12:11 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

“Dinosaur Train” host highlights MSU Science Festival

Dr. Scott Sampson speaks at events Friday and Saturday during the MSU Science Festival.
Credit Courtesy Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Dinosaurs are the focus of the PBS Kids show “Dinosaur Train”. The host is Scott Sampson of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Known as “Dr. Scott” on the show, Scott Sampson is coming to East Lansing for a couple of public events during the MSU Science Festival.

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Mondays at 5:30p
4:37 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Introducing 'Curious Crew' a new original series from WKAR

Rob Stephenson and members of the Curious Crew

New science show featuring local kids comes to mid-Michigan TV.

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Science & Technology
12:21 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

What's in a mosquito's meal plan?

Certain smells, humidity and amount of carbon dioxide given off by a person are some of the items mosquitoes look for when choosing a meal.
Credit Flickr - Macroscopic Solutions

As summer winds down and people try to make the most out of the beautiful Michigan environment, many may be fighting off nature’s age-old enemy: the mosquito. But what makes mosquitoes more attracted to some people than others? Many myths have circulated about the cause of this rather annoying phenomenon, but scientific research is also out there about what factors make mosquitoes swarm to certain people (Hint: It has to do with a lot more than blood).

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Science & Technology
1:07 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Ag Expo focuses on education, technology

The Michigan Ag Expo is held on the campus of Michigan State University and will host more than 200 exhibitors.
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Thousands of farmers from all over Michigan will take some time away from the fields next week to visit the Michigan State University campus for Ag Expo. Starting Tuesday, the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will be joined by MSU AgBioResearch scientists and MSU Extension educators to conduct education programs. And, farm equipment producers always bring the latest in farming technology to display.

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11:34 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year

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If you live in Michigan it seems like every summer is a time to complain about the mosquitoes being really bad this year, but how bad are they, really?

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12:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

MSU's rare corpse flower comes to life

Curator Frank Telewski (left) and Peter Carrington, assistant curator, await the stench of the soon-to-bloom corpse flower from Sumatra, Indonesia.
Credit WKAR/Marie Steinbock

The Michigan State University campus here in East Lansing is often described as one of the most beautiful in America.

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12:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Open Science movement challenges status quo

The Open Science movement attempts to break down barriers both inside the science community and with the general public.
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Studying the final frontier of space got a little bit easier this month. On May 5th, a group of scientists launched an online simulator that allows users to explore our galaxy in incredibly accurate detail in a span of billions years. But what’s the most innovative part of this new project? Anyone can use it whether you’re getting your doctorate in astrophysics or you’re just a curious websurfer.

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11:33 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Deadly piglet virus hits farms statewide, nationally

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus causes diarrhea in suckling piglets.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Pig farmers in Michigan and around the nation are losing piglets to a virus that is easily spread and almost always lethal to very young animals. So far, it’s killed over six million piglets.

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11:25 am
Mon May 5, 2014

MSU pushes potential Parkinson's drug to clinical trial

MSU physicist Lisa Lapidus (right) and graduate student Srabasti Acharya are part of a team researching the effects of laser radiation on a specific protein molecule. The molecule CLR-01 shows promise as a viable drug in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Huntington's and ALS.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan State University

Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s cost the U-S billions of dollars each year. Last year, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health found that in 2010, the cost of treating Alzheimer’s alone neared $215-billion.

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1:38 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Bionic eye helps Michigan man see again

The Argus II uses electical stimulation of the retina to reproduce an image that is captured by a video camera.
Credit Courtesy - Second Sight

Restoring sight to the blind and visually impaired has long been thought of as more in the realm of science fiction than actual science. But Roger Pontz of Reed City, Michigan would beg to differ. Diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease as a teenager, Pontz was almost completely blind until last January, when he became just the fourth person in the United States to have a device called the Argus II implanted.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Film captures human drama at the large Hadron Collider

A new documentary called “Particle Fever” will be screened by the East Lansing Film Society tomorrow night. It’s the story of the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs Boson. The East Lansing Film Society will screen “Particle Fever” tomorrow night at the Studio C! Theatres in Okemos.

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Science & Technology
11:56 am
Fri April 4, 2014

NPR's Krulwich cultivates the beauty in science

Krulwich's 7 p.m. talk is called 'Talking Science to Non-Scientists: Saddam Hussein’s Secret Octupus and Other Stories'.
Credit Flickr - Jared Kelly

The Michigan State University Science Festival continues through this weekend. A familiar voice will speak at Kellogg Center as part of the festival: Robert Krulwich. Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with him earlier this week.

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12:42 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble'

The exhibit runs through Sept. 21 in the MSU Museum's Art-Science-Creativity Gallery.
Credit Flickr - Alexandra MacKenzie

A new exhibit at the MSU Museum focuses on the plight of turtles around the world. “Turtles in Trouble” is meant to boost awareness of the impact humans have on turtles populations worldwide.

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Science & Technology
1:42 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

For Golden Anniversary, Abrams reassembles original star projector

Courtesy of John French

This year MSU’s Abrams Planetarium is celebrating 50 years. To mark the milestone the Planetarium's original star projector is being resembled by one of the original staffers. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with John Hare, who worked at Abrams nearly 50 years ago.

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Science & Technology
12:59 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

MSU breaks ground on historic FRIB project

Site preparation for the FRIB project.
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This is a big day at Michigan State University for one of the biggest projects in mid-Michigan. A host of dignitaries are formally breaking ground at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, commonly known as FRIB.

