Rediscovered mosses document changing Wisconsin landscape

The Wisconsin State Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has discovered a collection of more than 2,000 mosses from the turn of the 20th century, lost to time in a cabinet inside Birge Hall, where the herbarium is housed.

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Harvesting data to grow farmers markets

Two UW-Madison researchers have created tools to help market managers around the country collect, interpret and utilize metrics to bolster their business model. 

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Annual UW-Madison study shows how poverty fell in Wisconsin in 2015 as the economy improved

Researchers studying the economic and policy forces that affect Wisconsin poverty released their latest results, which show that Wisconsin gained 70,000 jobs, leading to a modest, but statistically significant reduction in poverty as measured by the Wisconsin Poverty Measure (WPM).

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Cultural value of natural world doesn’t depend only on species diversity

What is the value of a sunset overlooking a wildflower field in the Appalachian Mountains?Or of ice skating on a frozen lake in central Wisconsin? The natural world might most often be counted and measured through the resources we extract from it, or the intrinsic worth of biodiversity itself. But Ph.D. student Rose Graves has focused her research on uncovering a hidden value — people’s cultural ties to a landscape.

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In the Wisconsin State Journal: Picture of humanity's mysterious cousin grows clearer through UW prof's work

A multiyear effort coordinated by UW-Madison professor of anthropology John Hawks to painstakingly excavate thousands of fossils from a cave in South Africa has now assembled one of the most complete skeletons of a near-human creature ever found.

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As continents continue moving, study suggests effects on biodiversity

Continental drift and plate tectonics — the notion that large chunks of Earth’s crust slowly but inexorably shift positions — was proposed in 1912 but not accepted until the 1960s. Scientists began to speculate about how these alterations would affect the formation and extinction of species and thus, what we call biodiversity.

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Meaningful maps: Charting new frontiers with new tools

Professor Robert Roth from the Department of Geography writes about his work on cartography in the 21st century. 

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With The Wisconsin State Journal: Fueling Discovery

"Fueling Discovery" is a joint effort of the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science and the Wisconsin State Journal. This special section features essays from faculty members across the college about their groundbreaking research. 

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In Wired: A twist in the evolutionary tale: why the discovery of a 'young' Homo naledi changes everything

The age of new fossils discovered in the Rising Cave system casts doubt on our evolution, how our culture developed and even ancient burial rituals

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