Famed Milwaukee County Zoo orangutan's death caused by strange infection

Mahal, the young orangutan who became a star of the Milwaukee County Zoo and an emblem of survival for a dwindling species, led an extraordinary life. It turns out, the young ape died an extraordinary death, too.

Seed dispersal gets a test in carved-out 'habitat corridors'

Ecologists go to great lengths to get data, so when a group of ecologists set out to see how wind moves seeds through isolated patches of habitat carved into a longleaf pine plantation in South Carolina, they twisted colored yarn to create mock seeds that would drift with the wind much like native seeds.

The Sloth's Busy Inner Life

It's true that the sloth, which lives in the jungles of Central and South America, would barely prevail in a race with a snail. But it's not a sluggard because it's lazy. Rather, it has carved out a remarkably ingenious mode of life in the treetops, but one that imposes certain constraints on its speed and energy level.

Contest seeks amazing science images

An array of new microscopy techniques, telescopes, cameras and other imaging technologies are revolutionizing science, producing stunning visuals that offer glimpses into seen and unseen worlds. The fourth annual Cool Science Image Contest is soliciting the best images from student, faculty and staff scientists on the UW-Madison campus.

Intense human settlement and forest disruption linked to virus outbreak

A new study shows that the deadly Nipah virus in Bangladesh is infecting people only in areas with significant deforestation and high population density. Although the virus is spread by a common fruit bat, villages with fairly intact forest did not get Nipah virus infections.

Making a better flip-flop to overcome illiteracy and disease

In many parts of the world, a good share of the population wears flip-flops. In America, the candy-colored sandals are a ubiquitous herald of summer. In rural Uganda, kids wear them, adult men and moms wear them whether they're bopping around the compound, working in the fields or getting water.


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