University of Wisconsin-Madison

In achievement and prestige, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has long been recognised as one of America’s great universities. A public, land-grant institution, UW–Madison offers a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs and student activities. Spanning 936 acres along the southern shore of Lake Mendota, the campus is located in the city of Madison.


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The remains of a burned car outside Gabon’s National Assembly. It was set alight during unrest after the disputed reelection of President Ali Bongo. Reuters/Edward McAllister

Gabon: no sign in sight of a family dynasty being displaced

Ali Bongo seems to have won Gabon's elections. Yet his contested "victory" has radically changed the political field in this soft democracy, one of Africa's richest and most stable.
Libreville s’est embrasé aussitôt après la proclamation des résultats de l’élection présidentielle. Marco Longari =/AFP

Le Gabon, le pays où il ne se passe jamais rien

Trois présidents depuis l’indépendance en 1960 ; la stabilité politique de cet État faiblement peuplé d’Afrique centrale a longtemps reposé sur un système de redistribution aujourd’hui en panne.
Spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus). Jake R. Walsh

Tiny flea reveals the devastating costs of invasive species

Invasive species cause some $120 billion in damages across North America yearly -- and that's just direct costs. A study of one species in one Wisconsin lake indicates the real toll is much higher.
Jesuit astronomers with Chinese scholars in the 18th century. Les cahiers de Science et Vie October 2009

Jesuits as science missionaries for the Catholic Church

As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is part of a long tradition of religious men of science. Will his leadership influence the Catholic Church's stance on contemporary scientific issues?
The skull of Homo naledi is built like those of early Homo species but its brain was just more than half the size of the average ancestor from 2 million years ago. SUPPLIED

Homo naledi: determining the age of fossils is not an exact science

Despite claims about its age, puzzling combinations of features from Homo naledi gives it an uncanny resemblance to human beings.
Polemical headlines about student debt combined with a lack of good data can leave some students perplexed. Books bank via

Student debt 101: dearth of data fuels common misperceptions

The remarkable rise in student debt makes for provocative headlines that aren't always supported by the available research.
Literary awards can have a profound impact on sales – and, in the future, which books get published and promoted. QQ Li/Flickr

How this year’s National Book Awards could change the face of children’s literature

There’s a lot of attention right now on diversity in children’s books – or, more accurately, the lack of it. It’s not a new problem. White people have been talking about this issue since Nancy Larrick…
A different perspective on fracking: wells in the Jonah Field, Wyoming. Ecoflight

Without full disclosure of accidents and chemicals used, fracking risks remain unknown

The rise of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has ushered in an era of intense drilling that has been called the great shale gas rush. Fracking allows oil and natural gas to be extracted from horizontal…

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