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Climate change linked to more flowery tropical forests, FSU study shows

New research from a Florida State University scientist has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest. FSU researchers studying the rich tropical forests of Panama’s Barro Colorado Island found that climbing rates of carbon dioxide have set the stage for a multidecade increase in overall […]

‘Exciting’ breakthrough in effort to help children with hearing loss

A Florida State University researcher joined an international team using brain scans and machine-learning algorithms to determine which areas of the brain were most associated with learning speech among deaf children with cochlear implants. The breakthrough, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, puts the […]

GAP awards help FSU faculty propel research from lab to market

Four teams led by Florida State University faculty members will receive funding from the university as they work to translate their innovative research into successful commercial products. The researchers will be awarded critical financial support following their successful presentations at FSU’s biannual GAP competition, a panel event organized by the Office of the Vice President […]

FSU researcher: Ocean acidification means major changes for California mussels

Accelerating ocean acidification could be transforming the fundamental structure of California mussel shells, according to a new report from a Florida State University-led team of scientists. For thousands of years, California mussel shells have shared a relatively uniform mineralogical makeup — long, cylindrical calcite crystals ordered in neat vertical rows with crisp, geometric regularity. But […]

FSU research: Add cardio to pump up math, reading scores

Exercise has long been described as the magic pill for a variety of health conditions, but new research from Florida State University shows that it could also help boost students’ academic performances. In a paper published in the Journal of Exercise Physiology, researchers from Florida State and Larkin Community Hospital in Miami outlined new data […]

National MagLab’s latest magnet snags world record, marks new era of scientific discovery

The Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has shattered another world record with the testing of a 32-tesla magnet — 33 percent stronger than what had previously been the world’s strongest superconducting magnet used for research and more than 3,000 times stronger than a small refrigerator magnet. On Dec. 8, this new magnet […]

A galaxy far away: FAMU-FSU engineering dean delves into science behind ‘Star Wars’

Fans around the world will flock to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” when it comes to theaters later this week and marvel at the special effects that create this galaxy far, far away. But some of the special effects seen in “Star Wars” aren’t that far from reality, said FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Dean […]

FSU center uses carbon nanotubes for big research gains

It’s stronger than steel, yet only a fraction of its weight, and has a size 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. It is a carbon nanotube. For more than a decade, researchers at the Florida State University High-Performance Materials Institute have been laying the groundwork for a number of prototypes involving […]

Esteemed FSU physics professor elected fellow of American Physical Society

A Florida State University professor has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, the nation’s most prestigious organization of physicists. Susan Blessing, a professor in FSU’s Department of Physics, was named an APS fellow after years of pioneering particle physics research and a distinguished career of service on behalf of students and aspiring […]

Researchers first to unlock key molecular mystery of premature aging syndromes

New research from Florida State University is beginning to piece together the stubborn puzzle posed by a family of rare and debilitating premature aging disorders. Most of these diseases, called progeroid syndromes, share physiological symptoms characterized by the appearance of accelerated aging, such as skin disorders, loss of hair, skeletal and dental abnormalities and cardiovascular […]

Six FSU researchers named fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

Six Florida State University faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their efforts to advance science or its applications. Election to fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, and the six FSU faculty members are among 396 honorees this year. […]

New motion sensors a major step toward low-cost, high-performance wearable technology

Researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have developed a class of breakthrough motion sensors that could herald a near future of ubiquitous, fully integrated and affordable wearable technology. In a paper published in the journal Materials and Design, engineers from FSU’s High-Performance Materials Institute, in collaboration with scientists from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées […]