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Exploring our Origins

The quest to understand our beginnings — of our universe, of life on Earth, of our species — inspires people all over the world. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, researchers have forged partnerships with colleagues in South Africa and are uncovering answers and opening new scientific frontiers.

The stories of their work are presented in "Origins," a three-part multimedia narrative exploring the beginnings of the universe, life on earth and humankind.

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Black youths less protected from antisocial behaviors than white peers

Black youths are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. Yet, says University of Wisconsin–Madison Psychology Professor James Li, they are underrepresented by research studies examining the behaviors that can lead them there, and the potential interventions to help prevent it. Most studies have focused on predominantly white adolescents.

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Paving the way to a world-ready state: The Wisconsin Language Roadmap

To ensure a world-ready workforce for businesses throughout the state, Wisconsin schools and postsecondary institutions must provide opportunities for students to develop advanced language and literacy skills in one or more languages in addition to English.

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Taming turbulence: Seeking to make complex simulations a breeze

For scientists wrestling with problems as diverse as containing superhot plasma in a fusion reactor, improving the accuracy of weather forecasts, or probing the unexplained dynamics of a distant galaxy, turbulence-spawning shear flow is a serious complicating factor.

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Humans may be reversing the climate clock, by 50 million years

In a study published Monday (Dec. 10, 2018) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers show that humans are reversing a long-term cooling trend tracing back at least 50 million years. And it’s taken just two centuries.

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Commencement spotlight: The road less taken leads military vet to his ‘dream school’

When he realized that UW–Madison, his dream school, was not going to happen academically, he stunned his family and friends by enlisting in the Army.

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UW-Madison folklorist Leary nominated for Grammy

UW-Madison Emeritus Professor of Folklore and Scandinavian Studies Jim Leary has been nominated for a Grammy award, for the second time, in the Best Album Notes category.

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Forget ‘needle in a haystack.’ Try finding an invasive species in a lake.

When the tiny and invasive spiny water flea began appearing in University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers’ nets in 2009, scientists began to wonder how Lake Mendota, one of the most-studied lakes in the world, went from flea-free to infested seemingly overnight.

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REACHING FOR THE STARS

Fifty years ago, the world’s first autonomous space-based astronomical observatory — containing telescopes from UW-Madison — swept into orbit, setting the stage for a new era of astronomy.

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