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The open-source seed movement in Wisconsin

Farmers have traditionally gathered and saved seeds from one growing season to plant in the next. But this age-old tradition is being threatened by corporations that are increasingly restricting access to seeds through patents. >More
 The scourge of shingles

Last spring I struck up a casual conversation with a stranger and heard about how the debilitating pain of his wife's shingles infection had been overwhelming both of their lives for months. Though I had heard of shingles, I thought it was a nuisance rash that troubled a few overly sensitive seniors. >More
 How UW-Madison lab cats became the symbols for PETA's campaign against animal research

Deep inside a dimly lit campus laboratory, a 13-year-old calico cat stares ahead. Her tail twitches back and forth slowly. She appears relaxed but focused. Orange, white and black spots splotch her coat, and her white paws stand out against the charcoal-colored surface. Lined with egg-carton foam, the room is protected from light and sound. >More
 Can videogames create mindful teens? UW-Madison researchers look into the therapeutic possibilities

Teenagers spurning family time and conversation for Candy Crush during the holiday season is nearly as common a sight these days as turkey and baked ham. But UW neuroscientist Richard Davidson, founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, is optimistic that a new study will find evidence that games can be used to encourage pro-social behavior and mindfulness in teenagers. >More
 The FDA looks into Quincy Bioscience's claims for Prevagen

Quincy Bioscience, the fast-growing Madison brain supplement maker, has all but settled its problems with the federal Food and Drug Administration, says Quincy president Mark Underwood. "To make a long story short, we're in a fine place with the FDA," says Underwood. >More
 A treasure trove of relief maps in UW Science Hall

Look up the Grand Canyon on Google Maps. Imagine running your fingers over your computer screen and actually feeling the topography, the jagged tip of the mountaintops, the unevenness of the rocky terrain. You trace the winding Colorado River and graze the mountainsides as you guesstimate how deep the valley must be in real life. >More
 Biting bad: The nightmare of bedbugs in Madison homes

Bedbugs are back in a big way, along with all the associated problems. "We're getting anxiety disorders and other things from people who have been through this," says Phil Pellitteri, University of Wisconsin-Extension entomologist. "I'm not totally surprised. It does shake people to the roots." >More
 The mystery of dying bees: Madison beekeepers, UW researchers look for answers

Enjoy a nice crisp apple recently? Chances are you can thank a honeybee for that. Like to snack on almonds or perhaps sip a glass of orange juice in the morning? Those foods were also made possible by bees. Bees pollinate much of the food we eat, but they're dying in huge numbers. This year was worse than most, a new low in a trend that's only getting worse. What will this mean for us and our food supply? >More
 Four Lakes Wildlife Center helps wild animals and their would-be rescuers

Last May, the girls next door found a baby bunny hopping near their tomato garden, scooped her up and placed her in a box in their garage. "What should we do with her?" they asked me, the neighborhood's token animal rescuer. >More
 Bad news for bats: White-nose syndrome approaches Wisconsin's border

A disease that has caused devastating mortality in bats is now poised to make its way into the state. "The most recent unnerving news is that in LaSalle County, in northeast Illinois, they found white-nose syndrome in a mine," says Paul White, conservation biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "That's roughly 100 miles from our border." >More
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