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Stress Tested: How Algae Change their Internal Solar Panels to Stay Alive

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Storm

A collaboration between the Benning and Kramer labs is revealing how nature’s solar panels, found inside algae, constantly grow and shrink in size to adjust to changes in their environments, a crucial…

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MSU Studying Ways to Improve Dams

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Daniel Kramer and iaguo Qi

Michigan State University researchers, equipped with $3 million from NASA, will investigate innovative methods to improve dams so that they are less harmful to people and the environment. Focusing…

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MSU’s Wagner Uses ‘Smell’ to Stop Sea Lamprey Invasion

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Sea Lamprey

Michael Wagner, MSU AgBioResearch fish ecologist, has been studying sea lamprey in the Great Lakes for over 13 years. Native to the coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean…

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USDA Grant to Improve Agricultural Use of Water, Energy

Thursday, January 18, 2018
David Hyndman

Around the world, irrigated agriculture is the largest consumer of water and one of the largest users of energy. Michigan State University scientists are leading a $2.5 million…

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Rare Molecules Reveal Planetary Tug-of-War

Friday, January 12, 2018
Nathaniel Ostrom

Laurence Yeung, scientist at Rice University, and colleagues at Rice, Michigan State University, UCLA and the University of New Mexico counted rare molecules in the atmosphere that contain…

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MSU’s Zipkin Takes Key Role in Large-Scale Seabird Study

Friday, January 5, 2018
With a length of 35 to 45 inches, the Magnificent Frigatebird is the largest species of frigatebird. It occurs over tropical and subtropical waters off America, between northern Mexico and Ecuador on the Pacific coast, and between Florida and southern Brazil along the Atlantic coast. Photo courtesy of Elise Zipkin.

Flying 200 feet above the oceanic waters of the Gulf of Mexico, scientific observers peer out a small plane’s windows in search of seabirds. Sometimes they see a…

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Streams ‘Sense’ Changes in Land Use, Indicate Health of Areas

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
“The manipulation of phosphorous and nitrogen in the landscape is one of the greatest threats to the fate of humanity and the rest of life on this planet,” said Jay Zarnetske, MSU earth and environmental scientist. Courtesy of MSU

Scientists at Michigan State University have shown that streams can be key health indicators of a region’s landscape, but the way they’re being monitored can be improved. New…

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MSU Students Win Silver Medal at Synthetic Biology Competition

Thursday, December 21, 2017
The Shewlock Holmes team, from left to right: Ciara Fromwiller, Serenity Tyll, Cody Madsen, Michaela TerAvest, Danny Ducat, Noelia Bravo, Brian Amburn, Donna Liebelt (advisor). Not included: Bjoern Hamberger, Tim Whitehead. By Shewlock Homes.

MSU’s second-ever iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) student team won a Silver Medal at the 2017 competition in Boston. The team was made up of seven students from Chemical Engineering,…

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New Discovery from Michigan’s First, Full Bee Census

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The first complete bee census, led by Michigan State University scientists, confirmed a new species and revealed that the actual number of bee species in Michigan exceeded earlier…

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Great Lakes Biodiversity Book by MSU’s Knight Center Director Published

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Eric Freedman

Knight Center director Eric Freedman and University of St. Thomas journalism professor Mark Neuzil have just published their new book Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Management in the Great…

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