Would ethical opposition to the destruction of embryos bring the research to a halt?
Ancient civilizations are defined by their artifacts. troops finally started to trickle back from a long war in Vietnam.
If Madison were suddenly smothered by a Mount Vesuvius, or swallowed up by Lake Mendota like Atlantis, what would future archaeologists conclude about us? It was there to mark the beginning of the career of the city’s youngest mayor.
Newcomers to Madison on their first trip to a city park need only be told to meet by the big shoe.
It is probably fitting that this refuge is within roaring distance of the lions and tigers and elephants at Vilas Zoo. Which one will become a teacher, a triathlete, a police officer, the president?
Madison-based Cellular Dynamics, co-founded by Thomson, is selling vials of specialized stem cells worldwide. Since 1948, the winner of the most-played rivalry in college football’s top level has been awarded possession of the Paul Bunyan Axe, a prize that can bring 300-pound linemen to tears and make them act, well, silly.
Like the biography of a baby, the stem cell story might be just beginning to unfold. But unlike Thanksgiving turkey, snow and “stockings hung by the chimney with care,” it’s the gift nobody wants. Badgers and Golden Gophers have been spotted riding the Axe as if it were a horse.Many of them, like the Memorial Union Terrace chairs or state Capitol building, are pure Madison trademarks. The chairs go back into storage, with a promise they’ll return. And it’s impossible to picture Madison’s mayor of 17 years without his mustache.Others, like the brats we consume by the hundreds of thousands each year at the World's Largest Brat Fest, may not have been invented or even made here but have come to be so closely associated with Madison that they're in our blood. Soglin’s ’stache is as Madison as Soglin is, and no one has influenced the city’s personality in quite the way he has.To be sure, we don't all see these objects the same. Things start to change when signs of spring emerge. It represents the advocacy that put the city on the map as a place where liberal politics would always be welcomed, and where many still look to government to solve society’s problems.Rather, they provide a sort of Rorschach test in which our perceptions say more about us than what we're looking at. In Madison, chief among them is the metal sunburst chairs reassuming their position on the Union Terrace at UW-Madison in late April. Today, it softens a man who has spent enough time in city hall to know better than you — and he’ll let you know it.For example, few objects provoke as strong a reaction as the "blue fist" poster that was ubiquitous in parts of Madison during the 2011 protests against Gov. Love it or hate it, it's forever associated with Madison and its famous liberalism. The obelisk of concrete footballs outside Camp Randall is either an abomination or a towering representation of the University of Wisconsin's football dominance. In their oranges, greens and yellows, they color up the Terrace. * * *The Vilas Park shoe slide has been the go-to spot for romping children since the 1950s.