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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 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



“It’s much easier to predict the election than a lot of things,” says Laura Albert McLay. The election of the president of the United States, she means. Which seems surprising, even coming from a professor of industrial and systems engineering who models complex systems like emergency services and healthcare in […]

More than one way to play presidential pick ’em


close-up of owl with researcher looking through medical instrument to it's eye.
Some of nature’s most interesting eyes will alight on campus this Saturday for the third annual Vision at the Arboretum, an opportunity to learn more about your own sight through the prism of some flying peepers. “Studies of animal vision help us to understand our own visual system,” says Nansi […]

Vision at the Arboretum: Get eye-to-eye with a bat.