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Additives to Biodegrade Plastics Don’t Work

Friday, March 20, 2015

Recycling plastic works; additives to biodegrade plastic do not. A new study from Michigan State University shows that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene (i.e., plastic…

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Spreading the Seeds of Big Data

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Michigan State University is spreading the seeds of big data to improve agricultural practices around the United States. Through a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of…

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MSU Leads $7 Million Effort to Improve Science Teaching

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Michigan State University professor created a successful model for teaching middle- and high-school students about carbon cycling, the primary driver of climate change. Now, Charles W. “Andy”…

Child in crib being treated for malaria

Discovery Will Lead to Life Saving Treatments for Pediatric Malaria

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Child Health Day, Oct. 5, 2015   Malaria kills a child every minute. While medical researchers have successfully developed effective drugs to kill the malaria parasite, efforts to…

Self-Powered Sensors Warn of Bridge, Building Defects

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Imagine a bridge or a dam that could sense a structural defect before it happens, diagnose what the problem will be and alert the authorities before something bad…

Randy Olson teaching at MIT

Grad Student Conversations: Q & A with Randy Olson, Data ‘Genius’

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Randy Olson is a doctoral candidate and a dual major in Computer Science and Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology and Behavior at MSU’s College of Natural Science. He has…