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Large Hydropower Dams ‘Not Sustainable’ in the Developing World

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Dam

It’s hard to beat hydropower from dams, a renewable source of electricity that helped build much of the developed world. Yet five scientists from Michigan State University say…

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Soil Holds the Secret to Mitigating Climate Change

Monday, September 17, 2018
Soil

Food production doesn’t have to be a victim of climate change. New research from Michigan State University suggests that crop yields and the global food supply chain can…

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Climate Change Should Help Midwest Corn Production through 2050

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Cornfield Sunset

Climate change and global warming put some forms of life at risk, but researchers found one instance that might not feel the heat – corn. Contrary to previous…

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Eleven MSU Researchers Receive CAREER Awards for 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
NSF Career Awardees Headshots

Eleven Michigan State University scientists are the recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Faculty Awards, seven of them women in the College of Natural Science. The…

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Mantle Minerals Offer Clues to Deep Earth’s Composition

Monday, April 2, 2018
Using a diamond anvil pressure cell and laser heating – to duplicate the mantle’s unimaginable pressure and heat – MSU scientists have a better idea what minerals comprise the mantle. Courtesy of MSU

Scientists now have a clearer picture of the Earth’s mantle, thanks to Michigan State University research published in the current issue of Nature Communications. The biggest challenge of…

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MSU’s Dorfman Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Susannah Dorfman

Susannah Dorfman, assistant professor of experimental mineralogy in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Michigan State University, received $599,948 from NSF’s Division of Earth Sciences for a…

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Digital Agriculture: Enhancing Sustainability of Agricultural Systems

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bruno Basso, MSU Foundation Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, explains the importance of precision agriculture, and how digital mapping can help increase sustainability in crop production….

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USDA Grant to Improve Agricultural Use of Water, Energy

Thursday, January 18, 2018
David Hyndman

Around the world, irrigated agriculture is the largest consumer of water and one of the largest users of energy. Michigan State University scientists are leading a $2.5 million…

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Streams ‘Sense’ Changes in Land Use, Indicate Health of Areas

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
“The manipulation of phosphorous and nitrogen in the landscape is one of the greatest threats to the fate of humanity and the rest of life on this planet,” said Jay Zarnetske, MSU earth and environmental scientist. Courtesy of MSU

Scientists at Michigan State University have shown that streams can be key health indicators of a region’s landscape, but the way they’re being monitored can be improved. New…

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New MSU Map Initiative to Guide Irrigation Decisions

Friday, October 20, 2017
Republican River Basin, rising in the High Plains of eastern Colorado and flowing east 453 miles (729 km)[4] through the U.S. states of Nebraska and Kansas

Irrigated agriculture is the largest consumer of freshwater globally, but precise records and maps of when and where water is applied by farmers are difficult to locate. Now…

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