Science & Technology

FSU scientist to be recognized with international chemistry award

A longtime member of the Florida State University chemistry faculty is being recognized for his decades of transformational research in photochemistry as the second-ever recipient of an international award from the American Chemical Society. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Jack Saltiel will receive the Josef Michl ACS Award in Photochemistry in recognition of his groundbreaking […]

Physics team nets $4.5M NSF grant to further nuclear physics research

A team of Florida State University physicists has won a $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to probe deeper into the world of nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics. Physics Professors Ingo Wiedenhoever, Paul Cottle, Mark Riley, Samuel Tabor, Assistant Professor Sergio Almaraz-Calderon and research faculty Anthony Frawley operate the John D. Fox Superconducting […]

Scientists investigate how oil affects smallest organisms in Antarctic waters

New research by a Florida State University scientist has examined how oil and other hydrocarbons in Antarctica affect miniature organisms called meiofauna that slip through the sediment widely unnoticed to the casual observer.   Over five years, a team at the Australian Antarctic Division led by Jonny Stark, in collaboration with FSU Marine and Coastal […]

FSU professor wins Southern Chemist Award from American Chemical Society

A Florida State University professor has received the American Chemical Society’s Southern Chemist Award in recognition of his contributions in nuclear chemistry. Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt, the Gregory R. Choppin Professor of Chemistry, received a medal and plaque at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  The award honors those who are U.S. citizens and worked in […]

Researcher sheds new light on how brain operates like GPS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Every time you walk out of a building, you immediately see where you’re at and then step toward a destination. Whether you turn left, right or go straight ahead, you don’t even think about it. Simple, right? Not exactly. The brain performs a complex calculation that works a lot like the Global […]

New boarding procedures, smaller cabin size may limit infection on planes

During major epidemics, cramped airplane cabins are fertile ground for the spread of infection, but new research suggests changing routine boarding protocols could be a key to reducing rampant transmission of disease. In response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak that grounded hundreds of international flights, Florida State University Associate Professor of Computer Science Ashok Srinivasan […]

National MagLab achieves new world record with strongest resistive magnet

New 41.4-Tesla Instrument Paves Way for Breakthroughs in Physics and Materials Research While the rest of the country watched the solar eclipse Monday, engineers at the Florida State University-headquartered National MagLab pulled off an eclipse of a different sort. Not to be outdone by celestial events, they set a new world record that blotted out […]

Fruit fly mutation foretells 40 million years of evolution

Small, seemingly insignificant mutations in fruit flies may actually hold clues as to how a species will evolve tens of millions of years in the future. That’s the focus of a new study by a Florida State University researcher who raised 200 generations of fruit flies to examine how they changed both in the short […]

FSU Research: Ancient ocean deoxygenation provides an urgent warning

A 94-million-year-old climate change event that severely imperiled marine organisms may provide some unnerving insights into long-term trends in our modern oceans, according to a Florida State University researcher. In a study published today in the journal Science Advances, Assistant Professor of Geology Jeremy Owens traces a 50,000-year period of ocean deoxygenation preceding an ancient […]

FSU researchers listen to birdsong, unlock mysteries of brain

The term “birdbrain” has been part of our lexicon for about a century to describe someone’s intellect, or lack of it, presumably because birds have really small brains. But, in fact, the way songbirds learn to sing is similar to how humans learn speech. A unique interdisciplinary team of Florida State University researchers is leading […]

FSU researcher makes deep-sea coral reef discovery in depths of North Pacific

Scientists have long believed that the waters of the Central and Northeast Pacific Ocean were inhospitable to deep-sea scleractinian coral, but a Florida State University professor’s discovery of an odd chain of reefs suggests there are mysteries about the development and durability of coral colonies yet to be uncovered. Associate Professor of Earth, Ocean and […]