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Wildlife Trafficking and More Hinder Nations’ Sustainable Development

Monday, August 12, 2019
Face of a live snow leopard

Transnational environmental crime – wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, dumping hazardous waste and more – takes an estimated $91 to $259 billion bite out of the global economy and…

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Spartans Map Michigan’s Sand Dunes

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Home to the largest collection of freshwater coastal sand dunes in the world, Michigan is a favorite vacation spot for thousands of visitors each year. But until recently,…

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Fish Reveal Limb-Regeneration Secrets

Monday, July 29, 2019
Close up veiw of a gar fishes mouth, showing its teeth. With a blue sky in the background.

What can fish teach scientists about limb regeneration? Quite a bit, as it turns out. In the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Michigan…

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Conservation or Construction? Determining Waterbird Hotspots

Monday, July 29, 2019
A flock of birds in the sky with a red and yellow sunset in the background. In the left hand side of the picture there is a white barn and trees along the fence line.

Imagine your favorite beach filled with thousands of ducks and gulls. Now envision coming back a week later and finding condos being constructed on that spot. This many…

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MSU Entomologists Awarded $2.5 Million for Infectious Disease Study

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A team of scientists, including two from Michigan State University, has been awarded a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is aimed at…

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Sea Lampreys Drawn to Love Smell

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
sea lamprey on rocks

Some people are drawn to cologne; others are attracted to perfume. When it comes to sea lampreys, however, spermine smells like love. In new research led by Michigan…

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MSU Researchers Develop Phone App to Track Ticks

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
small tick on green branch

With school out, summer finally arriving and outdoor activities in full swing, Michigan State University is helping roll out a new app to increase your knowledge about ticks….

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Our Water Cycle Diagrams Give a False Sense of Water Security

Monday, July 1, 2019
Our water cycle diagrams give a false sense of water security

Pictures of the earth’s water cycle used in education and research throughout the world are in urgent need of updating to show the effects of human interference, according…

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Microbes May Act as Gatekeepers of Earth’s Deep Carbon

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Microbes may act as gatekeepers of Earth’s deep carbon

Two years ago, a team of scientists, including Michigan State University geomicrobiologist Matt Schrenk, visited Costa Rica’s subduction zone, where the ocean floor sinks beneath the continent and volcanoes…

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Team of MSU Scientists Tackling the PFAS Crisis

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are colloquially known as “forever chemicals” because they are so difficult to break down. They are found in water supplies wherever flame…

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