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The lessons of history

UW-Madison's history department is where students encounter different perspectives on a past they may have taken for granted or thought they knew well. Three professors share the questions and insights that emerge when old narratives are challenged, and there's more diversity at the front of the room. 

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Gamma ray telescope ready for prime time

A new telescope, part of an international effort to develop and build the world’s largest, most sensitive gamma-ray detector, was unveiled to the public Thursday (Jan. 17, 2019) in a ceremony at the Whipple Observatory on Arizona’s Mount Hopkins.

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With fire, warming and drought, Yellowstone forests could be grassland by mid-century

Some of Yellowstone’s forests may now be at a tipping point. They could be replaced by grassland by the middle of this century.

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Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish’s explosive slime

Jean-Luc Thiffeault, a University of Wisconsin–Madison math professor, and collaborators Randy Ewoldt and Gaurav Chaudhary of the University of Illinois have modeled the hagfish’s gag-inducing defense mechanism mathematically, publishing their work today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

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Knowledge is power

How does a farmer’s son end up running one of the nation’s top utility companies? John Rowe attributes his success to working hard, taking chances and heeding lessons from history. 

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Antarctic ice sheet could suffer a one-two climate punch

Scientists have long speculated that our planet’s climate system is intimately linked to the Earth’s celestial motions.

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New initiative to boost middle class in Dane County announces finalists

UW–Madison has chosen three finalists for a national competition seeking ideas to expand and strengthen the middle class in Dane County and beyond.

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Immune system’s front-line defense freezes bacteria in their tracks

Some 100 million peptides — short chunks of amino acids, the basic units of proteins — by the name of LL-37 have invaded the cell, where, with strong electric charges, they’ve bound tightly to the machinery driving the cell, immobilizing and killing it.

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