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Jeff Miller-UW Madison

Everybody knows that the UW Arboretum is a great place to recreate and enjoy nature. But it’s also a living laboratory where scientists are constantly observing the environment and conducting cutting-edge experiments. more

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

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After Dan Levitis and his wife had two devastating miscarriages, he wondered how human reproduction, a process with such a high error rate, has persisted. He also wondered whether the high percentage of failures was limited to humans. more

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For the first time in nearly a century, millions of Americans will have a front row seat to a total solar eclipse. But like most of North America, Wisconsin isn’t in line to be fully immersed in the moon’s shadow. more

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Sharon and Danny Brower

UW-Madison scientists helps unlock rattlesnake mystery that could aid medical research more

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Susan Day/UW–Madison Arboretum

The rusty patched bumble bee was listed as an endangered species earlier this year. One of the places this species is still found though, is right here in Madison. Now a group of volunteers is looking out for it and 11 other bumble bee species. more

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Baynard Woods

Thousands marching for evidence-based decision-making and protesting budget cuts for science is pretty cool. But are we also marching for scientists of the military-industrial complex? When we march, we should be clear what we are marching for. more

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David Michael Miller

The first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been met with protests at every turn — first the Women’s March, then the airport sit-ins, then the general strikes. Now, scientists and climate activists are taking a turn. more

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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

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Susan Day

European earthworms have been a destructive presence in the United States, although their presence has created some benefits for gardeners and farmers. Their Asian cousins, the “jumping worms,” appear to have no benefits. more

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Sergio Membrillas

Scientists have long believed that the mind was hardwired and when injured, people lost whatever functions that part of the brain controlled. But UW scientists have been challenging that notion, proving that brains can adapt and relearn. more

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Daniel Libby

The ATC power line would erect 500 steel towers 10 to 15 stories high that would slice through the Driftless Area west of Madison. A coalition of environmental groups is calling on scientists from several fields to scrutinize the project’s impacts. more

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The role that meteors played in the development of life on Earth remains unclear. By studying remnants of a meteor, UW-Madison scientists have made a unique discovery. more

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The moon is a harsh and forbidding place. But humans might be able to establish long-term bases there inside of caves. A team of UW Madison researchers is working on a way to discover and explore those caves from here on Earth. more

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Every year, UW-Madison loses an average of $200,000 from improperly disposed recyclables. Sorting through select piles of trash reveals ways to improve the system. more

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Grace Hong

Music and science are two different disciplines. But one UW-Madison researcher has combined them in a new project that uses song as a communication tool to present scientific research in a surprising — and beautiful — way. more

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West High wins second place in prestigious NASA competition, besting several colleges and universities. more

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Heather Kaarakka

​White-nose syndrome makes it much harder for bats to survive winter hibernation. Researchers in Wisconsin are racing to find a way to save them. more

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Climate change is already shifting and shrinking the terrain suitable for many birds to live and breed, UW-Madison researchers have discovered. more

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Bryce Richter/UW-Madison

​The UW-Madison’s Biotron contains simulated environments of every climate on Earth except Antarctica. These “field stations” have helped astronauts grow food in space. more

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