On WORT 89.9 FM: UW Origins Project explores how scientists research our beginnings

UW-Madison’s recently released Origins project links together different academic fields to paint a picture of how scientists research Earth’s and mankind’s beginnings. Anthropology professor John Hawks is featured in the project, and spoke with Nina Kravinsky about the study.

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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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Decades of research identify source of galaxy-sized stream of gas

With colleagues at the Space Telescope Science Institute and other institutions, astronomers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison used the Hubble Space Telescope to analyze the stream of gas. By identifying the chemical makeup of the gas, known as the Leading Arm of the Magellanic Stream, the researchers identified one branch as coming from the Small Magellanic Cloud.

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Sebastian Heinz on WPR: Groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died early Wednesday morning at the age of 76. Hawking was best known for his theories of black holes and became a household name following the publication of his book, A Brief History of Time in 1988. WPR speaks with Sebastian Heinz, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about the life and legacy of Stephen Hawking.  

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Jim Lattis in Vox: A lunar eclipse is coming. Here’s how to watch the moon turn blood red in the sky.

A supermoon is when these two cycles match up and we have a full moon that’s near its perigee. The result is that the full “super” moon appears slightly larger and slightly brighter to us in the sky. This occurs about one in every 14 full moons, Jim Lattis, an astronomer at the University of Wisconsin Madison, notes.

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In The Bleacher Report: Jonathan Taylor shoots for the stars at Wisconsin, not Harvard

Nothing could have prepared Jonathan Taylor for what he would experience on this college football recruiting trip. Not those college-level International Baccalaureate classes he was taking in high school, and certainly not the mean streets of Salem, New Jersey, where the greatest education of all was learned by steering clear of all that could go wrong.

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Two L&S professors named AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected five professors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as AAAS Fellows. Two of the new inductees - Professor of Astronomy Amy Barger and Professor of Chemistry John Berry - are from L&S. 

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Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery

A strange visitor, either asteroid or comet, zipping through our solar system at a high rate of speed is giving astronomers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to examine up close an object from somewhere else in our galaxy.

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In Madison Magazine: Eric Wilcots, Madison's own star gazer

Eric Wilcots wanted to be an astronomer since he was a kid growing up in Philadelphia and watched the Voyager space probe images of Jupiter on television. Wilcots, a professor in the department of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin, balances research — he studies the evolution of galaxies — and sharing his lifelong passion for astronomy with students and the public.

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