Yearly Archives: 2020



This post was written by student science writer Mary Magnuson The morning of December 2, the Madison skyline looked considerably different — as if the city had been transported out west, where mountains and mesas tower. In an image captured by Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies atmospheric scientist Tim […]

Rare mirage dominates Madison skyline





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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 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