Synthesizing and characterizing new compounds with interesting properties costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time. By simulating substances inside powerful computers, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers are accelerating the process of making new materials, some of which might be very useful for advanced communication devices. Check out my article about this innovative […]
Scholars at UW-Madison lead the way in genome engineering research, as well as deliberations about responsible use of the technique. This piece originially appeared at: Tweaking text in the book of life: What engineering genomes means for science and society While humans certainly are composed of softer materials than steel and concrete, both bodies and […]
Dilute solutions of hydrogen peroxide sit on shelves in medicine cabinets across the world. Yet synthesizing the chemical at the large scale requires a surprisingly complicated process that is economically unfeasible for all but a few industrial facilities. Chemists and engineers have long been working to develop simpler approaches, and recent research could contribute to developing a […]
Life is flexible. All living cells are basically squishy balloons full of water, proteins and DNA, surrounded by oily membranes. Those membranes stand up to significant amounts of stretching and bending, but only recently have scientists started to fully appreciate the useful organization and functions that result from all that stress. A group at UW-Madison […]
Mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll and malicious Mr. Hyde were opposite aspects of the same man, and their story ended in tragedy because the two couldn’t peacefully coexist. Most materials, too, are capable of being only one thing at a time, but a team of engineers and physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created an entirely new […]
Novel applications of the gene-editing tool CRISPR continue to emerge as preliminary talks in the patent dispute set the stage for a protracted legal battle. Source: Progress and patents, a CRISPR news roundup
How to send high frequency communications without a big bulky antenna? UW-Madison engineers are researching ways to use the metal in military vehicles to send radio signals.