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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.

$10M DOE Grant to Help Boost Camelina OIlseed Yield

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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…

Hans Schroder and brain cap

For Worriers, Expressive Writing May Help Cool Brain

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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’…

Meng-Lun Hsieh

Fighting the Protective Barriers of Bacteria

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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…

Hausinger and Hu

Crystal Structure Shows Electrons, Unusual Enzyme

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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…

Joseph Cesario

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

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…

robot

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

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…