As Lake Michigan rises, bluffs collapse and geologists explore

As landowners and municipalities along Wisconsin’s eastern shore look nervously east, some help is arriving from the Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey and UW–Madiso

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Reddit competes to visualize Madison’s prized Lake Mendota ice data

Reddit community directed its efforts at UW–Madison’s prized Lake Mendota ice data for their monthly competition to find the best visualization.

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Hardy scientists launch weather balloon in bitter cold

Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Grant Petty and a group of students launched a helium-filled weather balloon from frozen Lake Mendota at sunrise on Jan. 31, with the temperature at around minus 24-degrees Fahrenheit.

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With fire, warming and drought, Yellowstone forests could be grassland by mid-century

Some of Yellowstone’s forests may now be at a tipping point. They could be replaced by grassland by the middle of this century.

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Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish’s explosive slime

Jean-Luc Thiffeault, a University of Wisconsin–Madison math professor, and collaborators Randy Ewoldt and Gaurav Chaudhary of the University of Illinois have modeled the hagfish’s gag-inducing defense mechanism mathematically, publishing their work today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

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Antarctic ice sheet could suffer a one-two climate punch

Scientists have long speculated that our planet’s climate system is intimately linked to the Earth’s celestial motions.

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Immune system’s front-line defense freezes bacteria in their tracks

Some 100 million peptides — short chunks of amino acids, the basic units of proteins — by the name of LL-37 have invaded the cell, where, with strong electric charges, they’ve bound tightly to the machinery driving the cell, immobilizing and killing it.

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Mercury levels in fish fluctuate along with water levels in lakes

A new study has found an unexpected connection between water levels in lakes and toxic mercury levels in fish.

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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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