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Daphnia, or water fleas, such as this are found in lakes and ponds across the world. Because of their pivotal position in food webs, daphnia are widely utilized as an indicator species to assess the response of ecosystems to environmental change.

Fresh water scientist Rebecca Klaper studies the impact of indescribably small nanoparticles on our Great Lakes.

John D. Lyons and his son, Eric, seining a Mississippi River backwater near Cassville for Asian carp in 2007.

It never occurred to me to ask why we have laws to protect rare fishes—or rare species of any animal or plant—in Wisconsin if that species is common elsewhere.

Moriah Rataczak uses her Phantom 4 quadcopter—more commonly known as a drone—to monitor field conditions for Gumz Farms. Photo by Cassie Smith-Krebs.

From a hundred feet in the air, Moriah Rataczak inspects the fields of Gumz Farms in Central Wisconsin.

There are many places where people concerned about climate change can influence decisions surrounding electricity generation and transmission.

Named a Wisconsin Academy Fellow in 2004, Michael Fiore is a physician, a professor, and the director of the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. Here Fiore checks patient Mike Eheler’s carbon monoxide levels. Heeler, a father of four, quit smoking with help from Fiore and the UW–CTRI. Photo credit: UW–Madison Department of Medicine/Clint Thayer.

Through the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, Drs. Michael Fiore and Timothy Baker have helped more than 300,000 Wisconsinites kick the habit.

UW–Madison researcher and Wicab Inc. founder Paul Bach-y-Rita showcases his tongue display unit, a sensory substitution device that helps profoundly blind patients with orientation, mobility, and object recognition through electro-tactile stimulation. Photo by Phillipe Psaila/Science Photo Library.

A vision-aid device developed by a Middleton company helps profoundly blind patients "see" through electro-tactile stimulation to the tongue.

Petri dishes in the Hittinger lab at UW–Madison grow a multitude of wild yeast species. Undiscovered yeast species and engineered yeast hybrids may hold the key to unlocking the biofuel potential of switchgrass and other biomass crops.

Yeast hybrids may hold the key to unlocking the biofuel potential of switchgrass and other biomass crops. 

What we learned from a year of examining how to harness the power of creativity to improve life in Wisconsin.

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. Photo credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Scientists from across the state are leading the fight against mosquito-borne disease around the world.

Small communities in Wisconsin are taking the lead on solar energy.

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