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The Kilauea volcano, situated 4,000 feet above sea level on Hawaii’s Big Island, emerged from the ocean around 100,000 years ago. Now, the volcano is currently experiencing its first explosive eruption since 1924. Although the volcano has been actively erupting on a smaller scale for three decades, earlier this May, fissures […]

What’s next for the Kilauea volcano?


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It’s finally spring – rain is falling, flowers are blooming, and trees are budding. At least, that’s what’s on the mind of someone without seasonal allergies. On the other hand, those with allergies know that the buds and blossoms actually signal the forthcoming itching, sneezing, coughing, runny noses and puffiness […]

April showers bring may flowers (and allergies)


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Between 2004 and 2016, the number of people who acquired diseases from mosquitoes, ticks and flea bites tripled in the United States. These include Lyme disease, West Nile and dengue fever. Nine new diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks, including Zika virus, were discovered or appeared here during that time. These statistics were […]

Combating ticks and mosquitoes in the Midwest



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A rare bird species, the Kirtland’s warbler, has experienced variability in its population in recent decades. But now, the small yellow-breasted songbirds are branching out into new terrain, with historic success. Sitting comfortably at about 4,000 individuals, the Kirtland’s warblers have started leaving the now-saturated real estate in their native […]

Research on the rebound: Kirtland’s Warblers expanding in central Wisconsin


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Memes are hot right now — but where do they come from? Internet memes started with, well, the internet. But memes are a part of evolutionary biology history.

On the Origin of Memes


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The following story comes from Adityarup “Rup” Chakravorty, science writer at the UW–Madison Waisman Center: There’s a saying in the autism community: If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism. That’s because “as the name implies, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exists on a […]

Moving forward in the search for genetic clues to understand ...



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Early in December, we reported on changes in seasonal timing events taking place every year in Wisconsin, made observable by computer modeling programs. Now, preliminary results from a study of historical weather data by the Weather Guys seem to show that winter may indeed be shortening. According to their study, which […]

Winter weather withering compared to historical data, say Weather Guys


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Along the walls of the orientation theater, in an alcove off the lobby of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Visitor Center, hang seven murals illustrating the history of the land on which they rest. Each of the nearly six-foot-long paintings vividly depicts a segment of the Arboretum’s history, from its ancestry […]

The Essence of the Arboretum


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It is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The vicious cold has transformed the scattered blue lakes of the North Woods into white disks — barren wastelands of ice. The harsh winds rushing across the icy plains combined with average air temperatures that are just above freezing seem to offer a […]

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