New approaches in neuroscience show it’s not all in your head

Our own unique experiences shape how we view the world and respond to the events in our lives. But experience is highly subjective. What’s distressing or joyful to one person may be very different to another. These differences can matter, especially as a growing body of research shows that what happens in our inner landscapes — our thoughts about and interpretations of our experiences — can have physical consequences in our brains and bodies.

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UW-Madison to aid NASA’s push to measure Arctic’s radiant energy

Questions abound about conditions in the Arctic and its role in regulating Earth’s climate. Now, a UW–Madison-led research program aims to answer some of them.

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Stellar magnetism: What’s behind the most brilliant lights in the sky?

"The best picture yet of magnetic reconnection in space” offer insight into the role of magnetic reconnection in celestial explosions, eruptions and extraordinary emissions of energy.

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On Wisconsin Public Radio: UW botany professor Simon Gilroy grows plants in space

Since the 1960s, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been studying how plants will grow in space. WPR talks with Professor of Botany Simon Gilroy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who has been leading a research team to study the effects of growing plants in a zero gravity environment.

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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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