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It’s finally spring – rain is falling, flowers are blooming, and trees are budding. At least, that’s what’s on the mind of someone without seasonal allergies. On the other hand, those with allergies know that the buds and blossoms actually signal the forthcoming itching, sneezing, coughing, runny noses and puffiness […]

April showers bring may flowers (and allergies)






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




Perseid meteor shower 2
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



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