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Science & Technology
12:12 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

NASA project detects 715 new planets

Kepler's Supernova is named for 17th century German astronomer Johannes Kepler. The deep space telescope named for him recently discovered 715 new planets.
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Last week, NASA announced its latest findings from the Kepler mission.  Kepler is a space telescope that was launched in 2009 to look for habitable planets.  Current State’s Emanuele Berry sat down with Michigan State University astronomer Megan Danahue to learn more.

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Science & Technology
12:33 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Survey finds Americans' interest in science remains strong

Prof. John Besley says the science community is making sure there are good quality, credible science resources available online.
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Despite all those studies that show America’s education system lagging further behind in the world, it turns out all is not lost when it comes our collective knowledge about science and technology.

A portion of a big national survey released late last week measured the public perceptions of science and technology and compared the data to similar studies around the world.  The results show that while Americans, like much of the rest of the world, still have some basic things to learn, there is a keen interest in the latest scientific and technological discoveries.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

MSU ecologists steer adaptation to big data

Ecologists need to understand multiple systems, regions, and continents. Looking at both small and broad scale systems is made easier with new technological tools.
Credit Flickr - infocux technologies

Big data is being applied across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Businesses are using it to forecast consumers trends, political junkies to predict elections before they happen and scientist are decoding DNA in minutes, working to find cures and prevent disease.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Fri January 17, 2014

E=MC: Teaching science through Hip Hop

Dr. Christopher Emdin

How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

FRIB director responds to clearing latest budget hurdle

An artist's rendering of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at MSU.

This week we learned that the new appropriations bill drafted in the U-S Senate includes $55-million to continue the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) project at Michigan State University. The project will feature a large particle collider that smashes subatomic matter together to create elements that scientists say are the building blocks of the universe as we know it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:56 am
Wed December 4, 2013

At MSU, it's goodbye NY minute, hello femtosecond

Dr. Chong-Yu Ruan is leading an MSU team developing new ultra-fast microscope technology.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

The self-destruction of the comet ISON captured the public imagination last week, as it passed between our planet and the sun.  The mystery of outer space has enthralled humanity for centuries.  Now, Michigan State University is taking a giant leap into inner space.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:49 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Black hole discoveries could test relativity theory

A black hole outburst in Spiral Galaxy M83.
Credit Flickr - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Astronomers have found another black hole within a densely packed cluster of stars. Last year, an MSU lead research team discovered two black holes in a similar globular star cluster, suggesting that black holes occupying groups of dense stars may be more common than previously thought.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:38 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Scientists inch closer to harnessing energy from nuclear fusion

Dr. Wolfgang Bauer says how to achieve nuclear fusion has been known since the 1930s, but actually doing it always seems to be 20 years away.
Credit Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Achieving nuclear fusion has proven to be elusive for generations of scientists. According to the BBC, American scientists have brought us one step closer to nuclear fusion's becoming a viable source of clean energy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:31 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Women in STEM fields look to increase their ranks

The enrollment of women in the MSU College of Education is up 30% this year.
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This fall, Michigan State University’s College of Engineering enrolled some 1,300 freshmen.  More than 200 of those students are women.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Taking a look at the 'three-parent embryo'

The "three-parent embryo" could avoid passing rare genetic diseases to offspring, according to Dr. Helga Toriello.
Credit Flickr/Andrew Huff

Developments in the world of genetics, although sometimes very difficult to understand, can still be absolutely mesmerizing.  Case in point:  take a newspaper headline from last Friday titled, “UK may OK creating babies... with DNA from 3 people.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

MSU breaks ground on new $60 million bioengineering facility

The new bioengineering facility, pictured here in an artist's rendering, will be located on the south end of campus between the Life Science building and the Clinical Center.
Credit MSU Office of Planning and Budgets

MSU has long strived to be a leader in the realm of global health, and hopes to do just that after completion of a 130,000 square-foot bioengineering facility set to be finished in 2015.

Dr. Manooch Koochesfahani, Associate Dean of the MSU College of Engineering,  and Dr. Jeffrey Dwyer, Sr. Associate Dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine discuss what this new development means for the college.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Uncovering the secrets of the Stradivarius with technology

The Stradivarius Violin sits on the CT bed, waiting for scan.
Credit Careen Loos

For centuries,  the Stradivarius Violins have been acknowledged as fine instruments, whose work is set as a standard by all violin makers.  The instrument was made by Antonio Stradivarius at Cremona, Italy, in 1690s.

Now with radiology technology, members from MSU Radiology department and Mid-Michigan MRI, Inc.,  are able to scan and look at the inside of the instrument without opening it.  Current State's Peter Whorf take us to see how art and science come together.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:29 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Research on bacteria could lead to paradigm shift in medicine

There’s been a thrust in research over the last several years concerning the bacteria that live on and inside the human body. The early findings have been astounding and seem to point to a paradigm shift in medicine.

The research could unveil new methods to treat all sorts of common diseases, including diabetes, asthma and even obesity. MSU microbiologist Robert Britton explains the enormous potential behind research into what’s called the human microbiome.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:01 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Current State #68 | April 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Former priest makes his case for change in the Catholic Church; MSU Science Fest ; Author David Shields;  and Hospice of Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Inaugural MSU Science Festival features hands-on learning

The MSU Science Festival runs from April 12 to April 21. All events are free and open to the public.
Credit Courtesy of MSU Science Festival

The first-ever Michigan State University Science Festival is underway. It’s a chance for learners of all ages to explore the science that touches our everyday lives. Hiram Fitzgerald, the associate provost of Outreach and Engagement at MSU, and Renee Leone, the coordinator of the MSU Science Festival, joined WKAR’s Melissa Benmark to unveil more details about the festival. 

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