June 27, 2014 - 7:15pm
Alzheimer's disease research is one of the first projects supported by a fund created to commercialize medical technology developed by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Technology Innovation Initiative...
June 27, 2014 - 10:30am
Above, one of the many sea caves that can be explored via kayak at the Apostle Islands. Photo: Sarah Cady.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will take snap shots of otherwise elusive predator mammals later this summer. There’ll be at least 30 “critter cams” put up later this summer on Stockton Island, an island known for one of the densest...
June 26, 2014 - 1:30pm
Above, magnified images of the fibers discovered in rock formations in the Penokee Hills. Images by Tom Fitz obtained via open records request.
Long, slender, flexible fibers were found within rocks in a proposed mining area in the Penokee Hills last year by the state Department of Natural Resources. Now, a debate over whether minerals pose a public health hazard has led to accusations of science denial and character attacks.
June 4, 2014 - 11:45am
UW-La Crosse Assistant Vice Chancellor- Chief Information Officer Mohamed Elhindi in a VHS archive room. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR News.
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will become the first member of the UW System to officially phase out VCRs, in an effort to replace obsolete technology in the classroom.
May 30, 2014 - 2:15pm
You may have seen the Apple iPad commercial that features conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. In just over a week, it's been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube. The ad shows Salonen using software to write and score his violin concerto (reviewed here in the New Yorker magazine),...
May 26, 2014 - 1:15pm
Photo: Joseph Mason/University of Wisconsin
Well below the soil depth of most home gardens, Wisconsin scientists say there might be more soil that is rich in carbon, and a new study suggests that could mean bad things for climate change. Many scientists used to think most of the carbon in soil was only in the first half-meter of ground, but...
April 25, 2014 - 5:15pm
In some areas of rural Wisconsin, dialup via modem remains the only access to the Internet. Photo: Nkolous (CC-BY-NC-SA)
Rural Wisconsin needs better internet access: that's the consensus from a series of listening sessions being held by the United States Department of Agriculture.
April 23, 2014 - 11:00am
Tired of drinking already-hydrated alcohol? Powdered alcohol is available in Germany and the Netherlands, but the possibility that it could be approved here has people worried about the potential for misuse and abuse. Photo: Thomas Hawk (CC-NC-BY)
State Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, says he'll introduce legislation to ban powdered alcohol in Wisconsin if it becomes available this fall.
April 16, 2014 - 11:30am
La Crosse County Sustainability Coordinatora Nick Nichols, UW-La Crosse student Christa Booman, and Viterbo University student Coleton Lewis are organizing the first BioBlitz at the county's landfill. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR.
In La Crosse County, officials and researchers are trying to organize a first of its kind effort to better understand wildlife at the local landfill. Not much is known about the plants and animals that live there. When University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student Christa Booman first toured the La...
April 14, 2014 - 5:00pm
Researchers are hunting for new antibiotics to replace those that no longer work. Photo: Paul (CC-BY-NC-ND)
A research team that includes bacteriologists from University of Wisconsin-Madison has been awarded a $16 million grant from the National Insititutes of Health to find new antibiotics to replace those that no longer work. The fight against bad bacteria has become more lopsided as the number of new...