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electromagnetic scattering

New Theory Could Open Potent New Applications for Light

One bar, two bars — it’s an all-too-common problem. You’re in a large building, driving in a remote area, or even right in the...
corn plants

Breeding Highly Productive Corn Has Reduced Its Ability to Adapt

Stuck where they are, plants have to adapt to their environments, responding to stresses like drought or pests by changing how they grow. On a...
antibiotics

New Model Reveals Possibility of Pumping Antibiotics into Bacteria

Researchers in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry have discovered that a cellular pump known to move drugs like antibiotics out of E....
smart papervideo

‘Smart’ Paper Can Conduct Electricity, Detect Water

In cities and large-scale manufacturing plants, a water leak in a complicated network of pipes can take tremendous time and effort to detect, as...
mental health

How Air Pollution Clouds Mental Health

There is little debate over the link between air pollution and the human respiratory system: Research shows that dirty air can impair breathing and...
smart fabricvideo

How to Store Information in Your Clothes Invisibly, Without Electronics

A new type of smart fabric developed at the University of Washington could pave the way for jackets that store invisible passcodes and open...
earthquake

50 Simulations of the ‘Really Big One’ Show How a 9.0...

One of the worst nightmares for many Pacific Northwest residents is a huge earthquake along the offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone, which would unleash damaging...
robots

Flexible ‘Skin’ Can Help Robots, Prosthetics Perform Everyday Tasks by Sensing...

If a robot is sent to disable a roadside bomb — or delicately handle an egg while cooking you an omelet — it needs...
soil fertility

Farmers Using UW-Built Software Statewide to Cut Pollution, Plan Soil Fertility

A software program intended to cut water pollution and soil erosion has matured into an essential production tool for farmers, says Fond du Lac...
transistor

Team Builds Flexible New Platform for High-Performance Electronics

A team of University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world — and with it, a fast, simple...
climate change

Climate Change Challenges the Survival of Fish Across the World

Climate change will force many amphibians, mammals and birds to move to cooler areas outside their normal ranges, provided they can find space and...
communication devicevideo

UW Team Shatters Long-range Communication Barrier for Devices That Consume Almost...

University of Washington researchers have demonstrated for the first time that devices that run on almost zero power can transmit data across distances of...
Thunderstorms

Ship Exhaust Makes Oceanic Thunderstorms More Intense

Thunderstorms directly above two of the world’s busiest shipping lanes are significantly more powerful than storms in areas of the ocean where ships don’t...
pupilscreenvideo

PupilScreen Aims to Allow Parents, Coaches, Medics to Detect Concussion, Brain...

University of Washington researchers are developing the first smartphone app that is capable of objectively detecting concussion and other traumatic brain injuries in the...
stem cells

Move over Gucci; Researchers Create Designer Stem Cells

UW Medicine researchers recently lead a successful effort to create "designer" stem cells that might lead to advances in cancer and aging, they say. In a paper...
Pancreatic Cancervideo

New App Uses Smartphone Selfies to Screen for Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer has one of the worst prognoses — with a five-year survival rate of 9 percent — in part because there are no...
Vertebrate Specimensvideo

Scientists to Create Digital Encyclopedia of 3-D Vertebrate Specimens

A $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant will daylight thousands of specimens from their museum shelves by CT scanning 20,000 vertebrates and making these...
dairy farm

UW Team’s “Virtual Dairy Farm Brain” Aims to Help Farmers Make...

There’s a failure to communicate on Mitch Breunig’s dairy farm. The problem doesn’t involve people—Breunig and his crew share information just fine. It has...
cardiac

Cardiac Team Is First in World to Employ New Aortic Technique

A UW Medicine cardiologist has taken another step into the realm of heart surgeons in performing a first-in-the-world intentional cut via catheter to replace...
smart devicevideo

Computer Scientists Use Music to Covertly Track Body Movements, Activity

As smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and other smart devices become more prevalent in our lives, computer scientists have raised concerns that these network-enabled devices,...