research http://wkar.org en New study: Sleep may activate brain's 'cleaning crew' http://wkar.org/post/new-study-sleep-may-activate-brains-cleaning-crew <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Why do we sleep? Some new research indicates that sleep may actually be what enables the brain’s cleaning crew to keep things chemically tidy in there. A Danish study, published this fall in the journal <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6156/373">Science</a>, has implications both for our daily mental well-being and possibly for longer-term concerns like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:44:32 +0000 Current State 48502 at http://wkar.org New study: Sleep may activate brain's 'cleaning crew' Are academic journals for hire? http://wkar.org/post/are-academic-journals-hire <p></p><p></p><p>The role of the academic journal in advancing research findings is changing rapidly. A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/health/for-scientists-an-exploding-world-of-pseudo-academia.html?_r=1&amp;">New York Times</a> article earlier this year looked at the problem of pseudo-academic journals which had names similar to well-established ones, and which charged hefty fees for publication. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:56:08 +0000 Current State 46798 at http://wkar.org Are academic journals for hire? At MSU, it's goodbye NY minute, hello femtosecond http://wkar.org/post/msu-its-goodbye-ny-minute-hello-femtosecond <p></p><p>The self-destruction of the comet ISON captured the public imagination last week, as it passed between our planet and the sun.&nbsp; The mystery of outer space has enthralled humanity for centuries.&nbsp; Now, Michigan State University is taking a giant leap into inner space. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:56:17 +0000 Current State 46182 at http://wkar.org At MSU, it's goodbye NY minute, hello femtosecond Tighter NIH budget threatens pace of biomedical research http://wkar.org/post/tighter-nih-budget-threatens-pace-biomedical-research <p></p><p>Among the many federal government agencies and programs affected by the across the board spends cuts known as the sequestration, which took effect last March, is the <a href="http://www.nih.gov/">National Institutes of Health</a>. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:28:10 +0000 Current State 45532 at http://wkar.org Tighter NIH budget threatens pace of biomedical research MSU to study viability of 'perennial grains' in Africa http://wkar.org/post/msu-study-viability-perennial-grains-africa <p></p><p></p><p>Hunger and malnourishment have plagued parts of Africa for generations. And nearly as long as the problem has existed, scientists have been looking for solutions to the vexing complexities surrounding mass hunger. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:45:21 +0000 Current State 45465 at http://wkar.org MSU to study viability of 'perennial grains' in Africa MSU lab examines literature's effects on the brain http://wkar.org/post/msu-lab-examines-literatures-effects-brain <p><a href="http://dhlc.cal.msu.edu/people/natalie-phillips/" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Dr. Natalie Phillips</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">, the co-director and lead faculty for Literary Neuroscience and History of Mind at the </span><a href="http://dhlc.cal.msu.edu/" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">, i</span><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">ntegrates the humanities and sciences in</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"> her </span><a href="http://dhlc.cal.msu.edu/files/7813/5172/8864/Phillips-DistractionAsLivelinessOfMind.pdf" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">research</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; line-height: 1.15;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; line-height: 1.15;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d33e268-e0ac-c594-6049-e0ee0b852f71"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: rgb(253, 253, 252); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Through literature and brain scans, she analyzes the developmental impact of reading on complex processes in the brain.&nbsp;Dr. Phillips</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> joins us to discuss her research and findings.</span></span></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><div> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:39:21 +0000 Current State 44139 at http://wkar.org MSU lab examines literature's effects on the brain Evidence of sequestration effects appears in MSU research labs http://wkar.org/post/evidence-sequestration-effects-appears-msu-research-labs <p></p><p>Last March, the federal government enacted an $85 billion spending cut known as the "sequester."&nbsp; It's taken some time to assess the effects of these cuts, but as the federal fiscal year comes to a close on September 30, new budgets are reflecting spending decreases.</p><p>The cuts are having an effect on scientific research.&nbsp; Reports have documented laboratory closings and layoffs, and one significant study showed one-fifth of U.S. scientists have contemplated moving overseas because of the decline in funding.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:46:26 +0000 Current State 41999 at http://wkar.org Evidence of sequestration effects appears in MSU research labs MSU studying ways to keep astronauts fit in deep space http://wkar.org/post/msu-studying-ways-keep-astronauts-fit-deep-space <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the coming decades, if <a href="http://nasa.gov">NASA</a> has its way, the long, harrowing trip to Mars will be more than just a bad Hollywood movie directed by the likes of Michael Bay.</span></p><p>The space agency has said it plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet by the early 2030's. &nbsp;While 20 years is a long way off, NASA has already begun the planning and research, and MSU scientists are part of these early stages.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:48:21 +0000 Current State 37189 at http://wkar.org MSU studying ways to keep astronauts fit in deep space Measuring Great Lakes water quality today and a century ago http://wkar.org/post/measuring-great-lakes-water-quality-today-and-century-ago <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been 100 years since the International Joint Commission conducted a Great Lakes-wide bacteriological study. &nbsp;Scientists are now looking to recreate the 1913 research; the 100 years study</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will assess how water quality in the Basin has changed over time. </span></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:31:13 +0000 Current State 33286 at http://wkar.org Measuring Great Lakes water quality today and a century ago Stepdancer Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, sexual identity and culture http://wkar.org/post/stepdancer-nic-gareiss-percussive-dance-sexual-identity-and-culture <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nicgareiss.com/Welcome.html">Nic&nbsp;Gareiss</a> has performed traditional Irish dance and the dances of its Diaspora around the world. But for Nic, his performances are not just visual expressions, but audible ones. He understands the body in motion as a form of music.</p><p>Nic holds degrees in both anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his Masters' in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick in Ireland. &nbsp;</p><p>Nic discusses his research interests including percussive dances, cultural identity in relation to traditional dance and music, and sexual identity within traditional dance.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:33:50 +0000 Current State 33047 at http://wkar.org Stepdancer Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, sexual identity and culture As Great Lakes show, plastic pollution not just an oceanic problem http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-show-plastic-pollution-not-just-oceanic-problem <p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:50:34 +0000 Current State 32922 at http://wkar.org As Great Lakes show, plastic pollution not just an oceanic problem Females and Younger Athletes Take Longer to Recover From Concussions http://wkar.org/post/females-and-younger-athletes-take-longer-recover-concussions <p>It isn&#39;t only football and hockey players who suffer from concussions.&nbsp; Any athlete is at risk, including females.&nbsp;&nbsp; Studies show girls are reporting nearly twice as many concussions as boys in sports played by both.&nbsp; Now, new research out of Michigan State University shows that females and younger athletes who suffered concussions took longer to recover than males and older athletes. Wed, 16 May 2012 03:30:30 +0000 Gretchen Millich 17389 at http://wkar.org Females and Younger Athletes Take Longer to Recover From Concussions