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Workplace Negativity Can Hurt Productivity

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, but could be hurting themselves in the process. Such negative-minded workers are more likely to…

Combine plowing soybean field

Worldwide, the Nitrogen Cycle is Off

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes – the plants they normally serve. These…

The Faciloscope’s Goal: Everything in Moderation

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Have you ever participated in a vibrant online discussion, only to see it hijacked by a user or users bent on going off issue, venting, and/or name-calling? Well,…

Professor Amos Ziegler with his cell phone and app for tracking invasive species

Tracking Invasives? There’s an App for That

Friday, February 20, 2015

Invasive species will have a tougher time sneaking around undetected, thanks to an app developed by Michigan State University. Midwestern residents can now snap photos with their smart…

A couple stroll through Beal Garden during an autumn rain.

‘Mr. Right Now’ Better than Waiting for ‘Mr. Right’

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Evolutionary researchers have determined that settling for “Mr. Okay” is a better evolutionary strategy than waiting for “Mr. Perfect.” When studying the evolution of risk aversion Michigan State…

computers and wires

Poor Decision-Making Can Lead to Cybersecurity Breaches

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Recent high-profile security breaches, such as those at Target, Anthem Inc. and Sony Pictures, have attracted scrutiny to how the seemingly minor decisions of individuals can have major…