Maddie Burakoff, Pioneer Press

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Past articles by Maddie:

Explainer: Arctic blast sweeps US, bomb cyclone possible

Where is this winter weather coming from, and what’s in store for the coming days? → Read More

Fusion breakthrough is a milestone for climate, clean energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists announced Tuesday that they have for the first time produced more energy in a fusion reaction than was used to ignite it — a major breakthrough in the decad… → Read More

Fusion breakthrough is a milestone for climate, clean energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists announced Tuesday that they have for the first time produced more energy in a fusion reaction than was used to ignite it — a major breakthrough in the decades-long quest to harness the process that powers the sun. → Read More

Oldest DNA reveals life in Greenland 2 million years ago

Scientists discovered the oldest known DNA and used it to reveal what life was like 2 million years ago in the northern tip of Greenland. → Read More

You’re a winner: Listening in on ‘the call’ for the Nobel Prize

It’s usually a dream-of-a-lifetime call that only the special few get in private. But for American physicist John Clauser, who was awarded the Nobel for his work on quantum mechanics, it rang a lit… → Read More

Here's how you can support Waukesha after Christmas parade tragedy

"The healing needs to begin now,” Mayor Shawn Reilly said. → Read More

Your guide to the coronavirus variants, from alpha to lambda

The delta variant is sparking alarm across the world. How does it stack up to other strains? → Read More

Andrew Bird (Bienen ’95) talks Christmas album, holiday shows in Chicago

Andrew Bird knows there’s no place like home for the holidays. The indie artist, who grew up in the Chicago area, returns to town this December for his traditional series of Gezelligheid concerts at the Fourth Presbyterian Church. Bird (Bienen ’95) has made a name for himself through decades of genre-defying music that highlights his... → Read More

Best of the Decade: Cultural landmarks that defined the 2010s

This past decade marks the most volatile years of our lives: puberty. Over the past 10 years, we’ve experienced the embarrassment of middle school, the grind of high school and the absolute chaos of college. Every memory is sprinkled with good YA books, bad fantasy movies and questionable social media trends. Here’s a collection of... → Read More

Northwestern alum Adam Kantor combines food, theater with StoryCourse

Empty calories have no place at Adam Kantor’s table. Kantor (Communication ’08) is one of the co-founders of StoryCourse, which brings a new meaning to “dinner theater” by crafting elaborate, multi-course dining experiences that express real stories through food. So far, that’s included tracing one chef’s journey from Korea to New York City; crafting an... → Read More

NAISA hosts sixth annual Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration

As dawn broke on November 29, 1864 — while Northwestern University founder John Evans served as the governor of the Colorado territory — U.S. troops launched an attack on a Native American camp at Sand Creek. Under the direction of Col. John Chivington, the soldiers killed over 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho people, many of them... → Read More

NU staffer Val Buchanan connects beyond campus

Growing up, Val Buchanan didn’t feel like she really had a hometown. After bouncing around the country for family moves, college and career opportunities, Buchanan, 46, feels she’s partly from Michigan, Texas, Missouri, California and Massachusetts. Since she joined Northwestern’s staff in April 2016, though, Buchanan — or “Wildcat Val,” as she’s dubbed herself on... → Read More

The student band, which released its first two singles this summer, hopes to bring its unique sound to the top of the charts

The Monthly On a rainy fall night, a warm candlelight flickers on the brick-lined walls as around 50 audience members fill the music hall at Evanston SPACE. The low buzz of conversation turns into cheers as the six members of Honey Butter trot onstage and station themselves among a slew of instruments: Sam Wolsk on... → Read More

Fifty Years After Stonewall, a Look at the Struggles and Celebrations of LGBTQ Americans

New show opens at the Smithsonian on the heroes and history of LGBTQ and activism → Read More

Decoding the Mathematical Secrets of Plants’ Stunning Leaf Patterns

A Japanese shrub’s unique foliage arrangement leads botanists to rethink plant growth models → Read More

Plankton Haven’t Been the Same Since the Industrial Revolution

Changes in plankton populations over the past centuries correlate with rising sea temperatures → Read More

One Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Threatening Human Communities Around the World, U.N. Report Warns

A global assessment compiled by hundreds of scientists found that humans are inflicting staggering damage on the world’s biodiversity → Read More

Fishes Were Julie Packard’s Wishes for Her New Smithsonian Portrait

National Portrait Gallery unveils a painting honoring the renowned ocean conservationist and director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium → Read More

NASA's Study of Astronaut Twins Creates a Portrait of What a Year in Space Does to the Human Body

Wide-ranging research compares astronaut Scott Kelly to his earthbound twin brother, Mark → Read More

The Daily Northwestern’s relationship with Northwestern University

In this series, Daily staff members hope to provide more transparency about how we operate. If you would like to submit a question to be answered here, please send an email to It’s a common misconception that, as a student group, The Daily gets money from Northwestern to run our paper or is overseen... → Read More