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Climate Change

Support for seven from Harvard President Drew Faust's climate fund

From the Harvard Gazette: $20M initiative to accelerate clean-energy solutions announces inaugural grants

Posted February 19, 2015

Oliver Sacks

My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on learning he has terminal cancer

On the occasion of Oliver's 80th birthday, Roald Hoffmann and Prof. Shakhashiri wrote an editorial in C&E News entitled "The Joy of Chemistry"

Oliver also wrote an opinion piece on turning 80, entitled "The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.)"

Volume 5 of Prof. Shakhashiri's Chemical Demonstrations series was dedicated to Oliver

Posted February 19, 2015

Snowflake architecture

The Frolic Architecture of Snow

Posted February 17, 2015

Science Doubt

Why science is so hard to believe

Posted February 17, 2015


110 years ago today, UW President Charles Van Hise gave his "I Shall Never Be Content" speech to the Wisconsin State Legislature

See a copy of the original Wisconsin State Journal Article

Read an original copy of the whole speech

Read the press release describing the speech as given Feb 15, 1905 at the Red Gym

Posted February 15, 2015

Climate Change

Anthropologists Issue Statement on Climate Change

Posted February 10, 2015


Science that is hard to swallow

The biggest gap between public opinion and scientific consensus in the United States is not in the realm of vaccines, global warming or evolution but regarding the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods.

Posted February 10, 2015


Fracking for fuel on shaky ground

Posted February 6, 2015

Deflating Footballs

To Unlock the Deflation Puzzle, Mind Your PV=nRT's

This is a common topic in freshman chemistry here at UW-Madison. Learn more in the Workbook for General Chemistry, Lesson 9: Using the Ideal Gas Law

Posted February 2, 2015

Exploding Droplets

Why Sodium and Potassium Really Explode in Water

This article includes a split-frame high-speed video showing the intense explosion of alkali metal droplets when they come in contact with water.

Posted February 2, 2015

Science and Society

Public and scientists' views on science and society

Posted February 2, 2015

Global Warming

Global Warming: What should be done?

Posted January 30, 2015

YouTube Video

Knighthood for Professor Poliakoff

Professor Poliakoff has become Sir Martyn. He received a knighthood in the UK's New Year's Honours List.

Posted January 30, 2015

YouTube Video

How does moisturizer work?

Posted January 27, 2015


Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

Posted January 26, 2015

YouTube Video

Scientific American's Top 10 Science Stories of 2014

Posted January 26, 2015

Removing Tarnish with Baking Soda

10 Clever and Surprisingly Effective Uses for Baking Soda

This Huffington Post blog article also calls upon science experts, like WISL's own Rodney Schreiner, to help explain why baking soda is good for so many things.

Posted January 16, 2015

YouTube Video

How Does Salt Melt Ice?

Posted January 12, 2015

YouTube Video

Open for Questions with Dr. John Holdren

Dr. Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor, answers questions about climate change that were submitted via social media using the hashtag #AskDrH

Posted January 6, 2015





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