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MSU Nets $1.1M in New DOE Grants

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $1.1 million in grants to four Michigan State University faculty members. The four grants come from the DOE Offices of High…

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New Discovery of a Photobase so Strong, it Merits Moniker of ‘Super’

Monday, September 17, 2018
dantus team

The power of the sun is so incredible that it could fulfill the world’s energy needs in roughly 90 minutes. While plants have mastered photosynthesis, harnessing sunlight into…

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Blazing the Trail in Multimessenger Astrophysics

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Ice Cube Observator

Michigan State University is blazing the trail in multimessenger astrophysics—a new area of science that the National Science Foundation is calling one of its ten “big ideas” for…

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DUNE Collaboration Completes Interim Design Report for Gigantic Particle Detectors

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
LBNF-DUNE Graphic showing mi and km

The more than 1,000 scientists and engineers from 32 countries working on the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE, hosted by the Department of Energy’s Fermilab, achieved…

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MSU Physicists Solve a Storied Problem

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Physics

Two “runners” are traveling around a track. They are running at different speeds. Eventually, they will get to opposite positions on the track. How do we get the…

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IceCube Neutrinos Point Toward Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator

Thursday, July 12, 2018

An international team of scientists, including a Michigan State University physicist, has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can…

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MSU Researcher Earns DOE Award

Friday, June 29, 2018
Jaideep Singh

An MSU researcher has received a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program award. Jaideep Singh, an MSU assistant professor of physics at the…

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Finding Antineutrino Oscillation

Monday, June 11, 2018
Nova

For more than three years, scientists on the NOvA collaboration have been observing particles called neutrinos as they oscillate from one type to another over a distance of…

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JINA-CEE Collaboration Detects an Unusually Fast-cooling Neutron Star

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Neutron star accreting matter from binary partner star

A JINA-CEE collaboration including MSU astrophysicist Edward Brown has found substantial evidence for a neutron star cooling mechanism called the “direct Urca process”, which has been predicted but never…

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MSU Researcher Explores the Limits of the Periodic Table

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Periodic Table

As the 150th anniversary of the formulation of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements looms, a Michigan State University professor probes the table’s limits in a recent Nature…

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