Does smoking marijuana kill brain cells?
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Do rainbows occur on other plants?
Yellowstone National Park is the nation’s oldest national park, spanning one of the largest swathes of wilderness in America. It’s famed for its pristine landscape and iconic wildlife. As UW-Madison’s Eugene P. Odum professor of ecology Monica Turner states, Yellowstone is the “crown jewel” of American national parks. However, Yellowstone’s forests, along with forest ecosystems elsewhere, are in danger of climate change.
Why do knuckles pop?
Dear Ms. Scientist,
Dear Ms. Scientist,
Music is a universal language. It can make you laugh or cry. It can soothe you after a stressful day, or get your blood pumping for a competition. Even more remarkably, music can help you heal. Why do you feel so many emotions when listening to music? How does it affect your health? The answer lies in your brain and the neurochemicals it produces. Listening to music affects brain activity and chemistry, which control moods and physiological responses, suggesting that listening to music could improve your health.
The universe is a vast and mysterious space, filled with distant and puzzling objects, but UW-Madison physics professor Peter Timbie has played a huge role in helping to demystify it by giving us a deeper understanding of the incredibly rare cosmological phenomenon called Fast Radio Burst: a singular pulse of radio signal.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that affects more and more people every day. Resulting from experiences of traumatic events, PTSD is characterized by intense recurring flashbacks and high emotions of fear when the patient is overly triggered by a normally mild stimulus.
Every year, the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery hosts the Wisconsin Science Festival, a two-day event where many local organizations set up activities for Madison-area children. Throughout the day, they also schedule a variety of talks centered on topics in science.
In an age where many things are micromanaged and controlled for the most efficient results, aquatic ecologist Stephen Carpenter says that this kind of management may end up being detrimental in the long run.
UW-Madison’s scientific research has long been recognized as top-notch and paramount to the advancement of science, technology and medicine. UW-Madison is also home to some of the best scientists in the world. All of this, however, could be threatened by the Wisconsin legislature’s proposed ban on using fetal tissue for research purposes.
“We study sex in an obscure fungus,” says Dr. Christina Hull, an associate professor in UW-Madison’s biomolecular chemistry department.