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MSU Exploring Mints’ Health, Food Benefits

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
mint

Michigan State University has netted a $5.1 million National Science Foundation grant to explore the diverse world of mints. Mints, or Lamiaceae, is the world’s sixth-largest family of…

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New 3-D Model Could Solve Supernova Mystery

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Giant stars die a violent death. After a life of several million years, they collapse into themselves and then explode in what is known as a supernova. How…

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Exploring Evolution in Electric Fish

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
fish

Michigan State University is using a $700,000 National Science Foundation grant to study how electric fish signals evolve, research that could offer insights into the evolution of new…

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MSU Professor Named Ecological Society of America Fellow

Friday, July 10, 2015
Foamy water on a beach

Gary Mittelbach, MSU professor of integrative biology, has been named a 2015 fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Mittelbach, who works at MSU’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station,…

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Nonprotein Found Essential to Several Enzymes

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Colorful beakers in lab setting

While examining the chemical reactions of bacterial cells in a lab at Michigan State University, researchers discovered a link between the field of inorganic chemistry and that of the…

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Supernovas, Black Holes Curb Star Formation

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
supermassive black hole

Supernovas – explosions that mark the end of a star’s life – work hand-in-hand with supermassive black holes to sweep out gas and shut down galaxies’ star-forming factories. Recent research,…

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DeYoung Pioneers Computational Neutrino Models

Friday, May 15, 2015

Associate Professor Tyce DeYoung, Department of Physics and Astronomy, conducts research in particle astrophysics – the observation of high energy particles from space, with the twin goals of…

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Cukier Develops Molecular Dynamics Code to Explore Complex Proteins

Monday, May 4, 2015

Chemistry Professor Robert Cukier uses Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics to create theories of and carry out simulations on electron (ET), proton (PT) and proton-coupled electron (PCET) transfer, proton…

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International Team Discovers Elusive New Bird in China

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Michigan State University professor was part of an international team of scientists that has discovered a new bird in China. The new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler,…

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Greasing Photosynthesis and Making Fuels

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Christoph Benning, MSU Foundation Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, is one of the world’s foremost experts in plant lipid metabolism. His work could ultimately lead to plant…

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