science

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Michigan State University's “Tomorrow” campaign seeks to explain complex scientific research in more accessible terms.

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Courtesy photo / Dr. Frank Telewski

The world's longest running scientific experiment has been in operation for the past 137 years, and it's been happening on a secret spot on the MSU campus. We learn more from the experiment's current caretaker, Dr. Frank Telewski.

Woman at bee hive
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Bees and other pollinators play an essential role in agriculture, but their numbers have been on the decline for decades. A new initiative started at Michigan State University is bringing together the resources across the state to try and help boost their populations. Current State talks to Meghan Milbrath, who coordinates the Michigan Pollinator Initiative, about her work.

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Courtesy photo / MSU Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering

Michigan State University will hire 100 new faculty members to embark on a long-term effort to expand its scientific research profile. We talk with MSU’s Dr. Steven Hsu , Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, and Dr. Andrew Christlieb, chair of the new Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering .

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Courtesy photo / MSU College of Education

The National Science Foundation has awarded MSU a grant that will allow them to study and test the best ways to improve science learning in schools. We speak with principal investigator for the project Barbara Schneider .

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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.

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

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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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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. Current State’s Scott Pohl speaks with ANR Event Services Educational Program...

Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year

Jun 30, 2014
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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?

WKAR/Marie Steinbock

The Michigan State University campus here in East Lansing is often described as one of the most beautiful in America. This week, one unique campus flower is drawing particular attention. The so-called corpse flower has the stench of a rotting corpse. People from around the Midwest are coming to see the flower while it briefly blooms. Frank Telewski , professor of plant biology and curator of the Plant Biology Conservatory, joins us along with Peter Carrington , assistant curator.

Open Science movement challenges status quo

May 28, 2014
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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.

Deadly piglet virus hits farms statewide, nationally

May 12, 2014
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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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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.

Bionic eye helps Michigan man see again

May 1, 2014
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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