After much anticipation for protests during a speech from controversial libertarian political scientist Charles Murray’s Wednesday the only disturbance came from a brief fire alarm.
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Scientists and engineers at UW-Madison developed an economically feasible process to synthesize a possible substitute for petroleum-derived chemicals from non-edible biomass.This substitute, called 1,5-pentanediol, is a type of alpha, omega-diol that has two alcohol groups attached at the beginning and the end of a long carbon chain, which is mostly synthesized as a byproduct of other commercially produced diols.The research was published this April in the journal, ChemSusChem.“We hope to be able to make larger quantities and volumes and be able to put it in the applications that are currently used for other molecules,” said Zachary Brentzel, a graduate research assistant in college of engineering at UW-Madison and the first author of this paper.
How did we get here? This is one of the most deep-seated questions in the human race. It is also David Baum’s, exobiologist in the department of botany at UW Madison, research.Life must have started at some moment when the “soupy mixture” of chemicals and minerals stopped being random and became alive.But what does it mean to be alive?
UW-Madison students Nyal Mueenuddinn and Mattie Naythons premiered their documentary, "Break the Cycle," which delves into mass incarceration and food injustice, in Science Hall Friday.
Erik Vance had always loved the ocean, but he couldn’t find a way to create a lasting impact on ocean health. That changed after he began his career as a science writer.
Previous research explained the trademark protein accumulation by assuming an Alexander disease patient had a reduced ability to degrade and clear the protein. However, a recent study discovered the rate of GFAP protein degradation is actually increased in the pathology of the disease.
What gives a diamond its shine? What is a “superbug”?
In the fourth episode of Sciencecast: Energy Series, Paul Wilson, Grainger professor of Nuclear engineering in the Department of Engineering Physics, discusses nuclear energy.
Those who experience an emotional trauma are at a greater risk for revictimization due in part to an onset of post traumatic stress disorder.
Four billion years ago, Earth was a hostile place with a thin atmosphere made mainly of carbon dioxide, volcanoes everywhere and oxygen levels too low to support air-breathing organisms. Nonetheless, a recent discovery of 4.28—3.75 billion-year-old microfossils suggests life existed under such conditions.
Researchers at the UW-Madison recently found that listeriosis, the infection caused by the foodborne bacteria called Listeria, damages the placenta and results in miscarriages during the early stages of pregnancy in non-human primates.
Two UW-Madison School of Nursing faculty members earned awards from the Midwest Nursing Research Society for their research on gerontological nursing.
In the third episode of Sciencecast: Energy Series, Tim Donohue, the director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, explains biofuels and his ideal "George Jetson" future of clean fuels using biomass.
Although genetically engineered foods made their first appearance on grocery store shelves back in 1994, they still remain a topic of contention in today’s society. While some believe GE foods are the key to feeding Earth’s growing population, others see them as a threat to human and environmental health. These attitudes are shaped by a myriad of different stakeholders.The consensus of a National Academy of Sciences committee, as noted in their recent report on GE crops, is that no GE food created to date poses a threat to environmental or human health.
What causes dizziness? How do allergies work?
In the second episode of Sciencecast: Energy Series, the Director of the Midwest energy policy analysis Gary Radloff discusses the intersections of energy research with policy and environmental law.
According to Athena Kjell, a Madison area substance abuse counselor, many individuals start using drugs to suppress emotional disorders like depression or anxiety, but some do so simply for experimentation.
All UW-Madison students could be required to take an environmental science course to graduate, under a proposal from an Associated Students of Madison committee.
Badgerloop, a team of mostly UW-Madison undergraduate engineering students, won an innovation award at last weekend’s SpaceX Hyperloop competition in California.Badgerloop began after SpaceX released a student Hyperloop competition with hopes to accelerate the implementation of Elon Musk’s idea of futuristic high-speed transportation.
Welcome back to the second installment of Sciencecast: Energy series. Twice a month, we will be examining various aspects of energy and energy-related topics through interviews with UW-Madison experts.