In The Isthmus: Melting away: According to Science, we're losing something magical

When the lakes are frozen, Madison is a winter wonderland. But reliable ice and deep snow are becoming the anomaly. We’re losing something magical.

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In Science Magazine: Part spider, part scorpion creature captured in amber

This week, two independent teams describe four 100-million-year-old specimens encased in amber that look like a cross between a spider and a scorpion. The discovery, “could help close major gaps in our understanding of spider evolution,” says Prashant Sharma, an evolutionary developmental biologist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison who was not involved in the work.

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Melanie Matchett Wood named one of the top women in STEM by The Best Schools

Congratulations to math professor Melanie Matchett Wood, named one of the top 50 women in STEM by thebestschools.org.

Wood’s research interests lie at the interface between number theory and algebraic geometry, and also include such related fields as probability, additive combinatorics, random groups, and algebraic topology. 

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Jim Lattis in Vox: A lunar eclipse is coming. Here’s how to watch the moon turn blood red in the sky.

A supermoon is when these two cycles match up and we have a full moon that’s near its perigee. The result is that the full “super” moon appears slightly larger and slightly brighter to us in the sky. This occurs about one in every 14 full moons, Jim Lattis, an astronomer at the University of Wisconsin Madison, notes.

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Family tree traces the history of UW’s chemistry department

The current chemistry faculty is linked to the founders of modern chemistry in a 200+ year-old "chemical genealogy" laid out in three posters in the Chemistry Building.

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Stellar magnetism: What’s behind the most brilliant lights in the sky?

"The best picture yet of magnetic reconnection in space” offer insight into the role of magnetic reconnection in celestial explosions, eruptions and extraordinary emissions of energy.

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Synching science and music

Luke Valmadrid has forged a rigorous path pursuing degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and violin performance — and the dedicated senior wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Theo Rekatsinas joins database faculty, employs data for major societal impact

“All of the breakthroughs that look like science fiction to us—artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, automated assistants, natural language recognition—are powered by data,” says assistant professor Theo Rekatsinas, who joined the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2017.

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Computer sciences working group to advise on growth strategies

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates with deep technology industry experience are leading a working group charged with assessing options to enhance computing education and research on campus.

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