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2012-05-02 21:01:59

Liquid crystals, the state of matter that makes possible the flat screen technology now commonly used in televisions and computers, may have some new technological tricks in store. Writing today (May 3, 2012) in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers led by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Juan J. de Pablo reports the results of a computational study that shows liquid crystals, manipulated at the smallest scale, can...

2012-04-18 20:16:36

Practices like physical exercise, certain forms of psychological counseling and meditation can all change brains for the better, and these changes can be measured with the tools of modern neuroscience, according to a review article now online at Nature Neuroscience. The study reflects a major transition in the focus of neuroscience from disease to well being, says first author Richard Davidson, professor of psychology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The brain is constantly changing...

2012-04-11 09:25:40

Caltech researchers say habitat loss and tropical cooling were to blame for mass extinction The second-largest mass extinction in Earth's history coincided with a short but intense ice age during which enormous glaciers grew and sea levels dropped. Although it has long been agreed that the so-called Late Ordovician mass extinction–which occurred about 450 million years ago–was related to climate change, exactly how the climate change produced the extinction has not been known....

2012-03-26 13:40:58

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D., president of the American Chemical Society (ACS) – the world's largest scientific society – today described initiatives on climate science, the education of future scientists and commemoration of a landmark federal law that engendered some of the nation's greatest universities. Those initiatives will be the theme of Shakhashiri's presidential year. A chemistry professor who holds the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at...

'Off Topic' Thinking Linked To High Working Memory Capacity
2012-03-18 05:49:03

Having a mind that wanders and drifts off into thoughts unrelated to the task at hand might not be such a bad thing after all, according to a new study published online by the journal Psychology Science last Wednesday. In fact, according to PsychCentral Senior News Editor Rick Nauert, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science have discovered that this phenomenon is actually associated with working memory capacity,...

2012-03-15 23:39:45

Huntington's disease, the debilitating congenital neurological disorder that progressively robs patients of muscle coordination and cognitive ability, is a condition without effective treatment, a slow death sentence. But if researchers can build on new research reported this week (March 15, 2012) in the journal Cell Stem Cell, a special type of brain cell forged from stem cells could help restore the muscle coordination deficits that cause the uncontrollable spasms characteristic of the...

2012-03-14 12:55:12

For the first time, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have made early retina structures containing proliferating neuroretinal progenitor cells using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells derived from human blood. And in another advance, the retina structures showed the capacity to form layers of cells — as the retina does in normal human development — and these cells possessed the machinery that could allow them to communicate information. (Light-sensitive...

Image 1 - Following A Watershed's Winding Path To Sustainability
2012-03-11 07:17:32

National Science Foundation "Water, Sustainability and Climate" award fosters new view of urban rivers, lakes Cherokee Marsh, it's called, this sunken enclave surrounded by cattails and bulrushes.  The marsh is a mere dot on a map of the state of Wisconsin, but its importance reaches far beyond the wetland's edge. The Yahara River flows through Cherokee Marsh, swirling through coontail, sago pondweed, glade mallow and other plant species along the Yahara watershed as it goes. ...

2012-03-09 02:33:36

Minority principals and other administrative personnel at elementary and high schools play a key role in implementing policies and practices aimed at engaging immigrant parents of students, according to new research from Rice University, the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and Vanderbilt University. The researchers examined how schools in districts with immigrant populations are addressing low levels of parent involvement in their children´s education and providing...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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