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It took only a few days of collecting X-rays from the distant Perseus galaxy cluster, 240 million light years away, for the Japanese Hitomi satellite observatory to conclude that the cluster contains proportions of elements that are nearly identical to our Sun, a new revelation that could tell us more […]

Resilience and discovery in decades-long satellite collaboration

Planetary nebula NGC 2818, a gaseous shroud of a dying, sun-like star in the southern constellation Pyxis.
This guest post comes from Erika K. Carlson, a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at UW–Madison studying how being in binary and multiple star systems affects the behavior and evolution of stars. She is passionate about sharing science and the Universe with others through outreach, teaching, and social […]

UW alum Anne Kinney begins math and physics position at ...

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I spotted this young red fox meandering across the west end of campus on this brisk, sunny Friday, hopping from sun spot to sun spot. The empty streets make for an inviting playground for the canids, without any of the noise and commotion of the crowded passing times. Foxes are no […]

When the students are away, the foxes will play

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MADISON – A study published today, Jan. 10, in the journal PLOS One conducted by researchers in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Carnivore Coexistence Lab suggests lethal management of wolves following wolf attacks on livestock may have unintended consequences. Adrian Treves, a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and […]

Lethal management of wolves in one place may create spillover ...

Biochemist Har Khorana was honored on what would have been his 96th birthday with Google's daily doodle. Khorana won the 1968 Nobel Prize for his work at UW–Madison deciphering the universal genetic code. 1
On January 9th, 1922, Har Gobind Khorana was born in the small village of Ruipar, India, now part of Pakistan. Today, on what would be his 96th birthday, Khorana is honored by the daily Google doodle for his Nobel Prize-winning work deciphering the genetic code, which translates the information in DNA […]

Google honors UW–Madison Nobel Laureate Har Gobind Khorana

John Hawks near Rising Star cave in South Africa, where Homo naledi was found. Credit: Kelly Tyrrell
At the end of each year, Science News publishes a brief of what it considers the most exciting turning points and milestones across all fields of science. This week, it published that list and on it is a story based on work from UW–Madison paleoanthropologist John Hawks, called: Fossils join genetic evidence to revise […]

Homo naledi find among Science News top stories of the ...

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For 20 years, astronomers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison have gazed up at the broad canvas of stars and galaxies in the night sky above the mountains west of Tucson, Arizona, searching for pairs of stars dancing around one another. Marking a milestone achievement in their analysis of binary stars, […]

UW’s WIYN Open Cluster Study records 100,000th measurement

With temperatures in the single digits, a flock of geese floats on Lake Mendota at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the edges of the lakeshore begin to freeze during winter on Dec. 10, 2009.
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The wind-whipped surface of Lake Mendota in early winter provides precisely the kind of visual resting point that helps your concentration while studying, reading or writing. The moving surface catches your eye, giving your mind time to wander in that way that’s productive rather than distracting. It sure beats checking your […]

Reflecting on Lake Mendota

As a fresh coat of snow falls, students make their way to class up Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during winter on Jan. 25, 2017. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)
What’s more Wisconsin than milk and cheese? I’ll tell you: It’s snow. Fat, fluffy flakes silently piling up on windowsills and those bitter, piercing blizzards are as predictable as NFC North championships in Wisconsin. But the cold, snowy conditions that are a staple of winter in Wisconsin and the Great […]

Computer modeling offers glimpse into Wisconsin’s future