Science & Technology

Science and Technology

PhD student Osama Ennasar and undergrad student Camille Emig work on GRACE.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

MSU researchers are using a grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their study and construction of underwater robots.

 


Karel Vega / WKAR-MSU

For the next few days, WKAR reporters are sharing how technology built or tested here in Michigan may change our lives. But some of the most useful technology for modern day communication is over a century old. WKAR's Karel Vega visited a dedicated group on Michigan State University’s campus devoted to ham radio.

Spoof fingerprints photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Fingerprint identification technology has advanced to the point where you probably have it on the phone you carry. A team in the Michigan State University College of Engineering is working to improve the security of fingerprint recognition systems, and a big part of their effort aims to learn more about fake prints that could be used against you.


light imaging and detection
CANVAS Program / Michigan State University

Just as it did in the 20th century, Michigan is leading a transportation revolution in the 21st. 

At the former Willow Run bomber plant near Ypsilanti, the new American Center for Mobility is emerging as one of the world’s premiere test sites for self-driving cars.  The center is working with Michigan State University and other institutions across the state to train the next generation of autonomous vehicle engineers.

 


Rob Zondervan and the Clean Case Mobile Device Cover photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Cell phones are dirty things. According to some media reports, they’re dirtier than toilet seats. Not something you want in an operating room, that’s for sure.


truck and bridge
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The day of the driverless car is gaining ground.  Fast. 

 

What was once a science fiction fantasy is exploding into a legitimate industry.  Connected vehicles have caught the attention of such companies as Tesla, Uber and even Google.  Now, add the U.S. military to that list.  In Michigan, an Army research and development lab is experimenting with cargo hauling trucks to learn how to run automated supply convoys.  The goal is to save time, fuel and human lives.  

 


WKAR file photo

The Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps is looking for a few good experts in internet security. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the law creating the cyber-security team takes effect Thursday.


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Scientists are examining mastodon teeth that turned up in the yards of homes in Michigan.

Paleontology experts are investigating the discovery of prehistoric mastodon bones at a Michigan construction site.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Hundreds of students and families descended on the lawn of the Michigan State University Observatory to observe the solar eclipse. 


moon in front of the sun
Courtesy of NASA/SDO / PBS

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

 


PBS NewsHour

Mazda is recalling nearly 80,000 cars and SUVs, some for a second time, to replace dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

This weekend, Impression 5, Lansing’s interactive science center, opened its new exhibit, “Flow.” 


First NASA Solar Probe Named In Honor Of MSU Alumnus

Jun 1, 2017
NASA / NASA

NASA’s Solar Probe Plus spacecraft, which will embark on the world’s first mission to a star in 2018, has been christened the Parker Solar Probe in honor of MSU alumnus Eugene Parker.

Peter Whorf / wkar-msu

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.

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