Steve Carpenter couldn’t believe the view from his second-floor office on the shoreline of Lake Mendota. As far as he could see, the still water looked just like teal-blue paint.
If you’re a hungry caterpillar and you’ve got a choice between eating a plant or another caterpillar, which do you chose? You pick your fellow caterpillar, scientists have found — if the plant is noxious enough.
Supercell thunderstorms are giant tempests with powerful rotating updrafts at their cores—and one out of every four or five spawn tornadoes. Most of these twisters are little, but some can grow fierce. To predict the rare killers, and thus give more targeted warnings, meteorologists need to better understand how tornadoes form.
When does a (typically) vegetarian caterpillar become a cannibalistic caterpillar, even when there is still plenty of plant left to eat? When the tomato plant it’s feeding on makes cannibalism the best option
Many simple, surprising and even scary creatures have served as models for unraveling disease, unlocking mysteries and understanding evolution. From axolotls to zebrafish, this story explores some of science’s classic models, others more unusual, but all with potential for increasing our understanding of biology to improve human health.
Plants are often seen as taking a passive role in their environments, just hanging out and soaking up the sunlight. But that impression is wrong—plants have many sophisticated ways of influencing their environment, and other plants and animals in it. And this includes leading herbivores down the garden path to cannibalism.
UW-Madison researchers are trying to root out race bias and other unfairness that has surfaced in computer programs used increasingly by private companies and government offices to decide if you are hired, approved for a bank loan or sent to prison.
Making algorithms more fair—and the outcomes that they reach more transparent—has become an urgent topic in the last few years. University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty in the Department of Computer Sciences are at the forefront of this critical issue.
Bill Robichaud (B.S.’83, Zoology) has devoted his career to saving the saola, a recently discovered mammal that may go extinct before scientists can even study it.