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  • Supreme Court faces major decision on partisan gerrymandering

    The Hill | June 18, 2018

    Quoted: Though both cases involve challenges to partisan gerrymandering, Barry Burden, a political science professor and director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the justices could be having a hard time reconciling the different legal theories being argued.

  • Burden: No bright line ruling likely on SCOTUS gerrymandering cases

    TheHill.com | June 15, 2018

    The U.S. Supreme Court soon may redefine how legislators get elected to office. Two high-profile cases that seek to rein in partisan gerrymandering are slated for decisions by late June. The rulings could be landmarks. But, however the court comes out, the fight against gerrymandering will be far from over.

  • Bees, climate change and Amish children: What do these UW projects have in common?

    Wisconsin State Journal | June 13, 2018

    Studies of bees, climate change and Amish children are among the eight projects out of 70 receiving grants from one of UW-Madison’s largest endowments.

  • Some of Africa’s Biggest Baobab Trees Are Dying Off

    NPR News | June 12, 2018

    Noted: Baobabs, especially old ones, can be more vulnerable to drought than their grizzled appearance might suggest, says David Baum, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But more evidence is needed, he says, to strengthen the link between climate change and the baobab deaths.

  • Study: In 2016, Wisconsin’s job market improved but the state’s poverty rate increased

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | June 8, 2018

    Despite a robust job market, Wisconsin’s poverty rate increased to 10.8% in 2016, compared to 9.7% in 2015, according to a report released Friday by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Promises on North Korea are easy to make but hard to keep. Here’s why.

    The Washington Post | June 7, 2018

    The June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore seems back on the calendar. But it’s not likely to result in the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

    Andrew Kydd is a professor in the University of Wisconsin’s department of political science.

  • Earth’s days used to be just 18 hours long, but the Moon changed that

    Yahoo News | June 7, 2018

    If you’ve ever felt like there just aren’t enough hours in the day just be glad that you didn’t live on Earth 1.4 billion years ago. A new study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison reveals that ancient Earth had much shorter days, and the 24-hour days that we experience in modern times come courtesy of the Moon.

  • A day used to be less than 19 hours long 1.4 billion years ago

    New Scientist | June 7, 2018

    t’s not just you – the days really are getting longer. More than a billion years ago, the moon used to be about 40,000 kilometres closer, which made Earth spin faster. Back then, the days were less than 19 hours long. (Paywall)

  • The days are getting longer – but very, very slowly

    The Guardian | June 7, 2018

    As the Earth’s rotation gradually winds down, the moon moves further away. Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Stephen Meyers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Alberto Malinverno at Columbia University in New York calculate that over the past 1.4bn years the moon has drifted about 44,000km from Earth to a distance of 384,400km

  • Innovative UW researchers win Shaw science awards

    Wisconsin State Journal | June 7, 2018

    Two researchers at UW-Madison have been selected as recipients of the 2018 Shaw Scientist Awards, each getting $200,000 in seed funding to continue their innovative research work.

  • Revealed: Why days on Earth are getting longer

    Isle of Wight Radio | June 6, 2018

    As the moon moves away, the Earth is like a spinning figure skater who slows down as they stretch their arms out, explained Professor Stephen Meyers, professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Think days are short now? They once lasted just 18 hours

    New Zealand Herald | June 6, 2018

    “As the moon moves away, the Earth is like a spinning figure skater who slows down as they stretch their arms out,” explained Professor Stephen Meyers, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • No lie-in this morning? Thank the Moon’s gravitational pull

    The Register | June 6, 2018

    “As the moon moves away, the Earth is like a spinning figure skater who slows down as they stretch their arms out,” said Stephen Meyers, co-author of the study and a geoscience professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Falling short on time? Earth might have 25 hours in a day in the future

    India Today | June 6, 2018

    The study author of geoscience Stephen Meyers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison explained the relation between Earth’s spin and the location of Moon as that of a spinning figure skater and his arms. The way skater slows down his spinning speed by stretching his arms out, the spinning speed of Earth is slowing down as the moon is distancing itself from the planet.

  • The Moon is causing days on Earth to get longer

    Space.com | June 6, 2018

    Using a new statistical method called astrochronology, astronomers peered into Earth’s deep geologic past and reconstructed the planet’s history. This work revealed that, just 1.4 billion years ago, the moon was significantly closer to Earth, which made the planet spin faster. As a result, a day on Earth lasted just over 18 hours back then, according to a statement from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Can state force Foxconn to install solar panels for public use?

    Politifact Wisconsin | June 6, 2018

    Quoted: Jack Huddleston, emeritus professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said trying to re-open negotiations now would be “pretty risky” for the state.

