Category Archives: Wisconsin

Messing with Bacterial Roll Calls

In politics, quorum is the number of people you need present to vote on legislation. It’s that minimum target you avoid by having politicians leave the state to stop ridiculous policies from being rammed through the system. It’s the number … Continue reading

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All Electric Fish Took the Same Bus to the Evolutionary Party

The famed electric ell of South America’s Amazonian waters isn’t really an eel at all—it’s more like a frog. But it’s definitely electric. The species is capable of producing an electric field of up to 600 volts—about 100 volts per … Continue reading

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All the Ingredients for Another 1918 Flu Pandemic Are Out There Somewhere

A huge controversy was stirring through the academic ranks a couple of years ago. Two research teams had taken it upon themselves to try to protect the world from another pandemic like the 1918 “Spanish flu” by basically creating the … Continue reading

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New Atomic Jigsaw Decipherer Proves Ancientness of Aussie Rock

Imagine you’re digging around your back yard—perhaps making a nice herb garden or digging posts for a deck—and you come across a rock along the way. That’s not too hard to imagine, since either of those activities are bound to … Continue reading

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How Can a Redwood Grow so Tall?

How high can the sycamore grow? If you cut it down, then you’ll never know. And you’ll never know why northern coastal California is so great for producing the tallest trees in the world. It’s an interesting question when you … Continue reading

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Cutting Calories to Add Years

Hey, you! Want to live longer? Put down that cheeseburger! And you’ll probably have to skip a meal every day too. Eating less has been proven time and again to prolong the life of many organisms by as much as … Continue reading

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BABY SEA TURTLES!!! URMAHGURD!!

And now for your daily dose of cuteness–I give you baby sea turtles. Loggerheads, to be exact. After hatching on the Atlantic coast shores of the American south, these little critters drift away and don’t reappear until they are juveniles … Continue reading

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