Why is some hair curly and some hair straight?
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Technology is advancing exponentially and the exciting field of genome editing is no exception. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research are playing an essential role in ensuring the continued responsible development of this genome editing technology. They are exploring the intersection of genome editing technology and national security.
Do animals dream?
Welcome back to the third installment of Sciencecast, the Daily Cardinal’s science podcast series. Our theme is Public Health. Several times this semester, we will be exploring the various facets of public health through interviews with UW-Madison experts.
Parenting styles vary among primate species. Some species’ offspring rely on the mother alone for caretaking and education. In other more social primates, caretaking can become a group responsibility where the father and older offspring contribute significant energy to infant care; this is known as cooperative breeding.
Plasma is an essential element in science fiction, most notably in the Star Wars franchise as a critical component of the Stormtroopers’ guns. At UW-Madison, Cary Forest, a professor of physics, is studying plasma that’s anything but fictional. Forest is recreating plasma solar flares right here on campus.
Oh where, oh where has the nitrogen gone? Oh where, oh where can it be?
Everyone has a specialty and everyone is an expert in something. When one becomes an expert in a certain field, it simultaneously becomes more necessary and more difficult to convey the knowledge gained to those who will benefit from it. Conveying healthcare information in particular has never been an easy task, whether one is talking to a doctor about a health-related problem or trying to interpret health information for a loved one who is unable to do so for themselves.
UW-Madison announced Tuesday an initiative to fund two-year grants for data science research at the university.
Many people throughout the Madison area love to spend time outdoors. Whether it’s hiking through trails or spending time on the lakes, everyone loves the scenic views the city has to offer. Though the landscape is beautiful, there is more hiding underneath the surface than most people know.
A $15.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation was recently awarded to a flagship UW-Madison interdisciplinary research center focused on material science.
Science outreach figures are practically heroes in a time when the president has given the finger to the Paris Agreement and the Flat Earth Society is gaining traction on social media. However, these icons of logic are not experts in every conceivable area, and I caution against taking their word as gospel, even if they’re these people:
UW-Madison’s Physical Sciences Laboratory, located more than 10 miles off campus and surrounded by cornfields, is a world-renowned engineering facility that’s been turning out state-of-the-art projects for half a century.
The Physical Sciences Laboratory, now 50 years old, has handled more than 6,000 research projects.
Where does pepperoni come from?
As the field of medicine expands, so too does the field of public health. Public health is the marriage of health and community. It studies how the community and environment influence the quality of life or the people who live there.
Why do we crave crunchy foods?
The human genome is like a blueprint which lays out how each of us are built, how we function in society and sometimes even how we die. The rapidly-expanding field of genetics encompasses everything, from the nucleotides that write the code to the way we treat one another.
Like an inoperable tumor inside a patient’s brain, cancer has rooted itself deep within our society. Unfortunately, the current treatments of cancer are almost as unpredictable as the disease itself. But what if the key to fighting this ominous disease has been waging war inside our bodies all along? That is the question put forth by the field of cancer immunotherapy, a cancer treatment that utilizes the body’s own immune system. It is the research topic for Kenneth DeSantes, pediatric oncologist and hematologist at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.