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Airplane Cabin

Meet the teen who just won $75,000 for inventing a system to keep germs from spreading on airplanes

Posted May 18, 2015


George Whitesides

Reinventing Chemistry

By George Whitesides

Posted April 29, 2015


Cat

What a Cat Knows about Greenhouse Gases!

Cats always seek out the warmest spot in the house, and why that is often in front of a window has something to do with greenhouse gases.

Posted April 22, 2015


Radio

Professor Bassam Shakhashiri Discusses the Wisconsin Idea on WPR

Posted April 17, 2015


Oliver Sacks

A General Feeling of Disorder

An essay by Oliver Sacks

Posted April 9, 2015


Earth Day

Earth, the Marvelous Blue Orb

In honor of Earth Day, take a gander at breathtaking images of our planet taken from the International Space Station.

(with video)

Posted April 7, 2015


ACS Contest

Chemistry Champions Contest

Hey Younger Chemists! ChemChamps is back in 2015—and bigger than ever. You could be just two videos away from a trip to Washington, DC. Winners in DC will fly to the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA, in August 2015, to compete for the ChemChamps trophy!

Posted April 2, 2015


Climate Change

In Florida, Officials Ban Term 'Climate Change'

Posted April 1, 2015


Science Fair

Remarks by the President at White House Science Fair

Posted March 30, 2015


Discovery

Fueling Discovery

A collection of articles that shines a light on UW-Madison's Department of Letters & Science, and their 111-year commitment to the Wisconsin Idea – the belief that our discoveries are shared to improve the lives of our community and the world.

If you would like to see the collection as it appeared in print, click here.

Posted March 26, 2015


UW Science Writer in Residence

BuzzFeed's Dan Vergano to be spring Science Writer in Residence
at UW-Madison

Posted March 26, 2015


Prof. Shakhashiri

Celebrating Chemistry

Meg A. Mole, Future Chemist, interviews Prof. Shakhashiri

With Meg A. Mole
Bassam with Meg A. Mole

Read the whole "Celebrating Chemistry: Earth Day" edition

Posted March 25, 2015


Precipitation

Dissecting California Precipitation

Field effort to study atmospheric rivers brings together meteorology and chemistry

Posted March 25, 2015


World Water Day

World Water Day 2015

Posted March 18, 2015


Google Doodle

Anna Atkins: Google Doodle artfully celebrates a true-blue photographic pioneer

Posted March 16, 2015


Road Salt Use

Road salt report, 2014

Posted March 16, 2015


Climate Change

A Reagan approach to climate change

Posted March 16, 2015


ACS Video

A Guide to Sweeteners

An interactive periodic table of sweeteners

Posted March 6, 2015


ACS Video

Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, With Alan Alda's Help

Alda uses improvisational exercises to teach scientists how to better speak about their work to nonscientists

Posted March 6, 2015


ACS Video

Why Is Carbon Monoxide So Deadly?

Get to know a molecule presented by the American Chemical Society

Posted March 6, 2015


Climate Change

Support for seven from Harvard President Drew Faust's climate fund

From the Harvard Gazette: $20M initiative to accelerate clean-energy solutions announces inaugural grants

Posted February 19, 2015


Oliver Sacks

My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on learning he has terminal cancer

On the occasion of Oliver's 80th birthday, Roald Hoffmann and Prof. Shakhashiri wrote an editorial in C&E News entitled "The Joy of Chemistry"

Oliver also wrote an opinion piece on turning 80, entitled "The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.)"

Volume 5 of Prof. Shakhashiri's Chemical Demonstrations series was dedicated to Oliver

Posted February 19, 2015


Snowflake architecture

The Frolic Architecture of Snow

Posted February 17, 2015


Science Doubt

Why science is so hard to believe

Posted February 17, 2015


UW-Madison

110 years ago today, UW President Charles Van Hise gave his "I Shall Never Be Content" speech to the Wisconsin State Legislature

See a copy of the original Wisconsin State Journal Article

Read an original copy of the whole speech

Read the press release describing the speech as given Feb 15, 1905 at the Red Gym

Posted February 15, 2015


Climate Change

Anthropologists Issue Statement on Climate Change

Posted February 10, 2015


Farm

Science that is hard to swallow

The biggest gap between public opinion and scientific consensus in the United States is not in the realm of vaccines, global warming or evolution but regarding the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods.

Posted February 10, 2015


Earthquake

Fracking for fuel on shaky ground

Posted February 6, 2015


Deflating Footballs

To Unlock the Deflation Puzzle, Mind Your PV=nRT's

This is a common topic in freshman chemistry here at UW-Madison. Learn more in the Workbook for General Chemistry, Lesson 9: Using the Ideal Gas Law

Posted February 2, 2015


Exploding Droplets

Why Sodium and Potassium Really Explode in Water

This article includes a split-frame high-speed video showing the intense explosion of alkali metal droplets when they come in contact with water.

Posted February 2, 2015


Science and Society

Public and scientists' views on science and society

Posted February 2, 2015


Global Warming

Global Warming: What should be done?

Posted January 30, 2015


YouTube Video

Knighthood for Professor Poliakoff

Professor Poliakoff has become Sir Martyn. He received a knighthood in the UK's New Year's Honours List.

Posted January 30, 2015


YouTube Video

How does moisturizer work?

Posted January 27, 2015


Vatican

Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

Posted January 26, 2015


YouTube Video

Scientific American's Top 10 Science Stories of 2014

Posted January 26, 2015


Removing Tarnish with Baking Soda

10 Clever and Surprisingly Effective Uses for Baking Soda

This Huffington Post blog article also calls upon science experts, like WISL's own Rodney Schreiner, to help explain why baking soda is good for so many things.

Posted January 16, 2015


YouTube Video

How Does Salt Melt Ice?

Posted January 12, 2015


YouTube Video

Open for Questions with Dr. John Holdren

Dr. Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor, answers questions about climate change that were submitted via social media using the hashtag #AskDrH
(video)

Posted January 6, 2015


   

 

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