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Study Finds How Plants are Damaged by Extreme Sunlight

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Robert Last

Scientists have an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mechanisms that ensure efficient photosynthesis under laboratory-controlled light conditions. But less is known about the regulation of photosynthesis when plants experience…

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MSU’s Jain Creates ‘Spoof’ Finger to Test Security

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Do you know how safe it is to use your finger as a security login? And have you wondered how your cell phone knows if your finger is…

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$10M DOE Grant to Help Boost Camelina OIlseed Yield

Thursday, September 14, 2017
MSU's Danny Schnell works on the seed-oil based Camelina plant, and is seen here with research associates Emily Pawlowski (left) and Bibin Paulose.

Both civil airlines and the military have successfully used camelina oil blends to fly airplanes. Camelina is not a significant food crop. So why doesn’t the oilseed plant…

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For Worriers, Expressive Writing May Help Cool Brain

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hans Schroder and brain cap

Chronic worriers, take note: Simply writing about your feelings may help you perform an upcoming stressful task more efficiently, finds a Michigan State University study that measured participants’…

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Fighting the Protective Barriers of Bacteria

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Meng-Lun Hsieh

One of the challenges in treating infectious bacteria is finding agents that can penetrate the protective barriers, also known as biofilms, that the organisms develop. Biofilms are layers…

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Crystal Structure Shows Electrons, Unusual Enzyme

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hausinger and Hu

Michigan State University have combined structural biology and enzymatic approaches to clarify the catalytic mechanism of an unusual enzyme. “We now have a crystal structure that allows us…

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Eleven New Studies Suggest ‘Power Poses’ Don’t Work

Monday, September 11, 2017
Joseph Cesario

The claim that holding a “power pose” can improve your life became wildly popular several years ago, fueling the second most-watched TED talk ever but also casting doubts…

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MSU to Improve Search-and-Rescue with Robots, Humans

Monday, September 11, 2017
robot

Equipped with a $750,000 grant, MSU researchers hope to save more lives with more efficient underwater search-and-rescue missions through the joint efforts of humans and robots. The National…

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MSU Among Eight Universities in New Autonomous Vehicle Competition

Friday, September 8, 2017
AutoDrive Challenge teams will use a Chevrolet Bolt EV as the platform for their autonomous vehicles.

Michigan State University is among eight North American universities selected for the upcoming AutoDrive Challenge – a new autonomous vehicle design competition to develop and demonstrate a fully…

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MSU Study: Poor Sense of Smell Predictor of Parkinson’s

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Honglei Chen

A new study provides further evidence that a simple “smelling” test could predict Parkinson’s disease even earlier than previously thought. According to Michigan State University researcher Honglei Chen,…

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