In Popular Science: How scientists modeled a deadly tornado with an insanely powerful computer

Supercell thunderstorms are giant tempests with powerful rotating updrafts at their cores—and one out of every four or five spawn tornadoes. Most of these twisters are little, but some can grow fierce. To predict the rare killers, and thus give more targeted warnings, meteorologists need to better understand how tornadoes form. 

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Plants under attack can turn hungry caterpillars into cannibals

When does a (typically) vegetarian caterpillar become a cannibalistic caterpillar, even when there is still plenty of plant left to eat? When the tomato plant it’s feeding on makes cannibalism the best option

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In The Wisconsin State Journal: UW software aims to find and fix biased computer programs

UW-Madison researchers are trying to root out race bias and other unfairness that has surfaced in computer programs used increasingly by private companies and government offices to decide if you are hired, approved for a bank loan or sent to prison.

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UW-Madison researchers tackle bias in algorithms

Making algorithms more fair—and the outcomes that they reach more transparent—has become an urgent topic in the last few years.  University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty in the Department of Computer Sciences are at the forefront of this critical issue.

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Scientists pinpoint area of the brain that regulates emotional spillover

Emotional spillover, when one emotional experience carries over into the next, can color our impressions and behavior in the situations that follow. Researchers at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are discovering what happens in the brain when such emotional spillover occurs, which could help us better understand how negative emotions are regulated and improve well-being.

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Machine learning can detect a genetic disorder from speech recordings

How much information can we extract from a five-minute recording of someone talking? Enough to tell whether that individual may be genetically predisposed to some health complications, according to researchers at UW-Madison. 

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Online dating study shows too many choices can lead to dissatisfaction

Could there be too many fish in the sea? When it comes to online dating, that might be the case, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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In Space.com: We live in a cosmic void, another study confirms

Earth and its parent galaxy are living in a cosmic desert — a region of space largely devoid of other galaxies, stars and planets, according to a new study. 

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In Big Think: Is our galaxy in a backwater of the universe?

In the 1990s, astronomers discovered that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. Yet, the exact rate is unclear. We have two calculations that constantly keep coming up. Which is correct? Both, probably. One theory may hold the answer. It essentially describes the universe as a big block of Swiss cheese with the Milky Way lodged in one of its holes. 

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