Since lasers were invented in 1960, they have penetrated countless scientific, industrial and recreational fields: from eye surgery to DVD players, from cutting steel to triggering ignition in missile stages.
  • Leafcutter ants Science meets art: 2015 Cool Science Images unveiled April 9, 2015 Whether a close-up of a leafcutter ant, or a micrograph of the neurons derived from marmoset stem cells, or an MRI of the hidden pathways in the human brain, submissions to UW-Madison’s 2015 Cool Science Image Contest continue to put science and nature on eye-catching display.
  • Photo: Marsha Mailick Q&A with Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Marsha Mailick March 31, 2015 Marsha Mailick talks about the challenges and opportunities the research enterprise faces during this time of transition and budgetary uncertainty.
  • Photo: image showing tumor Ready, aim, fire! Cancer-targeting mechanism underlies promising UW-Madison spinoff March 30, 2015 For all their lethality, cancer cells don't look much different from healthy cells, a simple fact that causes endless pain and suffering. Finding cancer cells that have spread and threaten to grow into metastatic tumors is often a life-and-death matter.
  • cotton-top tamarin Hormone known for mother’s milk also fosters bond between parents March 30, 2015 Research has discovered a role for prolactin, the hormone that stimulates milk production in nursing mothers, in the bond between parents.
  • Image of a viral cell Ebola whole virus vaccine shown effective, safe in primates March 26, 2015 An Ebola whole virus vaccine, constructed using a novel experimental platform, has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the often fatal virus.
  • Artist’s impression of the full Square Kilometer Array at night Automation offers big solution to big data in astronomy March 24, 2015 It’s almost a rite of passage in physics and astronomy. Scientists spend years scrounging up money to build a fantastic new instrument. Then, when the long-awaited device finally approaches completion, the panic begins: How will they handle the torrent of data?
  • Photo: Ankur Desai For UW-Madison scientists, Northern Wisconsin serves as a lab and a classroom March 19, 2015 For the past decade, Ankur Desai has been working with collaborators from across the country to study the uptake and emission of carbon in northern Wisconsin’s forests, wetlands and lakes.
  • Study reveals possible biological trigger for canine bone cancer Feb. 25, 2015 Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) have identified the biological mechanism that may give some cancer cells the ability to form tumors in dogs. The recent study uncovered an association between the increased expression of a particular gene in tumor cells and more aggressive behavior in a form of canine bone cancer. It may also have implications for human cancers by detailing a new pathway for tumor formation.