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Citizen scientists scour Madison area for invasive jumping worms

From Fitchburg to Governor’s Island and Monona to Middleton, teams of volunteers dispersed across the Madison area Sept. 10 in search of small, pink, wriggling invaders: jumping worms. Hunched over…

Asthma Drug from the Garden Center

The coralberry could offer new hope for asthmatics: researchers at the University of Bonn have extracted a new kind of active pharmaceutical ingredient from its leaves to combat this widespread…

Fire in a crowded theater? Nitrate film is crumbling as experts strive to salvage the past

A University of Wisconsin–Madison group has just published results from a six-year exploration of old, unstable film stock that nevertheless holds the oldest heritage of moving pictures. Called “nitrate film,” it’s flammable…

Integrated lasers on different surfaces

A simple and versatile technique for manufacturing hybrid lasers on different materials opens the door to new applications for photonic devices. Fabricating hybrid semiconductor lasers on materials other than the…

With deer season on horizon, lab ramps up for CWD testing

More than half a million hunters will take to Wisconsin’s woods and fields this fall in pursuit of white-tailed deer, the state’s iconic big game animal. If trends continue, nearly…

New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct

Approach may enable robots to move around hospitals, malls, and other areas with heavy foot traffic. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Just as drivers observe the rules of the road, most pedestrians follow…

Ancient Earth’s hot interior created “graveyard” of continental slabs

Higher mantle temperatures caused subducting tectonic plates to sink much further than they do today. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Plate tectonics has shaped the Earth’s surface for billions of years: Continents…

Course explores new field at intersection of genomics and society

At a time when sequencing your genes is as simple as spitting in a cup, Jason Fletcher wants to understand how this new trove of data impacts society by helping to build…

Survey captures global picture of air pollution’s effects on birds

Famously, the use of caged birds to alert miners to the invisible dangers of gases such as carbon monoxide gave rise to the cautionary metaphor “canary in a coal mine.”…

Researchers clarify mystery about proposed battery material

Study explains conflicting results from other experiments, may lead to batteries with more energy per pound. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Battery researchers agree that one of the most promising possibilities for…