Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish’s explosive slime

Jean-Luc Thiffeault, a University of Wisconsin–Madison math professor, and collaborators Randy Ewoldt and Gaurav Chaudhary of the University of Illinois have modeled the hagfish’s gag-inducing defense mechanism mathematically, publishing their work today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

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Knowledge is power

How does a farmer’s son end up running one of the nation’s top utility companies? John Rowe attributes his success to working hard, taking chances and heeding lessons from history. 

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Antarctic ice sheet could suffer a one-two climate punch

Scientists have long speculated that our planet’s climate system is intimately linked to the Earth’s celestial motions.

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New initiative to boost middle class in Dane County announces finalists

UW–Madison has chosen three finalists for a national competition seeking ideas to expand and strengthen the middle class in Dane County and beyond.

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Immune system’s front-line defense freezes bacteria in their tracks

Some 100 million peptides — short chunks of amino acids, the basic units of proteins — by the name of LL-37 have invaded the cell, where, with strong electric charges, they’ve bound tightly to the machinery driving the cell, immobilizing and killing it.

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Bortin’s landmark in journalism saw Russia open up

UW–Madison alumna Meg Bortin went from being a non-journalism major to becoming a correspondent and editor at Reuters-France. In 1992, she started up the first independent English language daily newspaper in Russia: The Moscow Times.

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