In WPR: Illegal immigration linked to decrease in violent crime, study says

Making a case for tighter security at the border, President Donald Trump has often linked illegal immigration with increased crime. But a new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison sociology professor Michael Light suggests people living in the country illegally are linked to a decrease in violent crime, not an increase.

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Prototype camera set for integration into novel gamma-ray telescope

A unique high-speed camera, designed to capture the fleeting effects of gamma rays crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere, will soon be on its way from the University of Wisconsin–Madison to Arizona’s Mount Hopkins.

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UW researcher to send cotton into space to improve its growth on Earth

Botanist Simon Gilroy will study cotton seedlings grown on the International Space Station in a project that could help researchers understand how to develop plants that use water more efficiently.

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Exploring our Origins

The quest to understand our beginnings — of our universe, of life on Earth, of our species — inspires people all over the world. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, researchers have forged partnerships with colleagues in South Africa and are uncovering answers and opening new scientific frontiers.

The stories of their work are presented in "Origins," a three-part multimedia narrative exploring the beginnings of the universe, life on earth and humankind.

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Study shows undocumented immigration doesn’t increase violent crime

The impact of undocumented immigration — especially on public safety — remains a contentious topic of discussion in the United States, but "the conversations are occurring in a vacuum of data,” says researcher Michael Light.

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Don Waller in WPR: Tribal forests more diverse, sustainable than surrounding forests

"The deer seem to be curtailing tree regeneration. They’ve decimated the understory, cover and diversity in many areas, including those state parks that banned hunting for many years," said Don Waller. "On the Indian reservations, we have lower deer densities and a different approach to managing both forests and wildlife."

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Tribal forests in Wisconsin are more diverse, sustainable

Researchers found that many of the differences between tribal and nontribal forests can be traced back to the lower density of deer on the tribal lands.

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How talking more can make you better at listening — to foreign languages

The typical foreign language class spends much of its time listening to fluent speakers, but new UW research shows that the students should spend more time talking.

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Here is how a cat can hinder children learning new words

A new study found that familiar objects more interesting to children reduced their ability to learn new words associated with novel objects.

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