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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois professor sinks his teeth into research

Take a moment and picture in your mind a college biology laboratory… Did you envision a crossbow shooting arrows into ballistics gelatin? Probably not. However, that was the recent setup for Philip Anderson, assistant professor of animal biology at the University of Illinois. Anderson — along with researchers Jeffrey LaCosse from Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, N.C., and Mark Pankow of North Carolina State University — studied how various creatures in the wild use their fangs, claws, tentacles and other appendages to puncture animals and materials for food and survival. The subject matter may seem bizarre to the

BTN LiveBIG: Wisconsin’s Biotron is a lab for all seasons

Where can you go from icy tundra to a warm equatorial climate just by going down the hall? Where can you experience the inky darkness of a moonless night and near-blinding light of day in a span of seconds, yet never leave the confines of a building? If you’re on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, the answer is the Biotron. “We replicate conditions from as far around the globe as possible,” said Dr. Hannah Carey, Biotron director. “Our labs can go from as dry as a desert to as humid as a moist tropical fog. We have acclimatized