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The Badgerloop team unveiled their latest pod on June 17 in the Engineering Hall to the public. This coming August, they will take their pod and travel to Hawthorne, California to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition II.
Drug discovery and fungi have gone hand in hand since pharmacology emerged as a relevant science. As the decades have passed, it has become apparent to scientists that there is an untapped well of potentially useful chemicals that are naturally produced by the millions of fungal species on Earth. Chemicals such as these—that aren’t necessary for survival but often provide an evolutionary advantage to the organism—are known as secondary metabolites by microbiologists. These chemicals, the “armor and weapons” of fungi according to Nancy Keller, professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at UW-Madison, are responsible for some of the most effective drugs used today including antibiotics, antivirals, cancer drugs and cholesterol lowering drugs.
Where do beaches come from?
After much anticipation for protests during a speech by controversial libertarian political scientist Charles Murray Wednesday, the only disturbance came from a brief fire alarm.
Scientists and engineers at UW-Madison developed an economically feasible process to synthesize a possible substitute for petroleum-derived chemicals from non-edible biomass.
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.
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.
In the fourth episode of Sciencecast: Energy Series, Paul Wilson, Grainger professor of Nuclear engineering in the Department of Engineering Physics, discusses nuclear energy. Describing nuclear power from process to policy, Wilson dispells some misconceptions about nuclear energy's safety and environmental friendliness.
What gives a diamond its shine?
Alexander disease is a rare neurological disorder that carries a grim prognosis. It involves a dangerous accumulation of the glial fibrillary acidic protein, GFAP, in the brain that causes destruction of white matter, leading to serious cognitive and motor function deficits. There is limited research surrounding this fatal disease and no known cure.
Those who experience an emotional trauma are at a greater risk for revictimization due in part to an onset of post traumatic stress disorder. But, a stronger understanding of the human brain’s processes may help reduce the risk and severity of these symptoms, thereby reducing the risk for revictimization, researchers say.
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.
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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.
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. Regarding clean energy technology implementation, Radloff says that he believes market economics may be more influential than governmental forces.