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2011-07-01 10:51:00

HOUSTON, July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- University of Wisconsin students topped two other university teams to win the 2011 NASA eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge - a competition to design and build a space habitat. The team will now take its inflatable space loft to NASA's annual Desert Research and Technology Studies (Desert RATS) field test in Arizona in September. It will be tested as part of a simulated astronaut mission to an asteroid. (Logo:...

2011-06-30 11:00:00

MILWAUKEE, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI), the world's leading automotive battery supplier, is helping to position Wisconsin as a worldwide leader in energy storage. The company today announced it is endowing a professorship, research labs and graduate studies in energy storage at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "Between our scientists and the talented UW students, we expect groundbreaking projects to...

2011-06-23 22:58:12

Just like human teenagers, fruit flies that spend a day buzzing around the "fly mall" with their companions need more sleep. That's because the environment makes their brain circuits grow dense new synapses and they need sleep to dial back the energy needs of their stimulated brains, according to a new study by UW- Madison sleep researchers. Researchers saw this increase in the number of synapses -- the junctions between nerve cells where electrical or chemical signals pass to the next cell...

2011-06-09 23:41:18

In chemistry, so-called aromatic molecules compose a large and versatile family of chemical compounds that are the stuff of pharmaceuticals, electronic materials and consumer products ranging from sunscreen to plastic soda bottles. Writing in the current online issue (June 9) of the journal Science, a team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Shannon Stahl reports a new, environmentally friendly way to make substituted aromatic molecules that can be customized for...

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2011-05-23 09:05:00

Pity the lowly astrocyte, the most common cell in the human nervous system. Long considered to be little more than putty in the brain and spinal cord, the star-shaped astrocyte has found new respect among neuroscientists who have begun to recognize its many functions in the brain, not to mention its role in a range of disorders of the central nervous system. Now, writing in the May 22 issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology, a group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell...

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2011-05-02 05:55:00

Researchers eavesdropping on complex signals from a remote Wisconsin lake have detected what they say is an unmistakable warning--a death knell--of the impending collapse of the lake's aquatic ecosystem. The finding, reported April 28 in the journal Science by a team of researchers led by Stephen Carpenter, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), is the first experimental evidence that radical change in an ecosystem can be detected in advance, possibly in time to...

2011-04-28 21:27:55

Researchers eavesdropping on complex signals emanating from a remote Wisconsin lake have detected what they say is an unmistakable warning "” a death knell "” of the impending collapse of the lake's aquatic ecosystem. The finding, reported today (April 29) in the journal Science by a team of researchers led by Stephen Carpenter, a limnologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first experimental evidence that radical change in an ecosystem can be detected in advance,...

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2011-04-28 06:05:00

A new study suggests that parts of the brain can actually fall asleep for a fraction of a second when tired, despite the fact that the organ as a whole is awake at the time. The implications of the study, which was conducted on rats, are far-reaching, particularly for people performing tasks where sleep deprivation could be dangerous, the scientists said. "Even before you feel fatigued, there are signs in the brain that you should stop certain activities that may require alertness," said...

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2011-04-23 10:50:00

Research in the worm is shedding light on a protein associated with a number of different human cancers, and may point to a highly targeted way to treat them.University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists were studying a worm protein called TFG-1, which is present in many cell types but whose exact role had never been understood. The scientists discovered that the protein controls key aspects of the movement, or secretion, of growth factors out of cells."TFG-1 has never been implicated in the...

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2011-04-19 10:30:09

Precipitation and predators key in ecological regulation of infectious disease A little information can go a long way when it comes to understanding rodent-borne infectious disease, as shown by a new study led by scientist John Orrock of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and colleagues. The researchers studied wild deer mouse populations on the Channel Islands off the southern coast of California.  The mice carry a variant of hantavirus--a disease spread by rodents--called Sin Nombre...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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