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November 03, 2015

Cities across the nation draw energy from interlinked transmission lines—and coordinating where to send resources at any given moment requires thousands of split-second calculations based upon massive amounts of data.  

November 03, 2015

We've come a long way since the first cars trundled onto our roads. 

Today, the vehicles we drive are equipped with everything from satellite navigation and automated parking technology to heated seats and hybrid engines. 

But now, engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have come up with technology that enables energy to be harvested from moving tires.

phototransistor

October 30, 2015

Inspired by mammals' eyes, University of Wisconsin-Madison electrical engineers have created the fastest, most responsive flexible silicon phototransistor ever made.

Tim Donohue

October 28, 2015

While scientists learn more with each passing study about the way the invisible lives of fungi, bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms intersect with much larger plants and animals as well as the planet, Tim Donohue and a group of prominent scientists want to make sure researchers don’t miss the giant forest for the tiny trees.

electric vehicles

October 15, 2015

What will it take to make a cross-country drive in a light duty vehicle, the kind of car or truck many of us drive every day, a low-carbon pursuit?

October 09, 2015

Madison’s Beltline — the major thoroughfare that cuts through the city — is flanked by massive metal structures transmitting electricity faster than the moving cars they tower over.

NASA Satellite Image Ozone

October 05, 2015

On October 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the lowering of its national ambient air quality ozone standard (NAAQS) from 75 to 70 parts per billion (ppb). The rule effectively limits the amount of a major ground-level pollutant – the “smog” generated by vehicles, industry, and power plants – considered safe to breathe.

October 05, 2015

Srivatsan “Vatsan” Raman joined the faculty in the Department of Biochemistry as an assistant professor in August. Read this Q&A with Professor Raman with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Linda Graham's Team

October 01, 2015

For many of us, the thought of seaweed conjures up the slippery green strands we reluctantly wade through to reach the more inviting depths of our favorite summer swimming hole.

For algae expert Linda Graham, however, seaweed is “macroalgae”, a resource for improving aquatic health in oceans, rivers, and streams as well as the source of potentially valuable industrial products.

urban heat island

September 28, 2015

Extreme summers like that of 2012 — which saw record temperatures in cities across the U.S. — may be atypical, but experts say they will return, especially as the planet warms under climate change. And as they do, cities will be especially vulnerable.

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