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Pesticides may have shortened human lifespan in areas targeted by cicadas in the early 20th century

June 17, 2024

As millions of Americans brace for a rare simultaneous emergence of two cicada broods this summer, new research out of the La Follette School reveals how cicada-targeting pesticides used in the early 20th century might have shortened Americans’ lifespans.

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UW–Madison names Haddix new School of Education dean

June 6, 2024

Haddix has held numerous leadership positions in her 16 years at Syracuse University and currently serves as associate provost for strategic initiatives. She also led for two terms as chair of the Reading and Language Arts department in the School of Education at Syracuse. Haddix describes her work as “very interdisciplinary” and believes the School of Education’s focus on education, arts and health is aligned with her vision of what a holistic approach to education should be.

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Wind from black holes may influence development of surrounding galaxies

June 11, 2024

The discovery helps illuminate the way active black holes can continuously shape their galaxies by spurring on or snuffing out the development of new stars.

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A woman smiles to the camera as a periodical cicada rests on her forehead.

The buzz about cicadas Curious nature lovers crowded to Cicadapalooza, held on June 8 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to learn all about the noisy bugs. See more

Photo by: Althea Dotzour

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Watery planets orbiting dead stars may be good candidates for studying life — if they can survive long enough

June 13, 2024

The small footprint and dim light of white dwarfs, remnants of stars that have burned through their fuel, may make excellent backdrops for studying planets with enough water to harbor life.

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Small, cool and sulfurous exoplanet may help write recipe for planetary formation

June 10, 2024

UW–Madison astronomers and their collaborators hope the discovery of one exoplanet's sulfurous atmosphere will advance our understanding of how planets forms.

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Bringing delight by investigating a no-melt ice cream

June 10, 2024

Cameron Wicks, a PhD student in the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Food Science, is working on a new technology that adds naturally occurring compounds to ice cream to prevent it from wreaking summertime havoc.