Category Archives: Research News

In the heart of devastating outbreak, research team unlocks secrets of Ebola

In a comprehensive and complex molecular study of blood samples from Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, published today (Nov. 16, 2017) in Cell Host & Microbe, a scientific team led by…

Sunny solution for killing E. coli

Treating wastewater with solar irradiation shows promise in reducing two E. coli strains but a resilient strain persists. Increasingly virulent strains of Escherichia coli are circulating in wastewater around the…

Semiconductors with an aligned interface

Efficiency gains come from tuning the properties of semiconducting materials by combining layers of different composition. The electronic characteristics of an interface between two wide bandgap semiconductors are determined by…

New Arboretum director continues legacy of restoration, teaching

As fall slowly hardens to winter in Madison, part of Karen Oberhauser’s new job is to walk the trails of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum, getting a sense not just for…

New Possibility to Prevent and Treat Parkinson’s Disease with Licorice Extract

Researchers in Korea newly found the mechanism of inhibition of dopamine neuronal cell death using licorice extract ‘liquiritigenin’. It scientifically proves the possibility of treating degenerative brain diseases using natural…

Molecular magnetism packs power with “messenger electron”

Electrons can be a persuasive bunch, or at least, a talkative bunch, according to new work from John Berry’s lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The spins of unpaired electrons…

Deadly Combination in Neurodegenerative Diseases Revealed

Japanese researchers develop new mouse model that captures pathology of sporadic neurological diseases. Nagoya, Japan – Neurodegenerative diseases are incurable and debilitating conditions that result in progressive degeneration and death…

Some Latinos believe science may negatively impact their kids’ faith

Bias might shape educational aims of religious students in black, Latino communities HOUSTON – More than one-third of Latinos interviewed in a recent study believe science education may have a negative…

Toward efficient high-pressure desalination

Surprisingly, pressurization isn’t to blame for fouling of membranes, study finds. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The desalination industry, a critical source of potable water in many arid regions, generated more than…

Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life

An asteroid, also known as the Chicxulub Impactor, hit Earth some 66 million years ago, causing a crater 180 km wide. The impact of the asteroid heated organic matter in…