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Student science writer Mary Magnuson wrote this post. When spring turns to summer, there are three things to count on: longer days, warmer weather and the return of monarch butterflies. Every year, thousands of monarchs make their way down south to Mexico in the early fall, where they wait out […]

As monarchs arrive in their summer ranges, citizen scientists aid ...


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This post was written by Vaneesa Cook, historical research fellow for UW–Madison’s Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project. In the winter of 1944, while many Americans were tracing the progress of Allied island hopping throughout the Pacific, a special unit of U.S. soldiers set out on foot across hundreds […]

The Legacy of the 5307th Merrill’s Marauders: Wisconsin MIAs in ...


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This is the first blog post by student science writer Mary Magnuson. It’s easy for anyone monitoring the pandemic through months of 24-hour news cycles to pick up on false information or conspiracy theories. We talked to University of Wisconsin–Madison experts to figure out why global events like the COVID-19 […]

Keep your distance from COVID-19 misinformation



A panel of etched stone honoring John Bardeen's development of the transistor, an electrical device that earned Bardeen the first of two of his Nobel Prizes, is one of many graphics and informational displays featured at Alumni Park at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Aug. 26, 2017.
On June 10, researchers around the world undertook deliberate efforts to challenge systemic anti-Black racism in science and academia. In light of recent events, which follow patterns going back to the earliest days of our nation, people are seeking, with renewed vigor, ways to elevate and support the voices and […]

Addressing racism, equity and diversity in the sciences


Story by David Tenenbaum — A University of Wisconsin–Madison alumnus is converting toasters into a conveyor-belt device that may be capable of sterilizing up to 150 face masks per hour using ultraviolet light so they can be reused. The intent is to aid frontline medical workers responding to COVID-19 by […]

Toasters repurposed for PPE in fight against COVID-19


a cartoon of the 3D donut laser, looking a bit like a volcano, is shown pointed toward the disc-like laser sail. In three panels, the sail is shown moving outside the exact center of the beam, or tilting so as to not be perfectly perpendicular to the beam.
Shine a laser pointer at a cat, and the cat may see and try to catch the light, but it certainly won’t feel it. What if that light were not a milliwatt laser, but one hundred trillion times stronger — and the cat were essentially weightless, floating in space? “Normally, […]

Laser focused on Alpha Centauri



This is a guest post by Jim Lattis, the director of UW Space Place.  Drop by the Washburn Observatory on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 11, to get a safe, rare glimpse of Mercury as it crosses the face of the Sun. […]

Watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, Nov. 11!


This guest post comes to us from Jevin Lortie, a graduate research assistant in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW–Madison. Just before Christmas last year, Grandma Barbara, or Ba as we affectionately call her, had finally decided to let us admit her to the hospital. She had come down […]

Helping doctors keep their patients strong enough to recover


This post comes to us from departing science writing intern Tyler Fox, who graduated in May. Congrats, Tyler! And thanks for a year of great stories. Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is everywhere. Walgreens and CVS now offer lotions and snacks containing CBD. Local restaurants sell cocktails with CBD infusions. […]

CBD: what researchers and medical professionals do and don’t know