Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin scientists have discovered how to kill jumping worm cocoons

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have determined that heat can kill the cocoons of jumping worms, the invasive earthworms that have spread dramatically throughout the state in recent years.

While the full ecological impact of these wriggly invaders is not fully known, research suggests they can significantly alter the soil structure in an infested area — and potentially all that grows there.

The new UW study offers a potential new way to slow their spread.

Read more here (story originally published June 27, 2019, in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

5 essentials to great fireworks shows: Behind the oohs and aahs, there’s science and art

What makes a fireworks show great? 

Science, art — and a little luck on the weather front. This week, in communities all across Wisconsin, those components must come together seamlessly.

“Everything is science,” said John Conkling, one of the world’s leading experts on pyrotechnics. “But you have to have the artists with the scientists.”

Read more here (story originally published July 1, 2019, in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.