Stay curious. Your monthly scoop from the College of Letters & Science at UW-Madison. 
Clue to the Cosmos
A "cosmic blunderbuss," or supermassive black hole, fired a subatomic particle known as a neutrino into space and as it zinged down from the sky, through the ice of Antarctica, the IceCube Neutrino Detector  alerted astronomers around the world. The discovery greatly expands the field. "We have found the first source of cosmic rays," says UW-Madison's Francis Halzen, in a New York Times story.  
From English to chemistry to Asian Languages and Cultures, students across the College of Letters & Science and beyond are finding fascinating ways to learn by reading, analyzing and creating their own comics. An Isthmus  cover story  investigates. 

Missing but not forgotten
When Erin Miller learned that a friend's brother was a missing-in-action soldier, the history undergrad began a quest to learn about the 37 Wisconsin men who were listed MIA in Vietnam. A paper she wrote eventually became a book that honors the soldiers and their sacrifice. 
Robotic relationships
One day in the not-so-distant future, robots will walk among us. What will they look like? What will they do? How will they interact with us? These questions prompt both excitement and anxiety. Fortunately, a computer sciences professor is hard at work finding some answers. 
Elsa Noterman, a geography Ph.D. student exploring the use of abandoned properties 

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