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Earth Sciences Group Taps MSU’s Dorfman for National Lecture Series

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Susannah Dorfman

Susannah Dorfman, MSU geoscientist, has been named a Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences (COMPRES) Distinguished Lecturer for the 2017/18 academic year. Established in 2008, the…

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MSU Researcher Finds Bees’ Enemy Has Genetic Weakness

Monday, August 14, 2017
Varroa mites on bees

Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Michigan State University scientists have found genetic holes in…

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Puzzling Pockets of Rock Deep in Earth’s Mantle

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
diagram of Earth's core

Michigan State University and Arizona State University geoscientists have used computer modeling to find an explanation for how pockets of mushy rock have accumulated at the boundary between…

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MSU Part of International Physics Experiment

Monday, July 24, 2017
Dignitaries, scientists, engineers and others from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Sanford Underground Research Facility and their partners around the world broke ground – nearly a mile under the earth – on a massive global physics experiment.

A simultaneous groundbreaking ceremony for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility took place at Sanford Lab in South Dakota and at Fermilab in Illinois recently marked the beginning of a…

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New Techniques Pinpoint Evolution of Wheat Fungi

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Fungi

Michigan State University and Yale University scientists have illuminated a successful new strategy for pinpointing fungi genes responsible for the evolution of certain biological processes. The results appear in…

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MSU’s Boughman Gets Fulbright for Iceland Studies

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Iceland

Janette Boughman, a Michigan State University integrative biologist, has been named a 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar in recognition of her research in Iceland on the adaptation of stickleback fish…

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Recreating Interstellar Ions with Lasers

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Marcos Dantus

Trihydrogen, or H3+, has been called the molecule that made the universe, where it plays a greater role in astrochemistry than any other molecule. While H3+ is astronomically…

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Evolutionary Link Found Between Fish, Vertebrates

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Zebrafish

New research published in the Journal of Experimental Zoology (JEZB) and in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology (CBP) reveals the evolutionary link between fish and other vertebrate animals. Ingo…

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Research Offers New Clues to Rare Genetic Disease

Monday, July 3, 2017
Jeff MacKeigan

Tuberous sclerosis complex, or TSC, is considered a rare genetic disease, yet for the estimated 50,000 patients in the United States and almost 2 million individuals worldwide, dealing…

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MSU’s Hamann Aims to Build More Efficient Solar Power Cells

Monday, June 26, 2017
Thomas W. Hamann with solar panels

Unless you have unlimited funds, finding solar power that is affordable and highly efficient is largely out of reach. A Michigan State University chemist is hoping to change…

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