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Marine life stirs ocean enough to affect climate, says FSU study

Oceanographers worldwide pay close attention to phytoplankton and with good reason. The microscopic plants that form the vast foundation of the marine food chain generate a staggering amount of power, and now a groundbreaking study led by Florida State University has calculated just how much—about five times the annual total power consumption of the human […]

Florida universities partner to expand space research, technology

Three Florida universities have signed an agreement to cooperate on space research and technology programs, including the creation of a joint institute to coordinate their activities. Florida State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Florida Institute of Technology will combine their capabilities to pursue emerging research, technology development, and educational opportunities associated with government and […]

FSU, NOAA scientists: ‘Trapped wave’ caused unexpected Dennis surge

When Hurricane Dennis passed North Florida on July 10, 2005, it caused a 10-foot storm surge in some areas along Apalachee Bay—about 3 to 4 feet more than forecast—that couldn’t be explained simply by the local winds that conventionally drive storm surge. Now, scientists at Florida State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

El Niño’s on the way: Winter climate forecast for Florida

It may be dry now, but don’t pack those umbrellas away just yet. It’s going to be a cool, wet winter here in Florida, according to state climatologist David Zierden. The return of El Niño—an oceanic phenomenon that occurs every two to seven years and causes worldwide changes in climate patterns—is to blame for both […]

Magnet Lab wins $11.7-million grant to build next-generation magnet

The National Science Foundation has awarded the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory an $11.7-million grant for construction of an innovative magnet that will have the potential to revolutionize a technique used to learn more about little-understood molecules. The magnet—which will generate extremely high magnetic fields using just one-third the power of traditional “all-resistive” magnets—will enable […]

New crystal growth program to enhance FSU’s materials research efforts

Florida State University already has an excellent reputation for its various efforts to design, prepare and characterize new materials for research and commercial uses. Now that reputation is about to be burnished even further as scientists at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory ramp up a program for forming exotic crystals that possess unique properties. […]

FSU scientist finds greenhouse gas bubbling from melting permafrost feeds climate warming at much higher than expected rates

A study co-authored by a Florida State University scientist and published in the Sept. 7 issue of the journal Nature has found that as the permafrost melts in North Siberia due to climate change, carbon sequestered and buried there since the Pleistocene era is bubbling up to the surface of Siberian thaw lakes and into […]

FSU biologists uncover mechanisms that shape cells for better or worse

In a landmark study, biologists at Florida State University have uncovered a specific genetic and molecular mechanism that causes cell polarity—the asymmetric shape or composition critical to a cell’s proper functioning. Their findings in fruit fly eggs may help to clarify how muscular dystrophy and some cancers develop in humans. That’s because many of the […]

FSU work is key to new microscope that may help unlock cells’ secrets

A microscopy technique pioneered with the help of Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has led to the development of a new light microscope capable of looking at proteins on a molecular level. The new light microscope is so powerful it allows scientists to peer deep inside cells to see the fundamental organization […]

FSU geographer charting new territory with hurricane relief mapping

When a hurricane strikes, authorities are increasingly turning to satellite images and computer-based maps to tell them everything from where the most vulnerable people live to where the closest supply of food, water and ice is located. While these maps can be beneficial in planning response and recovery, their imprecise nature can result in people […]

FSU announces appointment of new state climatologist

David Zierden, climate scientist at Florida State University’s Center For Ocean Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), has been named state climatologist of Florida. Zierden, who has served as assistant state climatologist since 1999, succeeds Robert O. Lawton Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography James J. O’Brien. O’Brien is now the climatologist emeritus. The state climatologist is a […]

FSU, Scripps Florida agree to collaborate on biomedical research

Florida State University and the Scripps Research Institute are taking steps to streamline scientific collaborations between the two organizations as they work together on biomedical research that could lead to treatments for a variety of diseases. A joint cooperation agreement signed recently by officials from FSU and Scripps Florida will encourage and support research collaborations […]