Category Archives: Research News

Regenerating tissues with gene-targeting molecules

A synthetic DNA-targeting molecule could pave the way for tissue regeneration. Stem cells can be triggered to change into heart muscle cells by a new method involving synthetic molecules. The…

An eye for high explosives

Fluorescent polymer points the finger at traces of explosive devices. Bomb plots could be thwarted with the help of a portable system for detecting traces of high explosives using fluorescent…

Engineered Therapy for Blood Clotting Disorder Shows Early Promise

An investigational treatment that mimics a key clotting enzyme is effective, safe, and may one day eliminate the need for blood products for people with the rare, life-threatening blood disease…

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…

Secrets of Bonsai: Uncovering the mechanism of root regeneration

The molecular mechanism behind root regeneration after root cutting in plants has been discovered. A finding which could lead to the development of new methods for regulating plant growth in…

“Handedness” in Scale-eating Fish: Nature and Nurture

Two researchers from Nagoya University and the University of Toyama find scale-eating fish have a naturally stronger side for attacking prey fish, and learn to use the dominant side through…

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…

“Peel-and-go” printable structures fold themselves

Expanding polymer enables self-folding without heating or immersion in water. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that…