In the New York Times: Climate change is altering lakes and streams, study suggests

“We’re monkeying with the very chemical foundation of these ecosystems,” said Emily H. Stanley, a limnologist (freshwater ecologist) at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. “But right now we don’t know enough yet to know where we’re going. To me, scientifically that’s really interesting, and as a human a little bit frightening.”

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Artificial intelligence. Real stereotypes.

English and Asian American Studies professor Leslie Bow examines the implications of high-tech robots embodying female Asian features. 

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Oldest fossils ever found show life on Earth began before 3.5 billion years ago

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin–Madison have confirmed that microscopic fossils discovered in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old piece of rock in Western Australia are the oldest fossils ever found and indeed the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth.

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In the Cap Times: UW prof defends his study that found voter ID law deterred thousands from voting

University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Ken Mayer  released study results in September that estimated the Wisconsin voter ID law deterred 16,800 registered voters in Dane and Milwaukee counties from voting in the 2016 presidential election. Mayer said Sunday that some people didn’t vote because they didn’t realize they had valid IDs.

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Zero gravity plant growth experiments delivered to space station

The latest resupply mission to the International Space Station delivered hundreds of seeds to the spacefaring research lab Sunday, Dec. 17, to test how plants grow in the stressful environment of zero gravity.

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#StainAlive: Getting the dirt on books

Water stains. Coffee stains. Ink stains. What is that? stains. The Library of Stains project, also known as Labeculae Vitae, is lifting the mystery of stains in manuscripts from around the world and looking beneath the surface to see what stories those marks may tell.

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In Channel 3000: A state where every child thrives

Living in poverty, underemployed, enduring food insecurity, the effects of crime and abuse, and more is physically and emotionally unhealthy and dangerous. A new UW-Madison study underscores that theory.

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Gambling against the odds on life’s risks more common after childhood stress

Adults who lived high-stress childhoods have trouble reading the signs that a loss or punishment is looming, leaving themselves in situations that risk avoidable health and financial problems and legal trouble. According to researchers at UW-Madison, this difficulty may be biological, stemming from an unhelpful lack of activity in the brain when a situation should be prompting heightened awareness. 

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In Fueling Discovery: Working to understand cultures as relationships

Professor Tom DuBois from the Department of German, Nordic and Scandinavian Studies writes about his work studying the folklore of American and Scandinavian cultures. 

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