Eric Hamilton


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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 […]

The Perseids are here: Why meteors matter


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How do a bunch of Earth scientists celebrate Earth Day? The researchers and other staff at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison arguably celebrate Earth Day every day by constantly advancing our knowledge of global […]

Earth Day, every day


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There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. — Aldo Leopold An hour north of Madison, in the sand counties of central Wisconsin, there is a chicken coop-turned-cabin known as ‘the shack.’ In 1935, shortly after he accepted a position as the chair of game […]

A visit to the shack



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On August 21, the continental United States will have its best view of a total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. If you want a good view from here on the surface, you might have to get in the car and drive to towns like Salem, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; […]

A new perspective


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When Jon Snow and his wildling partner Ygritte needed a place to break his vows, they ducked into a cave next to Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland – a stand in for the frozen wastes north of The Wall. And when the Game of Thrones film crew left, they forgot […]

Science north of The Wall


Dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) with an integrated breathing system, a researcher demonstrates proper biosafety practices in the lab for a group of media representatives touring the Influenza Research Institute (IRI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 28, 2017. The high-security research facility was closed down for annual decontamination, cleaning and maintenance. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
You never quite stop flinching when you’re inside the airlock and the scientist cuts off your protective equipment. But by the third time, you get pretty good at being an unconscious medical victim in the high-containment suite of the influenza lab, figuring out the most comfortable pose to adopt and […]

Life as a professional medical victim