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  • Photo: 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.
  • Photo: Ebola virus on host 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.
  • Photo: Dan Vergano BuzzFeed’s Dan Vergano to be spring Science Writer in Residence March 26, 2015 Dan Vergano, a veteran science journalist with stints at USA Today, National Geographic and now, the digital news platform BuzzFeed, has been named UW-Madison Science Writer in Residence for Spring 2015.
  • Photo: William Murphy Researchers aim to broaden understanding of how toxins affect the body March 25, 2015 Even in an era in which there is increased emphasis on living "green," humans are constantly exposed to a wide range of toxins in everything from our air, food and water to the goods we buy.
  • Photo: Robert Lindner 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: Mark Ediger Discovery could yield more efficient portable electronics, solar cells March 23, 2015 By figuring out how to precisely order the molecules that make up what scientists call organic glass — the materials at the heart of some electronic displays, light-emitting diodes and solar cells — a team of chemists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has set the stage for more efficient and sturdier portable electronic devices and possibly a new generation of solar cells based on organic materials.
  • Here comes HAWC: New observatory to seek out gamma rays March 20, 2015 High on a sleeping Mexican volcano, a new particle astrophysics observatory is about to blink to life, commencing an all-sky search for very high-energy gamma rays - a search that could greatly expand the catalog of known gamma ray sources and chip away at the mystery of the cosmic rays that constantly bombard our planet.
  • Photo: Ankur Desai stands in front of Willow Creek flux tower 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.
  • Photo: Amy DeJong and Maya Warren Amazing plans for ‘Amazing Race’ winner March 18, 2015 You may know Maya Warren for her $1 million victory, shared with fellow food science grad student Amy DeJong, in the latest edition of the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race.” You likely do not know that, after she receives her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August, she intends to homogenize her TV experience with her knowledge of ice cream, outgoing nature, and self-confidence to develop a show showcasing frozen desserts around the world.
  • Photo: Children looking into microscopes Science Expeditions opens doors to UW-Madison research March 20-22 March 17, 2015 Science Expeditions, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 13th annual science open house, will open the doors of dozens of campus attractions — and the expertise of scores of researchers — to thousands of curious visitors March 20-22.
  • Photo: Yeast cultures UW mascot Bucky Badger is namesake for newly discovered yeast March 13, 2015 When you discover a new organism, you get to name it - but not for yourself. There are rules to the naming business in biology. You can, however, name it for the sponsor of your research. When Chris Hittinger and his group of yeast researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found a rather aggressive yeast, it was natural to name it for the fierce carnivore that is the mascot of his home institution: Bucky Badger.
  • Researchers develop new approach that combines biomass conversion, solar energy conversion March 10, 2015 In a study published March 9 in Nature Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi presents a new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion, two important research areas for renewable energy.
  • Photo: Charles Snowdon Move over Mozart: Study shows cats prefer their own beat March 10, 2015 As more animal shelters, primate centers and zoos start to play music for their charges, it’s still not clear whether and how human music affects animals. Now, a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that while cats ignore our music, they are highly responsive to “music” written especially for them. The study is online at Applied Animal Behaviour Science.
  • Photo: Dean Sommer showing a beaker of acid whey Center for Dairy Research turns yogurt waste into new products March 6, 2015 With exploding consumer demand for Greek yogurt, production is up. That's great for food companies' bottom lines, but it also leaves them dealing with a lot more acid whey, a problematic byproduct of the Greek yogurt-making process.
  • Research communications experts partner with Morgridge Institute March 2, 2015 Dietram Scheufele and colleagues in the Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC) are partnering with the Morgridge Institute for Research to take a deeper look at what works — and why — in engaging the public on science. Morgridge provides a unique proving ground for the topic: In partnership with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, science outreach programs bring more than 30,000 participants to the Discovery Building each year.
  • Photo: aerial view of the Aspen Free-Air Carbon dioxide and ozone Enrichment (Aspen FACE) experiment site Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink March 2, 2015 A new study published today [Monday, March 2, 2015] in Nature Plants shows that hungry, plant-eating insects may limit the ability of forests to take up elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reducing their capacity to slow human-driven climate change.
  • 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.
  • Computer sciences, mathematics professors win Sloan Fellowships Feb. 23, 2015 Two University of Wisconsin-Madison professors have been selected for Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships - an honor awarded on a competitive basis to promising young researchers in the early stages of their careers.
  • Photo: Aicardo Roa-Espinosa Helping Wisconsin dairy farms produce ‘brown gold’ Feb. 20, 2015 In the heart of Wisconsin, a project is underway to produce energy from a resource in little danger of running low: cow manure, also known as "brown gold."
  • Photo: Rebecca Blank U.S. biomedical research in crisis: UW-Madison takes charge Feb. 19, 2015 The university is poised to help lead the national conversation to address the systemic flaws within the American biomedical research enterprise and will host a workshop April 11 to share ideas on how to fix it.