Articles by Will Cushman

Solar energy is cheaper, more efficient and more widely available than ever, but its viability was never assured. Technologies that enable the conversion of sunlight into usable electricity are the products of an uncoordinated, decades-long series of events that followed a circuitous and halting path
Following two years of steep drops, the number of international refugees who resettled in Wisconsin leveled off in 2019.
Before the widespread availability of electricity allowed Americans to cool food with the flip of a switch, they relied on iceboxes.
The threat of chronic wasting disease to Wisconsin's booming whitetail deer herd is motivating efforts to track and research its spread, but this deadly ailment also imperils efforts to reintroduce wild elk to the state.
In 1989, a long simmering conflict over American Indian treaty rights helped prompt a landmark educational law in Wisconsin.
Large livestock and poultry farms generate complaints for the stenches they can produce. But do any stink more than the others?
Wisconsin scientists are hopeful that a raccoon virus may help deliver North America's hibernating bats from potential extinction.
How can all of the state's tiny, elusive nocturnal flyers be counted? That's not possible. But the downward spiral of several bat species in Wisconsin can be tracked through the work of passionate conservation professionals, specialized technology and, crucially, legions of enthusiastic volunteers.
A handful of North American bat species that were once common in Wisconsin are possibly heading toward extinction, or at least disappearance from the state.
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How can livestock odors be measured and quantified in a systematic and fair way? Is it even possible to break down an odor into its component parts, or to identify an acceptable odor threshold? It turns out these questions are the subject of rigorous scientific research.