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Thursday, February 29, 2024

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Mercury: why ‘mad hatters’ were so mad

In a stuffy milliner’s workshop in Danbury, Conn., a hat maker brushed a solution of mercury nitrate over a set of rabbit furs. This was the first step of several that the hatmaker would perform to transform the furs into the stiff felt hats in fashion in the late 18th century. As he worked, the milliner breathed in vapors from the muggy air.


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Killer heat: beating a summer drought

The forecast for welcome week this year is just about perfect. Highs are in the mid 80s with lots of sun. However, all those who resided in Wisconsin or the Midwest in general this summer can remember when temperatures soared into the mid-100s accompanied by high humidity and drought a month and a half ago. Some conditions were so severe that many Fourth of July firework festivities were canceled. Dane and Columbia counties even saw roads buckle and “pavement blow-ups.”


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Revealing the dark side of Curie’s ‘beautiful radium’

Row upon row of women sat in a musty factory hand-painting watch dials. Each woman brought her camel-hair paintbrush to her lips, drew it into a point and carefully drew on numbers with a radiolumiescent paint. One by one these dial painters mysteriously became ill. They suffered from anemia, bone fractures and jaw necrosis, and some even died.


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Hormone takes up fight against cancer

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) recently signed a license agreement with AhR Pharmaceuticals for exclusive rights to the development and use of ITE, a hormone that has the potential to treat some types of cancer and obesity.



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