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Perhaps you’ve noticed: It’s spring and the Plants Are Blooming. Maybe it’s the smell of the lilacs, or the buzzing of bees. Or perhaps it’s the lush greens and bursts of color blurring your field of vision. But have you ever wondered how the landscape transitions from the brown drab of […]

Why flowers need winter


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How do a bunch of Earth scientists celebrate Earth Day? The researchers and other staff at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison arguably celebrate Earth Day every day by constantly advancing our knowledge of global […]

Earth Day, every day


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There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. — Aldo Leopold An hour north of Madison, in the sand counties of central Wisconsin, there is a chicken coop-turned-cabin known as ‘the shack.’ In 1935, shortly after he accepted a position as the chair of game […]

A visit to the shack



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On August 21, the continental United States will have its best view of a total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. If you want a good view from here on the surface, you might have to get in the car and drive to towns like Salem, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; […]

A new perspective


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This post is an excerpt of a story from Clemson University about the work of Clemson art professor and UW-Madison alum Todd Anderson and Tandem Press master printer Bruce Crownover. Read the full story here. Since its founding 100 years ago, Glacier National Park has lost more than 80 percent of its […]

Thin ice: UW–Madison alum, printmaker capture melting glaciers


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When Jon Snow and his wildling partner Ygritte needed a place to break his vows, they ducked into a cave next to Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland – a stand in for the frozen wastes north of The Wall. And when the Game of Thrones film crew left, they forgot […]

Science north of The Wall



Dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) with an integrated breathing system, a researcher demonstrates proper biosafety practices in the lab for a group of media representatives touring the Influenza Research Institute (IRI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 28, 2017. The high-security research facility was closed down for annual decontamination, cleaning and maintenance. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
You never quite stop flinching when you’re inside the airlock and the scientist cuts off your protective equipment. But by the third time, you get pretty good at being an unconscious medical victim in the high-containment suite of the influenza lab, figuring out the most comfortable pose to adopt and […]

Life as a professional medical victim


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Yesterday, a study in the journal Nature described fossils found in the Nuvvuagittuq belt in northeastern Canada that may just be the oldest known fossils in the world, formed between 3.77 and 4.28 billion years ago. However, as a story in the Washington Post on March 1, 2017 put it: ‘Findings like these […]

Oldest fossils? Maybe, or maybe not, but the oldest known ...


A rusty-patched bumblebee on Culver’s root in the UW–Madison Arboretum. The Arboretum’s insecticide-free prairies, woodlands and gardens are a paradise for the rusty-patched and at least a dozen other bumblebee species. PHOTO: SUSAN DAY/UW-MADISON ARBORETUM
This winter may now feel a shade lonelier for a handful of bumble bee princesses tucked away underground in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum, but they will probably wake up in the spring to a larger group of human admirers. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared rusty-patched […]

Happy in the Arb, endangered in the world