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Dwindling wind may tip predator-prey balance

September 19, 2014

Bent and tossed by the wind, a field of soybean plants presents a challenge for an Asian lady beetle on the hunt for aphids. But what if the air - and the soybeans - were still?

‘Cabinet of curiosities’ captures nature through work of artists and scientists

February 21, 2014

Of all the places Sierra Swenson expected to end up during her first semester at college, precious few were lined with jars full of preserved reptiles.

Eavesdropping plants prepare to be attacked

August 5, 2013

In a world full of hungry predators, prey animals must be constantly vigilant to avoid getting eaten. But plants face a particular challenge when it comes to defending themselves.

A virtual elephant from a marriage of biology, engineering, and art

May 29, 2013

The solid aluminum cast of an elephant on Warren Porter's desk has been waiting for 25 years.

UW-Madison zoologist elected to prestigious academy

April 30, 2013

Anthony Ives, Plaenert-Bascom Professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has been elected to membership in the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Curiosities: Why do sharks have to swim constantly?

August 30, 2010

For two reasons, says James Kitchell, professor of zoology at UW–Madison. First, sharks lack the swim bladder that most fish use to adjust their buoyancy.

Curiosities: Why can birds eat hot peppers?

June 14, 2010

In the 1990s, scientists began to wonder why birds in the Southwest ate the hot-tasting fruits of a wild plant called the “bird pepper.”…

Curiosities: How can a polar bear survive in a Wisconsin zoo?

January 15, 2010

“Wisconsin bears in zoos may not be in an environment as extreme as something like a tropical zoo,” says Kurt Sladky, assistant professor of…