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  • How To Catch A Neutrino

    To the Best of Our Knowledge, Public Radio International | August 20, 2018

    The neutrino was detected by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. This observatory is the brainchild of Francis Halzen, a physicist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who’s known as the “Godfather of IceCube.” He first dreamed of building the South Pole observatory thirty years ago. He talked with Anne Strainchamps about this discovery.

  • Analysis: Bills Moved Faster in Wisconsin Capitol Under GOP

    Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism | August 20, 2018

    Quoted: “I think it’s a symptom of the legislative process becoming less participatory,” said Barry Burden, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Elections Research Center. “We see more examples . of bills being sprung very quickly without members knowing they’re coming, without the public knowing, and hearings being announced very quickly without lots of notice.”

  • After Gov. Scott Walker Took Office, Bills Moved Faster Through Wisconsin Legislature

    Wisconsin Public Radio | August 20, 2018

    Quoted: “I think it’s a symptom of the legislative process becoming less participatory,” said Barry Burden, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Elections Research Center. “We see more examples … of bills being sprung very quickly without members knowing they’re coming, without the public knowing, and hearings being announced very quickly without lots of notice.”

  • New Research On Tropical Corn Could Help Reduce Fertilizer Used By Farmers

    Wisconsin Public Radio | August 17, 2018

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have helped discover a corn variety that could reduce the amount of nitrogen fertilizer farmers need to spread.

  • ‘Weaponized Ad Technology’: Facebook’s Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

    The New York Times | August 17, 2018

    A report this week from Young Mie Kim, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, described how a Kremlin-linked group, called the Internet Research Agency, used Facebook’s ad system to identify nonwhite voters. Then the group tried to discourage those people from voting.

  • ‘Lamarck’s Revenge’ Review: Inheriting the Wrong Ideas

    Wall Street Journal | August 17, 2018

    Jean-BaptisteLamarck (1744-1829) formulated the first real theory of biological evolution, in which organisms acquired traits directly from adapting to the environments they faced and passed those new traits on to their offspring. If there’s one thing high-school biology students learn, it’s that Darwin was right about natural selection. If there’s a second thing, it’s that Lamarck was wrong.

    —Mr. Hawks is a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Scientists recommend eating of crickets to stay healthy

    Within Nigeria | August 17, 2018

    A new clinical trial showed that consuming crickets can help support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and that eating crickets is not only safe at high doses but may also reduce inflammation in the body.The clinical trial, which was carried out in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States, documented for the first time the health effects of eating insects.

  • Honoring And Remembering Singer Aretha Franklin And Her Voice

    NPR | August 17, 2018

    Featured: NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with Thulani Davis about Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” who died Thursday at 76. Davis says Franklin let the style of singing African-Americans knew from church blend into popular music.

  • How Aretha Franklin’s commitment to civil rights and equality changed hearts and minds

    NBC News | August 17, 2018

    Quoted: “There’s no way to overstate what Aretha meant to the generation that came of age during the Civil Rights Movement,” Craig Werner, professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison told NBC News.

  • Do flat-tummy teas or activated charcoal help with weight loss? Nutritionists weigh in

    Today.com | August 16, 2018

    Quoted: “There is evidence to suggest that vinegars can inhibit enzymes that break down food and change up how we digest carbohydrates,” Cassie Vanderwall, a nutritionist at University of Wisconsin Health, told TODAY. “(But) I don’t think the evidence is strong enough to recommend it (for weight loss.)”

  • Ryan Zinke blames ‘environmental terrorist groups’ for severity of California wildfires

    Washington Post | August 16, 2018

    Quoted: But Monica Turner, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, said this argument doesn’t address the bigger problem.“Making minor changes in the fuels [which] you then have to do repeatedly for many years is not going to solve the bigger problem of having to face climate change,” she told The Washington Post. “We cannot clear or thin our way out of this problem.”

  • Animals suffer in Europe’s summer of extreme heat

    NBC News | August 16, 2018

    Quoted: “What we expect is more heat waves like this, and we expect that as the climate changes and heat waves become more common, species will experience heat stress, migrate away from periods of heat, or in the case of trees start dying,” said Jack Williams, a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin. “There’s a saying that species have opportunities of moving, adapting, persisting or dying out.”

  • A drug’s weird side effect lets people control their dreams

    New Scientist | August 16, 2018

    Noted: A small number of people naturally have lucid dreams, meaning they can recognise when they’re dreaming and steer the storyline they experience. Some others can learn to induce them using cognitive techniques.The practice is most commonly used to pursue fantasies like flying, but it may also help to overcome fears and nightmares, says Benjamin Baird at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Turnout in Minnesota, Wisconsin primaries surges to two-decade highs

    Reuters | August 15, 2018

    Quoted: However, David Canon, professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, said not too much could be read into Tuesday’s turnout given several hot contests in the state.

