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Researchers celebrate achieving a plasma from the control room at the Wisconsin HTS Axisymmetric Mirror Project (WHAM) experiment
July 18, 2024

First plasma marks major milestone in UW–Madison fusion energy research

A fusion device at the University of Wisconsin–Madison generated plasma for the first time Monday, opening a door to making the highly anticipated, carbon-free energy source a reality. Over the…

Corn field
July 16, 2024

Upcycling discarded plants: New UW-Madison center to harness energy, nutrients from biomass

The nonprofit Schmidt Sciences and the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) have selected a multi-institution group of researchers to establish the new Center for Mineral and Metal Oxide…

Krishanu Saha reviews cells in his laboratory with a student
July 2, 2024

Serendipity reveals new method to fight cancer with T cells

A promising therapy that treats blood cancers by harnessing the power of the immune system to target and destroy cancer cells could now treat solid tumors more efficiently. Thanks to…

Krishanu Saha
July 2, 2024

Saha lab develops advanced gene editing techniques to boost T cells in cancer treatment

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biomedical Engineering and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) have pioneered a new method to enhance the body’s disease-fighting T cells using advanced…

Communications satellite
July 1, 2024

Through years of hard work, a promising new ‘low-work-function’ cathode material is poised to fill vacuum electronics

A multi-year collaboration between electrical and materials science engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has resulted in a promising new electron emission cathode material, a key component in modern vacuum…

Consortium for Holistic Steel Systems members John Klein, Hannah Blum, Andrea Hicks and Thomas Sputo
June 27, 2024

With a strong foundation, new steel consortium at UW-Madison blends sustainability with structural integrity

A new research consortium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison leverages structural engineering research excellence and the applied experience of industrial partners. Hannah Blum, an associate professor of civil and environmental…

Power lines
June 25, 2024

Just in time for summer storms and big heat waves, new tools may help electrical grid operators mitigate major blackouts

A new suite of software tools will allow the nation’s electrical grid managers to detect and track instabilities in real time. Developed by engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Washington…

A multifunctional sensing sticker
June 19, 2024

Printed sensors in soil could help farmers improve crop yields and save money

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed low-cost sensors that allow for real-time, continuous monitoring of nitrate in soil types that are common in Wisconsin. These printed electrochemical sensors could enable…

Mahima Gupta
June 17, 2024

Focus on new faculty: Mahima Gupta is designing power converters for the electric revolution

Power converters are an essential component of many electrical systems, from a smartphone or electric car to the electric grid. These devices flip current from AC to DC or DC…

PhD student Kevin Stindt and Associate Professor Megan McClean
June 17, 2024

Transfer tech: A new method for manipulating fungi in microbiomes

By targeting the bacteria in microbiomes, scientists can improve human gut health, bolster the hardiness of agricultural crops, and treat wastewater. Bacteria aren’t the only members of microbiomes, though. Fungi…