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Reading Between the Diamonds

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Close up image of diamond

MSU scientists expand deep carbon story. The high temperatures and pressures of the Earth’s mantle forge carbon-rich minerals known as carbonates into diamond. But less is known about…

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Septic Science is Key to Cleaner Water

Friday, January 15, 2021
View of a waters edge from the water point of view.

There are an estimated 1.3 million septic systems in Michigan state and at least 10 percent of them are failing, leaking contaminants into Michigan’s ground and surface waters,…

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MSU Researchers Discover ‘Missing’ Piece Of Hawaii’s Formation

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Hawaiian Islands with graphic of mantle underneath

An oceanic plateau has been observed for the first time in Earth’s lower mantle, 800 kilometers deep underneath Eastern Siberia, pushing Hawaii’s birthplace back to 100 million years, says a Michigan State University geophysicist. The discovery came…

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Study Finds Small Streams Have Big Impacts On Great Lakes

Thursday, October 29, 2020
River tributary with trees on both sides

Excessive nutrient inputs from tributary streams and rivers contribute to harmful algal blooms and coastal ecosystem degradation worldwide. However, the role that small tributaries play in coastal nutrient…

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Putting MSU On The “Geopath” To Diversity In The Earth Sciences

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Image of Tourists taking in Gros Morne Park, Newfoundland, Canada where geoscientist Matt Schrenk conducts research.

With support from a two-year, $250,000 National Science Foundation GeoPAths grant, Matt Schrenk, assistant professor, and Julie Libarkin, professor, both from MSU’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) in the College of Natural…

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Mitchell Awarded Five-Year, $2.5 Million Grant to Develop Risk Assessment Training Program

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Microbes

Jade Mitchell, associate professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) will lead a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes…

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Mapping A Greener Future On Farms With Precision Technology

Thursday, October 8, 2020
soybean and corn fields

When it comes to farming, becoming more sustainable can also mean becoming more profitable. So it’s only natural that farmers would look to Spartans for help going —…

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Three NatSci Faculty Members Receive NSF Early Career Awards

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
College of Natural Science

Three Michigan State University College of Natural Science, or NatSci, researchers are recipients of 2020 National Science Foundation, or NSF, Early CAREER Faculty Awards. The CAREER Award is one of…

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The Zillow App of Agricultural Regeneration

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Corn field

We can check the price of a home from a mobile app, but what if that technology could be used to shop for agricultural land — and simultaneously improve…

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Digital Agriculture Paves the Road to Agricultural Sustainability

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Aerial picture of crop land.

In a study published in Nature Sustainability, an ecosystem scientist and an agricultural economist outline how to develop a more sustainable land management system through data collection and…

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