Nathan J. Comp

John Valley, a UW-Madison geologist, has helped identify evidence of life that existed 3.5 billion years ago. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Mary Langenfeld

Four years ago, Kris converted the basement of his Fitchburg residence into a Luciferian temple, where the coven’s rituals take place. more

Nov 22, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot 4 Comments


Benjamin Zastrow

In the early 1980s, Madison Metro set a high standard with its paratransit service. Now the city proposes axing the service as the state shifts funding away from counties toward private operators. more

Nov 9, 2017 5:00 AM News

“There’s nothing left,” says Kathy Vellon, who has many family members living in Puerto Rico. “My aunt said it’s like the apocalypse...just people people collecting water off the side of a mountain.” more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments

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Brett Stepanik

On Sept. 19, Dr. Doug Kramer, 72, joined forces with Dr. Andrés Martin to help raise money for Break the Cycle, a non-profit Martin founded last year to help draw attention to what he describes as a “huge public health mess.” more

Sep 28, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments


Paul Barford/University of Wisco

About a dozen people at UW-Madison worked on the Department of Homeland Security-funded atlas over five years. Although previous attempts to map the internet’s physical structure have been made, this is the most comprehensive and accurate. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM News


Brett Stepanik

Since its first store opened in Verona, in 2008, five others in four states have followed. The business model is simple: turn unwanted bicycles into saleable inventory. more

May 11, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

Although the Spark Building on East Washington has yet to be built, we already know the view is spectacular, thanks to Arch Virtual’s virtual rendering. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

True crime was once devoted to recounting the lurid, gruesome details of murder, mayhem and more. But the purveyors of the “new true crime” — filmmakers, journalists and others — are now using it to shine light on a broken justice system. more

Dec 15, 2016 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Nationally, the political landscape may have completely shifted with the election of Donald Trump. But Madison remains 77 square miles surrounded by reality. more

Nov 10, 2016 12:00 AM News


William Moree

Republicans hold a commanding majority in the state Assembly. While there’s no hope the body will flip on Nov. 8, Democrats are working to close the gap. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM News

A new tool known as CRISPR-Cas has given scientists the ability to rewrite the genetic code of living things. The power is likely to reshape the world. more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Madison’s four competitive Assembly races may not have the drama and shock value of the presidential race. But the eight candidates offer different visions for Wisconsin. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM News


Chris Collins

Decades ago, a quirky T-shirt featuring the Capitol and a naked Lady Wisconsin smoking a joint captured the spirit of “Mad City.” Its creator, James McKiernan, had a successful design career. Now back in Madison, he’s once again selling the shirts. more

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot

Forward Fest has grown from just three events in 2010 to 40. It runs Aug. 18-25 and is the place to be for any tech entrepreneur. more

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM News


David Tenenbaum/UW-Madison

Mark Ediger, a UW-Madison researcher, has figured out a new way to arrange the molecules in glass, a thing no one had believed possible. But whether the discovery will find a market use remains to be seen. more

Jul 14, 2016 5:00 AM News

North Madison has always been one of the city’s scruffier, underappreciated parts of town. Although it will soon lose Oscar Mayer, the area has a fierce and loyal advocate in the Northside Planning Council, which is cooking up a promising future. more

Jul 14, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 4 Comments


Sharon Vanorny

In exchange for playing a free gig each year, WheelHouse members get free tee time at Oaks Golf Course. Nathan Comp tags along to see why they (mostly) love the game. more

Jun 30, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot

Timothy Flores saw an opportunity to connect people with healthy, locally grown food. But some fear his new app, Grazin, might upend the CSA model that local farmers have relied on. more

Jun 9, 2016 5:00 AM News


Joel Rivlin

There are now three Democrats running for the state Assembly’s District 47 seat. more

Jun 2, 2016 5:00 AM News