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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first-ever Michigan State UniversityScience 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.
After analyzing a dirt sample containing hints about the suspect's whereabouts when the crime occurred, researchers plan to recruit volunteers this summer to further the investigation in Ludington's forests.
A Michigan State University plant biology professor is playing a unique role in piecing together a tragic West Michigan crime. Dr. Frank Telewski is part of an effort to locate a Ludington infant who was abducted and likely killed by her father in 2011.
Telewski and other professionals have analyzed bits of plant material from the suspect’s shoes in an attempt to find the location of four-month-old’s remains. Using the findings, investigators plan to narrow the search this summer.
In 1964, physicists including Peter Higgs theorized that a sub-atomic particle existed that would help explain the creation of the universe, a particle that gives everything in the universe mass. It became known as the Higgs boson.
Last July, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced that they had found a particle they described as “Higgs-like." Last week, after completing their examination of the data, lead researcher Joe Incandela announced that, in his words, “it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson."
More than half of all college graduates are women, yet there's a shortage of women in many science and technology professions. The trend inspired the new exhibit “STEMinists -- Michigan women in science, technology, engineering and math," which opens this week at the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing. The exhibit profiles women who have been successful in various STEM fields.
On today's Current State: Off the Record's Tim Skubick analyzes Gov. Snyder's "State of the State" speech, and Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer offers a response. Also, a new discovery in Antarctica and a preview of the BackStage Pass season premiere with the metal band, Silent Lapse.
A Michigan State University scientist is the lead author of a paper that outlines MSU's work in manufacturing a protein that's showing promise as an effective agent against serious flu viruses. MSU performed the study in partnership with the Baker Laboratory at the University of Washington and the Wilson Lab at the Scripps Research Institute.
Tim Whitehead is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science as well as Biosystems Engineering at MSU. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the research.