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2011-02-11 19:39:16

Leafcutter ants, signature denizens of New World tropical forests, are unique in their ability to harvest fresh leaves to cultivate a nutrient-rich fungus as food. Now, this mutualism -- a complicated interplay of ants, fungi and a suite of bacteria -- is coming into sharper focus as a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has published the complete genome of the leafcutter ant, Atta cephalotes. The study, published today (Feb. 10, 2011) in the journal Public Library of Science...

2011-02-04 12:04:08

By coaxing healthy and diseased human bone marrow to become embryonic-like stem cells, a team of Wisconsin scientists has laid the groundwork for observing the onset of the blood cancer leukemia in the laboratory dish. "This is the first successful reprogramming of blood cells obtained from a patient with leukemia," says University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin, who directed a study aimed at generating all-purpose stem cells from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood....

2011-01-26 10:15:00

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If the companies that spend millions to advertise in the Super Bowl want viewers to like their ads, the ads should feature a cute kid instead of a pop star, say University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire marketing professors Dr. Chuck Tomkovick and Dr. Rama Yelkur, who have done multiple studies on Super Bowl advertising. "In the past, including a celebrity in your ad was a no-brainer," said Tomkovick. "For years the use of celebrities...

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2011-01-25 07:35:00

Future queen or tireless toiler? A paper wasp's destiny may lie in the antennal drumbeats of its caretaker. While feeding their colony's larvae, a paper wasp queen and other dominant females periodically beat their antennae in a rhythmic pattern against the nest chambers, a behavior known as antennal drumming. The drumming behavior is clearly audible even to human listeners and has been observed for decades, prompting numerous hypotheses about its purpose, says Robert Jeanne, a professor...

2011-01-19 14:34:50

A cold dose of fear lends an edge to the here-and-now "” say, when things go bump in the night. "That edge sounds good. It sounds adaptive. It sounds like perception is enhanced and that it can keep you safe in the face of danger," says Alexander Shackman, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But it sounds like there's also a catch, one that Shackman and his coauthors "” including Richard Davidson, UW-Madison psychology and psychiatry professor "” described...

2011-01-06 00:01:43

Shine Advertising Showcases UW Health's Extraordinary Patient Care Madison, WI (PRWEB) January 5, 2011 For years, UW Health has been a champion of excellence and innovation in the health sciences. Achieving breakthroughs in medicine and health care and pioneering innovative treatments, UW Health has represented world-class medical care, right here in your own backyard. Shine Advertising was recently asked to develop a statewide marketing campaign that illuminates the unsurpassed medical...

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2010-12-23 08:10:00

To survive in a tumultuous environment, sea urchins literally eat through stone, using their teeth to carve out nooks where the spiny creatures hide from predators and protect themselves from the crashing surf on the rocky shores and tide pools where they live. The rock-boring behavior is astonishing, scientists agree, but what is truly remarkable is that, despite constant grinding and scraping on stone, urchin teeth never, ever get dull. The secret of their ever-sharp qualities has puzzled...

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2010-12-21 08:48:16

A popular herbal supplement viewed by many as a way to beat the common cold actually has minimal effect in dealing with the illness, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health said on Monday. In a randomized trial, Bruce Barrett, an associate professor of family medicine at UW-Madison, and his colleagues selected over 700 people between the ages of 12 and 80, each of whom were in the early stages of a cold. The study participants were separated...

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2010-12-15 23:16:46

It's one of the more frustrating parts of summer. You check the weather forecast, see nothing dramatic, and go hiking or biking. Then, four hours later, a thunderstorm appears out of nowhere and ruins your afternoon.Thunderstorms can bring intense rain, hail, lightning and even tornadoes, but "predicting them a few hours out is one of the great problems of meteorology," says Chian-Yi Liu, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.And the consequences can be more serious...

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2010-12-14 10:25:00

Those who choose to pray find personalized comfort during hard times, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist. The 75 percent of Americans who pray on a weekly basis do so to manage a range of negative situations and emotions "” illness, sadness, trauma and anger "” but just how they find relief has gone unconsidered by researchers. Through the course of in-depth interviews with dozens of victims of violent relationships with intimate partners, Shane Sharp, a...