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.
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.
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Alex Witze, science writer and journalist for Nature and Science News magazines, is on UW-Madison’s campus this week to discuss how to be a reporter in the current world of journalism and science.
A study published April 18 by Scientific Reports journal, conducted by UW-Madison researchers, indicated that short meditation exercises can help improve the attention span of those who multitask with different forms of media.
For most people, exercise includes breaking a sweat by lifting weights, going for a run or playing a game of pick-up basketball. However, researchers at UW-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds focus on training the mind in order to seek better health.
UW-Madison hosted a town hall Monday night at Union South with presentations about the future of gene editing both on a global and local scale.
UW-Madison announced Friday that Stem Cells in the 4th Dimension, an annual scientific meeting, will focus on how time affects stem cells in terms of development, maturation and aging.
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 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.
Two UW-Madison professors are helping analyze data on American science and health literacy with the National Academy of Sciences panel for a report to be released in 2017. Dominique Brossard, a life sciences communication professor, and Noah Feinstein, a School of Education professor, serve as two of 12 members on the committee.
UW–Madison engineers have created an artificial eye that can see in the dark and be used for search-and-rescue robots, surgical scopes, telescopes and recreational purposes, including night photography. Hongru Jiang, a UW-Madison professor of computer and biomedical engineering and the study’s author, said he gained inspiration for the artificial eye from unique cells that make up the retina of elephant nose fish, according to a university release.