Modeling


a cartoon of the 3D donut laser, looking a bit like a volcano, is shown pointed toward the disc-like laser sail. In three panels, the sail is shown moving outside the exact center of the beam, or tilting so as to not be perfectly perpendicular to the beam.
Shine a laser pointer at a cat, and the cat may see and try to catch the light, but it certainly won’t feel it. What if that light were not a milliwatt laser, but one hundred trillion times stronger — and the cat were essentially weightless, floating in space? “Normally, […]

Laser focused on Alpha Centauri


Waisman Center senior scientist Alexander Converse and colleagues from several international universities recently published a rhesus macaque brain atlas aligned to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) template.
This post was contributed by Mason Muerhoff, who is the Associate University Relations Specialist for the Waisman Center.  In search of a way to improve how scientists analyze brain images, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Waisman Center decided to build a brain. Or at least, a brain model. Waisman […]

How to make an open-source, computerized map of the brain


As the executive officer of an ice breaking vessel on the Great Lakes for two years, Collin Tuttle learned that he really loved ice. His ship, a 140-foot U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, kept federal waterways open for shipping and transportation throughout the winter months by keeping routes clear of ice. […]

Melting Arctic sea ice is opening up trade routes







“It’s much easier to predict the election than a lot of things,” says Laura Albert McLay. The election of the president of the United States, she means. Which seems surprising, even coming from a professor of industrial and systems engineering who models complex systems like emergency services and healthcare in […]

More than one way to play presidential pick ’em