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MSU Researcher Earns Grant To Study Effects Of Droughts

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
field impacted by drought with no life

Michigan State University biologist Sarah Evans has received a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Environmental Biology to study the effect that droughts have on…

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When It Comes To Happiness What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
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How accurate was William Shakespeare when he said, “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”? Researchers from Michigan State University conducted…

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MSU’s Trail Leads Multi Funded Investigation Into Evolution Of Infectious Fungi

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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Fungi appeared on Earth around 1.5 billion years ago. Today, there may be as many as 5 million fungal species, and they are found everywhere, from the mushroom…

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NSF Funded Project Explores Plant Metabolism Links To Climate Change, Human Nutrition

Monday, July 13, 2020
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Michigan State University plant biologist Berkley Walker is part of a team of scientists that is using a 3-year, $1.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Molecular and Cellular…

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Study Shows Humans Are Optimists For Most Of Life

Monday, July 13, 2020
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Is middle age really the “golden age” when people are the most optimistic in life? Researchers from Michigan State University led the largest study of its kind to…

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Harnessing the Power of Biology Scientists Go the Distance in Electron Transfer Study

Monday, July 6, 2020

In one video, you see a dark, opaque surface, pulsating slowly. All of a sudden, a flash of light streaks across the surface with the intensity of a…

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Machine Learning Model Finds SARS CoV-2 Growing More Infectious

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Corona virus

A novel machine learning model developed by researchers at Michigan State University suggests that mutations to the SARS-CoV-2 genome have made the virus more infectious. The model, developed…

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Loving Your Neighborhood May Not Be About the Area Itself

Monday, June 29, 2020
birds eye view of neighborhood

How do you feel about your neighborhood now that you’ve been confined during a pandemic? A Michigan State University researcher conducted a study to quantify what makes people…

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MSU’s Cooper and McCusker Receive Royal Society of Chemistry Honors

Friday, June 26, 2020
The new entrance to the Chemistry building on Shaw Lane.

Melanie Cooper, Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education, and James K. McCusker, Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Chemistry, each received a prestigious award from the Royal Society of Chemistry,…

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MSU Scientists Pinpoint Proteins Supporting Role in Kennedy’s Disease

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Graphic depiction of Muscle BDNF, a novel potential therapeutic for Kennedy’s disease, rescues motor function through distinct actions on slow- versus fast-twitch muscles. Credit: Halievski.

As we open computers to connect with each other remotely, motor neurons in our spinal cord are opening synaptic pathways to connect with our muscles physically. We rarely…

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