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.
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.
Previous UW-Madison research suggests autism can be reliably diagnosed by age two, but fewer than half of children with autism spectrum disorders are being identified in their communities by age five nationwide.
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.