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Paying Citizens to Protect Nearby Environment May Help

Friday, January 29, 2016
panda

Conserving wildlife habitat sounds noble, but when it comes down to work or sacrifice, cold hard cash – a decent amount of it – goes a long way….

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New Finding Shows Males Can Drive Creation of New Species

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
fish

Evolutionary biologists often debate on whether sexual selection can lead to new species. Most studies have focused on natural selection or, for the few studies that considered sexual…

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Genetics Could Make Feeding Dairy Cows More Efficient

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Michael VandeHaar

As the eighth largest dairy-producing state in the country*, Michigan is home to more than 400,000 dairy cows spread across farms with herds numbering less than 100 up…

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Larger (Relative) Brains = Higher IQ

Monday, January 25, 2016

Why do humans and dolphins evolve large brains relative to the size of their bodies while blue whales and hippos have brains that are relatively puny? While there…

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International Team of Scientists Find New Bird Species

Thursday, January 21, 2016
himalayan-forest-thrush

A new species of bird has been discovered in northeastern India and adjacent parts of China by a team of scientists from Sweden, China, the U.S., India and…

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Regrowing Bone to Heal Fractures

Monday, January 18, 2016

The risk of fracturing a bone is high whether on a sports field or battlefield. Kurt Hankenson, a Michigan State University veterinary scientist and expert in bone regeneration,…

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MSU Animal Ag Scientists Awarded $600k for Research

Monday, December 28, 2015
cows

Fifteen Michigan State University (MSU) researchers and Extension specialists have received more than $600,000 in grants to be used to help advance the state’s animal agriculture industry. The…

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Decline of Wild Bees Threatens U.S. Crops

Monday, December 21, 2015

The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most-important farmlands. If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new…

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The Birds of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Turtle Dove

Ever wondered about all the birds mentioned in the holiday standard, “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” Michigan State University’s Pamela Rasmussen, integrative biologist and coordinator of MSU’s global bird…

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MSU Leads the World’s Efforts to Prevent Food Fraud

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Donkey

Michigan State University has not only defined the term “food fraud,” but the university also is helping the United States and other countries establish the strategies to fight…

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