By Bekah McBride, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies A study published Wednesday, November 14 in Science Advances by The Nature Conservancy and 21 scientific partners in the United States and Europe highlights the power of natural landscapes to resist climate change in the U.S.. Because grasslands, wetlands, forests and other ecosystems naturally […]

Grasslands among the best landscapes to curb climate change


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


No matter where you are, you can’t help but notice the new buildings slowly rising above the streets of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus. These new spaces are poised to enrich campus life for both students and faculty by providing new opportunities for education, culture and recreation to all on campus […]

How the new UW buildings will transform campus



These lymphocytes, called monocytes, are partly how infectious mononucleosis got its name.
This summer, I started running. Partly because it seemed healthier than lifting, but also because summer gym memberships are expensive. However, being an inexperienced runner, and balancing multiple jobs, I often went for runs at odd times, like at night or on days where the heat index topped 100 degrees. […]

As a new semester starts, UW faculty discuss a common ...


Chicken egg production varies throughout the world, though US practices may be the most rigorous.
If you’ve ever travelled abroad and visited a food market, you might’ve found a peculiar sight: open stands with shelves of unrefrigerated, unwashed eggs on display. In the U.S., this would be unthinkable. So why do we take such care to wash our eggs, transport them in temperature-controlled trucks, and […]

Most of the world does not refrigerate their eggs. So ...


A Madagascar hissing cockroach makes an appearance at the "Who's Who of the Insect Word" booth during Science Expeditions 2007.
When a foot-long bearded dragon appears on a rock near Bascom Hill, or a turkey flies through a stained-glass window in Science Hall, who do you call? It turns out, the answer is almost always Richard Ness, an animal control specialist for UW–Madison’s Facilities Planning and Management. To find out […]

Dragons and turkeys and insects, oh my! A day in ...



NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) observed sand dunes in the north polar regions of Mars.
By Jim Lattis, Director of UW Space Place at the University of Wisconsin–Madison You may have heard that Mars reached opposition on 27 July 2018. But what does that mean? It means that Mars is bright and easy to find in the night sky. It’s called opposition because that’s when Mars is […]

Mars is at opposition, so what does that mean?


Today is Mandela Day. It is a worldwide event to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, a once-political prisoner in South Africa who went on to become the president of that nation and help it cast aside its system of racial oppression called apartheid. Mandela passed away in 2013 but […]

In Madison, honoring Nelson Mandela


On July 16, 2012, one of several signs posted along Lake Mendota near the Memorial Union Terrace at the University of Wisconsin-Madison warn against swimming during the presence of toxic blue-green algae in the water. Known as cyanobacteria, the algae are photosynthetic bacteria that live in colonies, typically in lakes with excess fertility. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
On June 7, the summer’s first blue-green algae bloom turned much of Lake Mendota a thick, putrid green color. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Center for Limnology concluded that several factors — including run-off from local farms, multiple days with hot temperatures, and low winds — created near-perfect conditions […]

Zebra mussels in Lake Mendota: the new kid in town