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MSU Contributes to Merging Neutron Star Discovery

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Michigan State University contributed to this week’s blockbuster science story – the observation of merging neutron stars, which made headlines around the globe. Courtesy of MSU

Michigan State University contributed to this week’s blockbuster science story – the observation of merging neutron stars, which made headlines around the globe. The collision of neutron stars…

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MSU Gets NSF Grant to Study How Undergrads Learn Science

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Cooper, Long, Stoltzfus and Schwarz

Undergraduate science students at Michigan State University are being asked questions about antibiotic resistance and other phenomena that require them to look below the surface, connect concepts across…

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Stopping Invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Brown marmorated stink bug

In 1998, residents of Allentown, Pennsylvania, began to notice an unfamiliar insect lurking in the shadows of their homes and gardens. Though it bore a passing resemblance to…

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Organisms in Small Groups May Evolve More Efficiently

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Chris Adami

We’ve all heard Darwin’s theory described as favoring the fittest, but new research from Michigan State University shows that, at least in small populations, it’s ok to not…

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NSF Awards $1.75M for MSU Fungal-Plant Research

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Pure culture isolates of Mortierella, a species of the Mucoromycota lineage, in soilless media.

A team of Michigan State University researchers, including synthetic biologist Bjoern Hamberger, is investigating an ancient lineage of fungi called Mucoromycota that have been found beneficial for plants. The project aims…

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MSU’s Lund New Head of U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Friday, October 13, 2017
Steven Lund

Professor Steven Lund of Michigan State University has been named the new director of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS). His four-year renewable term begins on Dec. 1….

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Geckos, Anoles Evolved Sticky Feet In Different Ways

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Travis Hagey holding an anole

Travis Hagey, Michigan State University evolutionary biologist, shows how different groups of lizards – geckos and anoles – took two completely different evolutionary paths to developing the beneficial…

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NASA Grant Supports Study of Great Lakes Basin

Monday, October 2, 2017
Dave Hyndman, professor and chair of the Departmment of Earth and Environmental Sciences (foreground), and Anthony Kendall, a research associate in Hyndman's Hydrogeology Lab, get ready to download data from a monitoring site in Whiskey Harbor, a bay connected to Lake Huron located near Port Hope, Mich., in Huron County. Photo courtesy MSU Hydrogeology Lab.

The impact of global change and land-use legacies on fresh water systems in the Great Lakes is the focus of a three-year, $1.5 million National Aeronautics and Space…

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MSU Astrophysicist Grete Wins International Dissertation Award

Monday, October 2, 2017
Philipp Grete

Philipp Grete, a Michigan State University research associate in computational astrophysics, is this year’s sole recipient of the German Astronomical Society’s (AG) most outstanding dissertation in astronomy and…

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$1.1M DOE Grant to Improve Switchgrass for Biofuel

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
David Lowry, assistant professor of plant biology, poses next to a switchgrass plant on Tuesday July 18, 2017.

Just as sequencing the human genome has netted major health and medical benefits, switchgrass genomics will pay dividends through the development of advanced liquid biofuels. Researchers at Michigan…

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