Early in December, we reported on changes in seasonal timing events taking place every year in Wisconsin, made observable by computer modeling programs. Now, preliminary results from a study of historical weather data by the Weather Guys seem to show that winter may indeed be shortening. According to their study, which […]

Winter weather withering compared to historical data, say Weather Guys


Along the walls of the orientation theater, in an alcove off the lobby of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Visitor Center, hang seven murals illustrating the history of the land on which they rest. Each of the nearly six-foot-long paintings vividly depicts a segment of the Arboretum’s history, from its ancestry […]

The Essence of the Arboretum


It is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The vicious cold has transformed the scattered blue lakes of the North Woods into white disks — barren wastelands of ice. The harsh winds rushing across the icy plains combined with average air temperatures that are just above freezing seem to offer a […]

Do you ever wonder what happens to the fish in ...



It took only a few days of collecting X-rays from the distant Perseus galaxy cluster, 240 million light years away, for the Japanese Hitomi satellite observatory to conclude that the cluster contains proportions of elements that are nearly identical to our Sun, a new revelation that could tell us more […]

Resilience and discovery in decades-long satellite collaboration


Planetary nebula NGC 2818, a gaseous shroud of a dying, sun-like star in the southern constellation Pyxis.
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 […]

UW alum Anne Kinney begins math and physics position at ...


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I spotted this young red fox meandering across the west end of campus on this brisk, sunny Friday, hopping from sun spot to sun spot. The empty streets make for an inviting playground for the canids, without any of the noise and commotion of the crowded passing times. Foxes are no […]

When the students are away, the foxes will play



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MADISON – A study published today, Jan. 10, in the journal PLOS One conducted by researchers in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Carnivore Coexistence Lab suggests lethal management of wolves following wolf attacks on livestock may have unintended consequences. Adrian Treves, a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and […]

Lethal management of wolves in one place may create spillover ...


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On January 9th, 1922, Har Gobind Khorana was born in the small village of Ruipar, India, now part of Pakistan. Today, on what would be his 96th birthday, Khorana is honored by the daily Google doodle for his Nobel Prize-winning work deciphering the genetic code, which translates the information in DNA […]

Google honors UW–Madison Nobel Laureate Har Gobind Khorana


At the end of each year, Science News publishes a brief of what it considers the most exciting turning points and milestones across all fields of science. This week, it published that list and on it is a story based on work from UW–Madison paleoanthropologist John Hawks, called: Fossils join genetic evidence to revise […]

Homo naledi find among Science News top stories of the ...