Researchers at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin–Madison have confirmed that microscopic fossils discovered in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old piece of rock in Western Australia are the oldest fossils ever found and indeed the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth.
The latest resupply mission to the International Space Station delivered hundreds of seeds to the spacefaring research lab Sunday, Dec. 17, to test how plants grow in the stressful environment of zero gravity.
Marí-Beffa, a professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, will begin the post on January 5, 2018, the start of the spring semester. Previous associate dean Eric Wilcots has moved into the position of Interim Deputy Dean and Associate Dean for Research.
Famously, neutrinos, the nearly massless particles that are a fundamental component of the universe, can zip through a million miles of lead without skipping a beat. Now, in a critical measurement that may one day help predict new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, an international team of researchers with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory has shown how energized neutrinos can be stopped cold as they pass through the Earth.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected five professors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as AAAS Fellows. Two of the new inductees - Professor of Astronomy Amy Barger and Professor of Chemistry John Berry - are from L&S.
A strange visitor, either asteroid or comet, zipping through our solar system at a high rate of speed is giving astronomers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to examine up close an object from somewhere else in our galaxy.
Monica Turner is a landscape ecologist at UW-Madison. She studies the way natural systems operate over large tracts of land like a park, state or watershed. In Yellowstone she has been investigating what climate change means for forests that have bounced back from fires for millennia, but now face drought-fueled blazes of greater intensity and frequency.