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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



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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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From the Center for Limnology blog, Adam Hintertheur. Somewhere along the way, someone lost a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Maybe they were blown off on a full-throttle boat ride. Or slipped from a shirt pocket while wrestling a fish on board. Whatever the cause, the sleek, black glasses with the […]

In Lake Mendota, an explosion of Zebra Mussels


Field manager Marissa Lee screens soil as undergraduate students in a University of Wisconsin-Madison summer session field course continue archeology site excavation at Aztalan State Park near Lake Mills, Wis., on June 10, 2016. The class and related research, led by Anthropology Professor Sissel Schroeder, aims to better understand the daily lives of native people who called Aztalan home a millennium ago. This particular day included a public outreach and education event, funded by a three-year grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
On Friday, June 16, from 10 am until 3 pm, the UW–Madison Laboratory of Wisconsin Archaeology will host a special public day at Aztalan State Park in Jefferson County, in a showcase of the archaeological artifacts, current excavation work and rich cultural history that can be found at this important prehistoric site in southeastern […]

Public Day at Aztalan State Park offers a glimpse into ...



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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