Oldest fossils ever found show life on Earth began before 3.5 billion years ago

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.

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Zero gravity plant growth experiments delivered to space station

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.

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Finding language links

For Lauren Lustek, who graduates this month, the chance to explore her passions led to majoring in both Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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Gloria Marí-Beffa named L&S associate dean for natural, physical and mathematical sciences

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.

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Working on a galaxy far, far away

Connections forged through the UW-Madison computer sciences department helped alum Rachel Rose land a techie’s dream job: working at Industrial Light an Magic.

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Icebound detector reveals how ghostly neutrinos are stopped cold

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.

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Two L&S professors named AAAS Fellows

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. 

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Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery

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.

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In Madison.com: Know your Madisonian: UW-Madison professor examines abrupt ecosystem changes

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.

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