5 Astonishing Discoveries

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Danielle Lawry

Almost every day, UW–Madison research makes news. Whether it’s the discovery of the Zika-carrying Asian tiger mosquito a few miles from campus, or the first-ever detection of a cosmic neutrino from an icebound telescope at the South Pole, the world is paying attention and scooping up these discoveries.

Developments such as the advent of human embryonic stem cells, finding the genes that make influenza deadly, and the fossil haul that gave us Homo naledi (a new addition to the human family tree) are predictable front-page news. But the UW’s ideas factory churns out remarkable findings that don’t always get the notoriety they deserve. In no consequential order, here are five astonishing things you may have missed:

Published in the Winter 2017 issue

Tags: Research, Science

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