Science & Technology

Science and Technology

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Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving automobiles they are building under an expanding partnership.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Thousands rallied for science at the Michigan Capitol on Saturday. It was one of many marches and rallies around the world on "March for Science" day. Many said President Trump and his administration are diminishing the work of scientists. Some speakers said climate change is not being taken seriously.

MSU employs new ways to step back in time

Apr 10, 2017
msutoday

Jim Peck is Big Ten Network executive producer and director of University Photography and Videography, Communications and Brand Strategy at MSU. His recent travels take us to Greece to explore new ways for archaeologists to peel back the layers of time. Jim is joined by MSU archaeology professor Jon Frey.


A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on August 21, 2017, and people are already making travel plans to get the best glimpse of it.

WKAR’s Morning Edition host Brooke Allen spoke with John French from Abrams Planetarium to find out more.

 

 


MSU's Anthony receives NSF award

Mar 16, 2017
msu.edu

Rebecca Anthony, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan State University, received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award worth $500,000.

Star discovered in close black hole orbit

Mar 16, 2017
msu.edu

A research team, which included Michigan State University scientists, have discovered evidence of a star that can orbit around a black hole roughly twice an hour. Possibly the quickest orbital dance ever witnessed between a black hole and its companion star.

robertabondar.com

Roberta Bondar grew up in Ontario, camped in Michigan as a girl, and grew to become her nation’s first female astronaut. She shares her story today on WKAR.


Common house fly
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Michigan residents can expect insect pests earlier than normal this year. According to Michigan State University Entomologist Howard Russell, it's the result of the recent stretch of warm weather this winter.

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A new study at the University of Michigan has used MRI technology to show how astronauts' brains compress and expand during space flight. Findings indicate that during flight, the volume of astronauts' gray matter increased or decreased. The extent of change depended on the length of time spent in space.

U-M  kinesiology and psychology professor Rachel Seidler says the findings could have applications for treating other health conditions that affect brain function

MSU students in lab studying lettuce processing
Kurt Stepnitz / MSU Photography & Videography

MSU lands $1 million NSF grant to educate students in fields including animal science, crop and soil sciences and other fields involving food production.

woman near computer screen
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Is it a school?  Is it a bus?  Is it a school bus?  The answer to all those questions is yes -- sort of.


scientists in lab at MSU
Courtesy Yungqui Cao

Electricity is an abundant power source.  But harnessing it for everyday use is sometimes tricky. 

But what if you could charge your phone with your own body?

 

That question is being studied at Michigan State University with a device that uses nanotechnology.

 


Courtesy of MSU

Michigan State University has announced a $1 million gift to the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Natural Science from the family of former MSU professor Wu-Ki Tung.

The gift will establish the Dr. Wu-Ki Tung Endowed Professorship in Particle Physics, to honor the memory of the internationally known particle physicist who taught and conducted research at MSU from 1992-2007. Tung passed away in 2009.

Battery with inbuilt 'fire extinguisher' developed

Jan 16, 2017
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From planes to phones, lithium-ion batteries have presented the danger of spontaneous fires.  New work in battery research may stop some of these fires in their tracks.

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Saturday morning's SpaceX California launch is successful

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