  • UW-Madison maintains high affordability ranking, Money Magazine says

    Wisconsin State Journal | August 15, 2018

    The annual Money Magazine Best Colleges for Your Money list out on Monday puts UW-Madison at 48th overall and 30th among public universities, based on affordability, quality of education and outcomes.

  • Video game to improve empathy in school kids

    Times of India | August 14, 2018

    “The realisation that these skills are actually trainable with video games is important because they are predictors of emotional well-being and health throughout life, and can be practised anytime–with or without video games,” said lead author Tammi Kral, graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US.

  • How a video game may improve empathy in middle schoolers

    Independent Online | August 14, 2018

    According to the researchers, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US, empathy is the first step in a sequence that can lead to prosocial behavior, such as helping others in need.

  • Streaming Textbooks: Changing the Game

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education | August 14, 2018

    According to the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Other parts of the cost of attendance, including living costs, transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses make up between 50 percent and 80 percent of sticker price. As a result, low-income students can be faced with making difficult financial choices. For example, tight finances among low-income students can lead them to sacrifice food and housing to stay in school.”

  • Video Game Designed to Boost Empathy in Kids Shows Good Qualities Can Be Taught: Study

    The Quint | August 14, 2018

    Lead author Tammi Kral, graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US, said: The realisation that these skills are actually trainable with video games is important because they are predictors of emotional well-being and health throughout life, and can be practised anytime – with or without video games.

  • Boost your gut health with crickets

    Treehugger | August 14, 2018

    A group of researchers led by Dr. Valerie Stull at the University of Wisconsin-Madison set out to see how eating crickets affects gut microbiota and if it functions as an anti-inflammatory. The resulting experiment showed that crickets are, indeed, very good for one’s gut health.

  • Here’s More Evidence Facebook Is Harming Democracy

    Pacific Standard | August 14, 2018

    Quoted: “On balance, the overall impact of social media on political knowledge appears to be negative,” write University of Wisconsin–Madison scholars Sangwon Lee and Michael Xenos. “Political social media use does not have a significant effect on political knowledge, while general social media use has a modestly negative effect.”

  • How Colleges Are Sparing Birds’ Lives and Conserving Energy

    Chronicle of Higher Education | August 9, 2018

    Aaron Williams was never a bird expert or even a bird enthusiast. But somehow, he’s found himself coordinating a flock of volunteers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison as part of a large-scale effort to protect local and migrating birds.

  • The Mendocino Complex Fire is now the largest wildfire ever recorded in California

    The Washington Post | August 7, 2018

    Quoted: “Extreme droughts and high winds are increasing as climate is warming,” said Monica Turner, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison who has spent three decades researching fires at Yellowstone National Park. “That’s the ultimate driver behind what’s happening in California.”

  • An Invasive New Tick Is Spreading in the U.S.

    New York Times | August 7, 2018

    Quoted: “One tick can crank out females in fairly large numbers,” said Thomas Yuill, a retired pathobiologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who was one of the first to raise alarms about the invaders.

  • Security Experts: Wisconsin Voting Systems Can Be Hacked

    AP | July 30, 2018

    Noted: Wisconsin and other battleground states were targeted by a sophisticated social media campaign, according to a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison study headed by journalism professor Young Mie Kim.

  • Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and the war over change

    Vox | July 30, 2018

    A new report out of the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Applied Population Lab found that white births are now outnumbered by white deaths in 26 states, up from 17 in 2014 and four in 2004.

  • White House Report Claims ‘War On Poverty’ Is Over

    Wisconsin Public Radio | July 27, 2018

    Featured: According to the U.S. Census, more than 43 million Americans were living below the poverty line in 2016. But a recent report released from the White House says initiatives to reduce poverty in the United States over the last 50 years have largely been a success. Timothy Smeeding–Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics and former Director of the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty–joins us to talk about the report and what it could mean for social programs in the future.

  • Is there a right kind of screen time?

    Marketplace | July 27, 2018

    Featured: In the last installment of our series on the trade-offs of technology and what it means for our kids, Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talked with Dr. Megan Moreno, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin who studies how media use affects kids.

  • ‘I Think All Those People Are Dead’: Laos Dam Survivors Seek Word of Neighbors

    The New York Times | July 27, 2018

    Quoted: “It’s hard to know if they were lying now or if they were incompetent before,” said Ian Baird, an expert on Laos at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, referring to Laotian officials. But he said the confusion was to be expected, with a risk-adverse authoritarian government in a poor country that is not accustomed to responding to disasters of this magnitude.

  • Weed Legalization Is Tearing This Neighbourhood Apart

    Vice | July 27, 2018

    But in Denver, pot businesses boosted property values in their host neighbourhoods, according to a report last year from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. In other words, the business of weed can be both a boon to homeowners and a source of stress on local renters.

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