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Sunday, October 24, 2021


Asian jumping worms wiggle uniquely compared to other earthworms when touched or disturbed. 

Worms invade Wisconsin soils, potentially harm plants

While earthworms are generally welcomed in soils for their ability to break down dead leaves and other organic matter into nutrients the plants can absorb, the invasive Asian jumping worm does so at an astounding rate, potentially accelerating the losses of nutrients from soils and harming native plants.

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Urban heat island effect hits Madison

Urban heat island effect is a direct result of urbanization, through its conversion of pervious areas, or permeable surfaces that promise the growth of plants, into impervious areas, or hard surfaces like cement sidewalks or parking lots. The UHI effect means that the air in cities is warmer than the air in the countryside.

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Post-drought forest repair challenged

For more than a hundred years, Yellowstone has drawn millions to the American West. Each year, more than 3 million people visit the park, stopping for its 19,000-year-old geysers, its million-year-old mountains and its blankets of forests that look just as dense as they do in the hundred-year-old photos in the textbooks.


UW-Madison highlights research at 2016 Science Expedition

UW-Madison hosted its 14th annual Science Expedition over the weekend to highlight research performed by students, faculty and scientists at the university. The expedition allowed attendees to interact with students and professors at UW-Madison laboratories, museums, greenhouses and research centers.

UW-Madison will continue to operate “IceCube” thanks to renewed funding from the National Science Foundation.

University receives funding to operate telescope in South Pole

UW-Madison announced the renewal of its funding with the National Science Foundation to operate a telescope known as “IceCube” buried under ice in the South Pole, according to a university news release. The funding for IceCube will be $35 million over the next five years. IceCube is located at the NSF’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and operates to detect high-energy cosmic neutrinos, the discovery of which has led to other scientific findings, according to the release.

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