  • Watch in Real Time as American Airlines 1897 Tries to Escape a Hail Storm From Hell

    Popular Mechanics | June 6, 2018

    Noted: Rick Kohrs, a graphic artist at NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, created this image of the plane’s “terrifying track.” He superimposed AA 1897’s flight path from Flight Aware with weather data from GOES-16, the latest sat from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) program. These sats capture storms as they develop, giving meteorologists a space-based tool to predict storms and warn people about ones that exist.

  • How the Moon may one day give us 25-hour days

    The Week UK | June 6, 2018

    forgets memory cardResearchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have worked out that around 1.4 billion years ago, a day on Earth lasted 18 hours. “This is at least in part because the Moon was closer and changed the way the Earth spun around its axis,” the Daily Mirror reports.

  • Map-making on a budget

    Nature | June 5, 2018

    Shanan Peters, a geologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the principal investigator on the Macrostrat project, which is an online encyclopaedic atlas for geological data. Although most of the Macrostrat mapping data are publicly available, importing them required “a fair bit of time”, Peters says.

  • Days are longer than they used to be due to moon moving away from earth, study finds

    The Independent | June 5, 2018

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that 1.4 billion years ago the moon orbited much closer to the planet, altering the way it spins on its axis.The study also said the moon will continue to move away from Earth, making our days even longer.

  • The Moon Is Making Every Day on Earth Longer Than the Last, Study Shows

    Inverse | June 5, 2018

    The new study, co-authored by Stephen Meyers, Ph.D., a professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Alberto Malinverno, Ph.D., a research professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, isn’t just about the moon. The researchers initially set out to find a way to accurately study the many phases that our planet has undergone since its beginning, both in terms of its geology and its place in the solar system.

  • Wish you had more time in the day? A day on Earth could soon last 25 HOURS – and it’s thanks to the moon

    The Mirror Online | June 5, 2018

    Study author Professor of geoscience Stephen Meyers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said: “As the moon moves away, the Earth is like a spinning figure skater who slows down as they stretch their arms out.”

  • Days Are Longer Now Because the Moon Moves Away from Earth (Study)

    States Chronicle | June 5, 2018

    Once upon a time, when the moon was closer to our planet, a day only had 18 hours. According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, about 1.4 billion years ago, the moon was orbiting Earth a lot closer than it is now, altering the way it spins on its axis.

  • Moon to give us longer days

    The Daily Express | June 5, 2018

    Study author Professor of geoscience Stephen Meyers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said: “As the moon moves away, the Earth is like a spinning figure skater who slows down as they stretch their arms out.”

  • An unintended consequence of the GOP tax law: bigger pensions for some

    Marketplace.org | June 5, 2018

    Because of the new tax law, many companies got more serious about saving for retirement last year. According to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the GOP tax bill likely led some companies to increase their defined-benefit pension contributions in 2017.

  • UW makes worldwide reputation list again

    Wisconsin State Journal | June 1, 2018

    UW-Madison has once again been recognized as one of the world’s top learning institutions.

  • Studies of space, hearing and DNA attract $1 million awards

    AP | June 1, 2018

    Three researchers share the neuroscience prize for studying how we hear: A. James Hudspeth of the Rockefeller University in New York, Robert Fettiplace of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Christine Petit of the College of France and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. They provided insights into how cells of the inner ear transform sound into electrical signals the brain can interpret.

  • Avoiding GMO food might be tougher than you think

    Popular Science | June 1, 2018

    Quoted: The USDA only just announced how they would require manufacturers to disclose GM ingredients, though the law was enacting back in 2016, and the new rules don’t use the term “GMO” or even “GM.” Instead, they opt for “BE” or “bioengineered,” perhaps to avoid using loaded terminology. “I’m not sure how much people will know that term,” says Dominique Brossard, a communications professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison specializing in life science issues like GMOs. “I don’t think it’s going to be very easy for people to find out [which foods are genetically modified].”

  • Our lives depend on carbon capture. But the tech is far from ready.

    The Washington Post | June 1, 2018

    Meeting the climate goals of the Paris Agreement is going to be nearly impossible without removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    -Gregory Nemet is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Trump applying 19th-century remedies to 21st-century problems

    The Hill | June 1, 2018

    Is it a trade dispute with China, or is it a trade war? If the latter, is it on hold, or not? The flip-flops in America’s trade relationship with China are coming in ever more frequently, as President Trump issues and rescinds threats.

    -Menzie Chinn is a professor of public affairs and economics at the University of Wisconsin. His research examines the empirical and policy aspects of macroeconomic interactions between countries.

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