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National Magnet Laboratory completes new record magnet

Users of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory soon will have a new state-of-the-art magnet system for their research in physics and materials science. Engineers at the facility, led by project leader Mark Bird, recently tested a specially designed, 31-tesla-powered magnet that has a 50-millimeter experimental space. The magnet is the highest field DC magnet […]

Is a bigger ant a better ant? FSU biologist tests 150-year-old evolutionary question

The small tepee-like tents draped over 130 fire ant mounds surrounding a picturesque country pond may resemble more a re-creation of a community of pint-sized natives than scientific research. But science it is—in fact a manipulation of Mother Nature. Florida State University biologist Walter Tschinkel wants to know if there are benefits to nature’s practice […]

Exploding stars in the cellar, FSU Nuclear Physics charts new course

Florida State University’s nuclear physics laboratory, one of the premier nuclear research facilities on any college campus in the United States, is looking to its future among the stars—novas to be exact. RESOLUT, a project to recreate the nuclear reactions in exploding stars, is in its final stages of preparation at FSU’s Superconducting Linear Accelerator […]

FSU oceanography professor wins Leopold Leadership Fellowship

Jeff Chanton, the John Widmer Winchester Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University, has won a 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship that will provide him with intensive communication and leadership training to help him communicate scientific information effectively to non-scientific audiences, especially policy makers, the media, business leaders and the public. Twenty fellows are selected […]

NPR’s ‘Science Friday’ to broadcast live from FSU with faculty panelists

National Public Radio’s acclaimed weekly science program, Talk of the Nation-Science Friday, will broadcast its April 8 show live from FSU. The popular program, hosted by Ira Flatow, will feature panels of experts predominantly drawn from the FSU faculty. The program will be broadcast from the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in the Department of […]

FSU anthropologist leads incredible journey through ‘hobbit’ brain

Florida State University professor and chair of anthropology Dean Falk led an international team of scientists on an incredible virtual journey through the tiny brain of an 18,000-year-old hobbit-sized human. What they found has upended conventional evolutionary wisdom on the relationship of brain size to intelligence. Findings from “The Brain of LB1, Homo Floresiensis” appear […]

U.S. Magnet Laboratory and Korea Basic Science Institute partner to advance technology

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University has extended its international interactions to include Korea. The Korea Basic Science Institute, located in Daejeon, South Korea, and the NHMFL opened the doors to the KBSI-NHMFL Research Collaboration Center during a ceremony at the NHMFL in Tallahassee. The new Center will promote basic scientific […]