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Tuesday, April 23, 2024



UW-Madison highlights research at 2016 Science Expedition

UW-Madison hosted its 14th annual Science Expedition over the weekend to highlight research performed by students, faculty and scientists at the university. The expedition allowed attendees to interact with students and professors at UW-Madison laboratories, museums, greenhouses and research centers.

UW-Madison will continue to operate “IceCube” thanks to renewed funding from the National Science Foundation.

University receives funding to operate telescope in South Pole

UW-Madison announced the renewal of its funding with the National Science Foundation to operate a telescope known as “IceCube” buried under ice in the South Pole, according to a university news release. The funding for IceCube will be $35 million over the next five years. IceCube is located at the NSF’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and operates to detect high-energy cosmic neutrinos, the discovery of which has led to other scientific findings, according to the release.

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Artificial eye that can see in the dark created by UW-Madison researchers

UW–Madison engineers have created an artificial eye that can see in the dark and be used for search-and-rescue robots, surgical scopes, telescopes and recreational purposes, including night photography. Hongru Jiang, a UW-Madison professor of computer and biomedical engineering and the study’s author, said he gained inspiration for the artificial eye from unique cells that make up the retina of elephant nose fish, according to a university release.

Fruit Fly

Female fruit flies adapt to male phallus

The fruit fly, as intolerable as they can seem, is integral to studying and understanding genetics. John Pool, a UW-Madison assistant professor in genetics, studies population genetics primarily by using fruit flies.

Fast radio bursts

Fast Radio Bursts observed

The universe is a vast and mysterious space, filled with distant and puzzling objects, but UW-Madison physics professor Peter Timbie has played a huge role in helping to demystify it by giving us a deeper understanding of the incredibly rare cosmological phenomenon called Fast Radio Burst: a singular pulse of radio signal. Timbie and his lab work with understanding the early universe, using large radio telescopes to detect the signals emitted by distant pulsars, which are neutron stars that emit regular and repeated radio wave signals across the universe.  During a radio survey using the Green Bank Radio Telescope in Green Bank, Va., they heard that a research group in Australia had detected over ten Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs.


UW-Madison evolutionary biologist awarded Lewis Thomas Prize

Rockefeller University announced Thursday that Sean B. Carroll, UW-Madison evolutionary biologist and author, won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. The award was established in 1993 to honor individuals writing about science “whose voice and vision can tell us about science’s aesthetic and philosophical dimensions, providing not merely new information but cause for reflection, even revelation,” according to a university release.

Yahara Watershed

Land arrangement alters water quality

The Yahara Watershed reaches around the city of Madison and its defining lakes. It’s a large stretch of land, spanning farms and forests and dotted by the occasional construction site that slowly reshapes and urbanizes its traditional farms and prairies.  In the center are five lakes, each one fed by the rain that flows down the periphery of the watershed and into the Yahara River, ultimately leading through the rivers and streams that join the Mississippi and drain into the Gulf of Mexico almost a thousand miles away.  In a Birge Hall lab seemingly isolated from that network of water that flows around it, Jiangxiao Qiu studied models of the region, observing data sets created from Department of Natural Resources mapping, UW-Madison’s Center for Limnology and other organizations.

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