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Quote of the Day:

“I’d rather learn about science directly from the people who are doing the work than reading, watching YouTube or something like that.”

--Tom Solberg, a retired policy analyst who was checking out the IceCube telescope at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Our cover story this week is an invigorating story by Pat Schneider on the UW’s science outreach programs, aimed at showing everyday people the value of scientific research. Check it out, along with a sidebar on the Wisconsin Science Festival.

Some environmentalists want the DNR to bring the science and look into the ecological impact of the lucrative frac sand mining industry in Wisconsin, and have an online petition set up.

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Journalists need to do some research an invent some new expressions for “tied,” after yet another Marquette University Law School poll shows Mary Burke and Gov. Scott Walker in a “deadlocked,” “neck and neck,” “dead heat.” Suggestions welcome.

It feels like nothing will budge the numbers significantly between now and November. Will the news that Wisconsin is one of only three states rejecting a food-stamp increase largely paid for by the federal government make an impact. We’ll see.

And our lead editorial Wednesday pointed to all the donations companies like Gogebic Taconite have given on Walker’s behalf as putting the appearance of corruption on the state’s dealings.

Rob Thomas is the features editor and social media editor for the Capital Times, as well as its film critic. He joined the Cap Times in 1999 and has written about movies, music, food and books.