UW researchers discover an evolutionary stepping stone to beet-red beets

Writing this week (Oct. 9, 2017) in the journal New Phytologist, University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor of Botany Hiroshi Maeda and his colleagues describe an ancient loosening up of a key biochemical pathway that set the stage for the ancestors of beets to develop their characteristic red pigment.

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UW awarded $12.5 million to study astrophysical plasma here on Earth

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $12.5 million to the University of Wisconsin–Madison to develop an integrated facility that will expand the frontier of astrophysical plasma research. Combining and extending two existing projects, the Big Red Plasma Ball and the Madison Symmetric Torus, the new Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory, or WiPPL, will research fundamental properties of plasma in order to better understand our universe, where the hot gas is abundant.

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UW System researchers played a role in Nobel-winning gravitational wave discovery

Tuesday's announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to researchers Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish of the California Institute of Technology, bears University of Wisconsin System connections.

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New center focuses on the Wisconsin economy

Economics professor Noah Williams intends for the center to examine economic issues affecting the state and make its research accessible to policymakers and the business community.

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

The effort combined chemical analysis of nitrate film, review of historical literature on it, and information from professionals who have handled, stored and shipped it.

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Monica Turner in the New York Times: Fire on the Mountain: 2 Forests Offer Clues to Yellowstone’s Fate in a Warming World

Yellowstone’s recent fires offer a rare natural experiment to see how forests regenerate after burning and reburning at short intervals.

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Hunting dark matter

UW-Madison scientists join forces with top physicists, engineers and technicians around the world to prove the existence of dark matter.

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Magnetic fields in distant galaxy are new piece of cosmic puzzle

Astronomers have measured magnetic fields in a galaxy 4.6 billion light-years away — a big clue to understanding how magnetic fields formed and evolved over cosmic time.

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Coral skeletons may resist the effects of acidifying oceans

New research from Pupa Gilbert provides evidence that at least one species of coral, Stylophora pistillata, and possibly others, build their hard, calcium carbonate skeletons faster, and in bigger pieces, than previously thought.

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