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11:44 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A Cheat Sheet for Watching the Movie "Lincoln"

The movie "Lincoln" has been nominated for 7 Golden Globes, but does it balance historical accuracy with its artistic vision?

Essay by Ellen Kozak.

Many people are looking back at the Civil War era, and not just because of the sesquicentennial – but because of one Steven Spielberg. The Hollywood icon’s latest film is “Lincoln,” which was just nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards. The film depicts the President’s efforts to get the 13th Amendment – ending slavery – through a contentious Congress. But, like all movies, it takes some artistic license at the expense of historical accuracy.

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Regional
12:56 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Photos: Winter Storm Hits Wisconsin

A view of the snow in Madison on Thursday morning.
Credit Liz Benzschawel

Weather Conditions as of 5 pm:

People across Wisconsin are coping with the season’s first widespread snowstorm. A Winter Storm Warning for all of southeast Wisconsin is in effect until 3 am Friday. The DOT is recommending no non-essential travel in areas west and north of Milwaukee.

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Regional
9:14 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Don't Panic! The World Won't End Tomorrow

What does the Mayan calendar really say? And what does our interpretation of it say about us?
Credit Rich Renomeron, via Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Lake Effect's astronomy contributor Jean Creighton.

It may be the end of our calendar year, but for the Mayans', tomorrow is the last day on their calendar...period.

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Health & Science
1:30 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Five Reasons Why We Need to Attract More Minorities, Women to STEM Fields

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory hosts events like "Science Careers in Search of Women," to attract women and minorities to STEM fields.
Credit Argonne National Library

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Dr. Angela Byars-Winston of UW-Madison.

A lot has been written about the effort to attract more women and people of color to what's known as the "STEM" fields - science, technology, engineering, and math. Leaders in all of those fields have spoken of the need to have a future workforce that better reflects the demographics of this country. But where do we actually stand in attracting students to STEM education?

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Drought
2:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Study: Midwest Drought Onset Faster Than First Thought

Farmers in the Midwest struggled through an extended drought this season, that researchers now say came on quicker than previously thought.
Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images

New research shows how quickly and dramatically plants in Wisconsin came under stress this year. 

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the drought that has afflicted much of the United States this year has been the most severe in at least 25 years. But the federal agency wants to do more than simply report the bad news.

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