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A few months ago, we brought you a story about making imaging machines, like CT scanners, more child-friendly.  The issue was that the devices were so intimidating to children that it was affecting the ability of technicians to get good results.

We all know X-rays can help doctors see our bones and teeth, but a team of UWM scientists will be using one revolutionary X-ray machine to look at something slightly smaller: our molecules.


In 2005, Marquette University established the George Coyne lecture series on Astronomy and Astrophysics. Each year since then, the University invites a distinguished speaker to campus to deliver a talk. And every year, Lake Effect has interviewed those speakers, beginning with Father Coyne himself in 2006.

In September 2013, that speaker was Harvey Tananbaum.  Dr. Tananbaum is the director of NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston.

NASA/Carla Thomas

A Milwaukee astronomer is about to take the trip of a lifetime, traveling 45,000 feet into the sky aboard a NASA aircraft.

University of Utah Health Services

We all know our inherited DNA shapes us, but a Milwaukee researcher says how our parents - and even our grandparents - lived could also affect our genes.

2013's Top 5 Astronomical Stories

Dec 23, 2013

Throughout 2013, Dr. Jean Creighton kept her eye on astronomical news. From a fireball in Russia to the Kepler Telescope, Creighton highlights her top five stories of the year.

Top 5 Science Stories of 2013

Dec 20, 2013

The Waukesha-based Discover Magazine has compiled a list of the top 100 science news stories for 2013.

Editor-in-chief Steve George shares the top 5:

A study by a Milwaukee researcher has identified additional genes related to a complex speech disorder affecting children, but the work could lead to a better overall understanding of defects in the human genome.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Astrophysicist Dave Goldberg asks a basic question - in a world of matter and anti-matter - why are we here?

Can Science Explain the Benefits of Meditation?

Sep 27, 2013
Andre Engels/Wikipedia

Among the films being featured at this year's Milwaukee Film Festival is a documentary called “Free the Mind."

What Happened to All Those Moon Rocks?

Sep 26, 2013

The Apollo moon missions (11 through 17, minus the infamous 13) collected more than 800 pounds of moon rock. But whatever happened to those samples?

Hope For Gorilla, flickr

People having a hard time sleeping often turn to munchies to deal with their insomnia. But is that healthy?


Over the past 15 years, agricultural biotechnology has taken hold in North America.

5 Neat Facts About Neptune's New Moon

Jul 25, 2013

Scientists have discovered a new moon for Neptune, raising its number of moons to fourteen.

Crown Publishing

How can we ensure that researchers aren't using our biological material without our consent?