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Developed by a visual artist and earth scientist, small problems, BIG TROUBLE was developed to create awareness of subjects that are small in scale (e.g. soil, parasites, dust, viruses, micro pollutants, invasive species) yet can pose significant threats to human life.

It was a tornado that forged an almost twenty-year collaboration between Appleton-area artist Judith Waller and scientist James Brey.

The sand that you would find on a lake bottom or riverbed (left) differs from frac sand (right) on both an atomic and geologic scale.

As an activity that changes the land, large-scale sand mining has social as well as ecological considerations for Wisconsinites to ponder. 

Algebra textbooks are something I’ve tried hard to avoid since high school.

Recent scientific breakthroughs, such as nanotechnology, are changing the world as we know it. Gold nanoshells, for both imaging and targeting tumors, have the potential to revolutionize cancer treatments.

Editor's Note: This article appeared in the Spring 2012 edition of Wisconsin People & Ideas.

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