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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Taming turbulence: Seeking to make complex simulations a breeze

For scientists wrestling with problems as diverse as containing superhot plasma in a fusion reactor, improving the accuracy of weather forecasts, or probing the unexplained dynamics of a distant galaxy, turbulence-spawning shear flow is a serious complicating factor.

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Humans may be reversing the climate clock, by 50 million years

In a study published Monday (Dec. 10, 2018) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers show that humans are reversing a long-term cooling trend tracing back at least 50 million years. And it’s taken just two centuries.

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Forget ‘needle in a haystack.’ Try finding an invasive species in a lake.

When the tiny and invasive spiny water flea began appearing in University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers’ nets in 2009, scientists began to wonder how Lake Mendota, one of the most-studied lakes in the world, went from flea-free to infested seemingly overnight.

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‘Foray’ draws scientists to Wisconsin in search of mushrooms, fellowship

From the cars tumbled dozens of mushroom hunters, mycologists from around the Great Lakes and as far away as Norway searching for new study material. They assembled baskets, trowels, cameras and magnifying lenses — the only tools they would need.

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Venom shape untangles scorpion family tree

So Santibáñez-López and Sharma turned to the scorpions’ venom, one of the arachnids’ defining characteristics. Using the known structure of one scorpion venom molecule as a scaffold, the researchers predicted the shapes of 41 different venoms from across the scorpion family tree.

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UW-Madison students make discoveries, explore Italy in archaeological expedition

Embarking on an archaeological expedition, Jack White and Megan Bernards — two seniors in the College of Letters and Science — traveled to the ancient city of Agrigento on the south coast of Sicily this past summer.

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A splash of silver turns diamond films shades of green, blue or purple

While most gem buyers might balk at a diamond imbued with yellow or green — a sign of impurity — such hues are prized in industry.

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Successful mouse couples talk out infidelity in calm tones

California mice are relatively solitary animals, but put two in a room and they’ll talk each other’s ears off.

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