articles tagged "science"

WI Institute For Discovery And Science Around WI

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | A Public Affair
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The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, which just celebrated it’s third birthday, is a fairly new building on the UW-Madison campus. On Wednesday September 18th, host Tim Hansel spoke with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s Laura Heisler to tell us more about the programs at WID and the upcoming Wisconsin Science Festival. more »

What’s Living in Your Belly Button?

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | buzz
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Think biological field work, and most people think of exotic Amazonian rainforests or the Serengeti plains of Africa. Few think of the plethora of things living in our own backyard, in our homes, even in our armpits and bellybuttons. Rob Dunn works as a biologist and writer in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University. He also founded yourwildlife.org, an online “citizen scientist” resource to the biota literally right under our noses. more »

Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences Between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | buzz
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Imagine a world where females are fifty times larger than males, who die immediately after mating. Or where females have to protect their offspring from being eaten by their own father. Or where males parasitically fuse with their female mates, ultimately becoming indistinguishable from their mate and host. These worlds exist… right here, just not for humans. Daphne Fairbairn teaches biology at the University of California, Riverside. She’s the author of “Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences Between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom” and she joined Brian Standing on August 26. more »

Green Pea Galaxies and the Origins of the Universe

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | buzz
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On August 26, 2013 Monday host Brian Standing took us on a trip one and a half billion light years away. Out there, lie some round, green blobs that turn out to be galaxies very unlike our own Milky Way. These galaxies, dubbed the Green Peas due to their apparent color, turn out not only to be highly efficient star factories, but may hold some clues to the origins of the universe, shortly after the Big Bang. Anne Jaskot is a graduate student in astronomy at the University of Michigan, and recently authored the paper THE ORIGIN AND OPTICAL DEPTH OF IONIZING RADIATION IN THE “GREEN PEA” GALAXIES. more »

The Milky Way: An Insider’s Guide

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 | buzz
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What does our galaxy smell like? Believe it or not, that question is a serious one. William H. Waller, an astrophysicist who has taught and studied at the Harvard-Smithsonian Institute, the Goddard Space Center and Tufts University, joined Brian Standing on Monday, August 19, to chat about the radial-armed galaxy we call home. Waller currently teaches science at Rockport Massachussetts High School – lucky students – and is the author of The Milky Way: An Insider’s Guide, available from Princeton University Press. more »

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