science

Radio Made in Michigan
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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Radio Made in Michigan
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'.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
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.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
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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Radio Made in Michigan
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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Radio Made in Michigan
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.
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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
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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.
Credit http://www.frib.msu.edu/

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.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

MSU botanist aids murder investigation

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.
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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.  

Radio Made in Michigan
4:14 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Current State #49 | March 21, 2013

Today on Current State: budget cuts for Lansing police; dancer Nic Gareiss; Dr. Shannon Manning on drug-resistant bacteria; the Ann Arbor Film Festival; and CAFOs for livestock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:07 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Superbugs: MSU molecular biologist on drug-resistant bacteria

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times.
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MSU molecular biologist Dr. Shannon Manning played a crucial role in helping to solve the

mystery behind one of the most deadly E. coli outbreaks ever, which killed more than 50 people and sickened nearly 4,000 in Germany in 2011.

Dr. Manning is also a featured lecturer in MSU’s Classes Without Quizzes hosted by the College of Natural Science. She joins us to discuss the rise in drug-resistant bacteria.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Higgs boson is confirmed, so what?

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.
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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."

The research continues, but discovery of a Higgs boson would leap to the top of Nobel Prize contenders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:43 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Michigan Women's Hall of Fame features modern women in science and technology

Despite graduation rates exceeding that of American men, women in this country are still underrepresented in the science and technology fields.
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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.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:54 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Current State #4 | January 17, 2013

'Current State' host Mark Bashore (left) discusses Governor Snyder's 'State of the State' speech live in studio with 'Off the Record's' Tim Skubick and Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer.
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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.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

MSU Develops Flu Fighting Protein

MSU's Tim Whitehead.
Kurt Stepnitz

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.

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