1. UW-Madison: Ultraprecise atomic clock poised for new physics discoveries

    Photo of one of the first steps in creating the optical atomic clocks used in this study, which is to cool strontium atoms to near absolute zero in a vacuum chamber, which makes them appear as a glowing blue ball floating in the chamber. IMAGE PROVIDED BY SHIMON KOLKOWITZ

    University of Wisconsin–Madison physicists have made one of the highest performance atomic clocks ever, they announced Feb. 16 in the journal Nature. Their instrument, known as an optical lattice atomic […]

  2. Research to application — Fog detection software helps airlines keep travelers safe

    Satellite image: In 2021, the GOES-R Fog and Low Stratus satellite product became operational in National Weather Service offices across the country. Helping airlines and passengers avoid costly delays and warning smaller aircraft of potential danger. Credit: Corey Calvert

    Fog and low stratus clouds over airports can create dangerous travel conditions that result in costly delays and disrupted travel plans. The US National Weather Service offices monitor and issue warnings […]

  3. New Immersive Simulator Lets Game Players Reimagine Land Use Based on Real Science

    Photo of land use simulator

    UW–Madison researchers teamed with New England conservation nonprofit Mass Audubon to create an online learning game that lets players model how different zoning choices would affect the environment, jobs, housing and other […]

  4. New UW–Madison research projects to benefit Great Lakes

    Photo of Lake Michigan shoreline as seen from Sheboygan. Six research projects at UW–Madison will examine aspects of lakes Michigan and Superior. SSEC

    The Great Lakes contain 95 percent of all the fresh surface water in the United States, and Wisconsin is fortunate that two of those lakes make up its northern and […]

  5. UW-Madison teams up with NFL on research designed to reduce head injuries in athletes

    Photo of Daniel Cobian holding a specialized mouthguard that will be used by football players involved in the study. The sensors in the mouthguard will collect data on head impacts.

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are partnering with the National Football League (NFL) to study how on-field head impacts can inform injury reduction efforts […]

  6. “The implications are enormous”: UW-Madison graduate student’s innovative climate research could change building design

    Photo of Gesang, who presented her research at the 100th American Meteorological Society annual meeting, in Boston, January 2020. Her poster was also named outstanding student poster at the conference.

    When she was young, Gesangyangji would stare at the peaks on the mountains surrounding Lhasa, her birthplace in the Tibetan Plateau. They were covered in snow. But as she grew […]

  7. The future looks fresh: New collaboration will boost Wisconsin water research, policy, and economy

    Photo of faculty from five UW campuses who met in July at the UW-Waukesha field station for a daylong retreat to plan Freshwater Science 101, a new course to be offered to students at UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-La Crosse, UW Oshkosh, and UW-Parkside. Pictured are Eric Strauss, Robert Stelzer, Jake VanderZanden, Mike Carvan, Greg Kleinheinz, Jessica Orlofske, and Marlin, who gave them a tour of the station. Taking the photo was Tracy Boyer. Photo courtesy of Heidi Jeter.

    On a sunny afternoon in late September, a group of undergraduate students boarded Limnos II, UW-Madison’s Center for Limnology (CFL) pontoon boat, for a field trip on Lake Mendota with CFL […]

  8. UW-Madison: Real-time video of scenes hidden around corners is now possible

    Screenshot of video: As Ji Hyun Nam slowly tosses a stuffed cat toy into the air, a real-time video captures the playful scene — from around a corner. With further refinements, the technology could find uses in search-and-rescue, defense and medical imaging. (Caution: Video contains flashing lights, which may be a problem for some people, including those with photosensitive epilepsy or a history of migraines and headaches.)

    As Ji Hyun Nam slowly tosses a stuffed cat toy into the air, a real-time video captures the playful scene at a 20th century webcam clip — a mere five […]

  9. New $10M UW-Madison project to study, support diverse perennial forage systems

    Photo of a UW-Madison researcher standing in a field

    With the support of a $10 million grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a multi-state team of researchers is embarking on an effort to study diverse […]

  10. UW-Madison breast cancer researchers learn how to teach an old drug new tricks to help patients

    Photo of Beth Weaver wanted to know if there was a way to predict who would benefit from Taxol and who might not, to spare these patients the side effects of the potent chemotherapy drug. COURTESY OF UW CARBONE CANCER CENTER

    Paclitaxel, or Taxol, is an old standby drug in the oncologist’s tool belt. Yet only about half of breast cancer patients treated with the drug see their tumors shrink or […]