articles tagged "science"

Federal Shutdown Threatens Basic Science Research

Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | buzz
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With Congress and the White House at loggerheads over the fate of funding for the Affordable Care Act, many federal employees remain idle and all sorts of government funding has stopped flowing. And that includes money for basic science research. Laura Kiessling of UW Madison explains why that matters. more »

Comet ISON and All Things Astronomy

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | A Public Affair
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With the government shutdown, it’s likely that we will not have access to NASA’s website today. However on Wednesday October 2nd, our host Tim Hansel was joined by James Lattis, who is the director of the UW Space Place, to tell us about Comet ISON and other various astronomy topics. more »

WI Institute For Discovery And Science Around WI

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | A Public Affair
Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery

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 »

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