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Magnet Lab researcher exploring science behind commercial applications of liquid helium

Picture a teaspoon of powdered sugar. As fine a substance as it is, there still are tremendous differences in the sizes of its individual particles. Some are so small, they move around randomly and are invisible to the naked eye. Now, let’s say you wanted to choose only particles of a certain size from those […]

State of Florida Climatologist James O’Brien wins Japan’s Uda Prize

The Japanese Oceanographic Society has selected State of Florida climatologist and Florida State University Professor of meteorology and oceanography James J. O’Brien as a recipient of its 2006 "Uda Prize." O’Brien—FSU’s Robert O. Lawton Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography and the director of FSU’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies—received the prestigious award in recognition of […]

Two FSU physicists receive prestigious academic honor

Two faculty members in Florida State University’s department of physics—Professor Jorge Piekarewicz and Associate Professor Laura Reina—have received one of the top honors in the field of physics: Both have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). With more than 43,000 members, the APS (www.aps.org) is the nation’s largest and most prestigious professional […]

Grant increases minority scientists’ access to Magnet Lab’s facilities

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been awarded a $1.5-million, one-year collaborative grant from the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) to increase the involvement of minority scientists and their students in cutting-edge research. The award will establish and enhance strong experimental and theoretical research opportunities at […]

Magnet lab collaboration yields ‘R&D 100’ honor

When it comes to learning more about the fundamental nature of matter, a little goes a long way toward advancing science and discovery: The smaller the measurement, the better the results. That’s the thinking behind an innovation that has landed a National High Magnetic Field Laboratory scientist a share of a prestigious international award. Often […]

Online learning’s frontier: Researcher gives computers a ‘human’ face

The friendly facial expressions, the soothing hand gestures, the coolly intelligent voice: Put them all together, and she is both disarmingly lifelike and surprisingly persuasive. And while she can’t actually shake your hand in greeting, the unnamed, computer-generated character and her troupe of animated friends can be judiciously designed for online learning—at least if one […]

FSU professor documents Christianity’s history of healing

The concept of healing, both physical and spiritual, has been a central theme of Christianity going all the way back to the time of Jesus Christ. In her new book, "Healing in the History of Christianity," Florida State University religion Professor Amanda Porterfield examines the ways in which this theme of healing has evolved over […]

FSU researcher’s device provides a major boost to adult stem cell research

A single cell with the potential to repair damaged heart muscle tissue…regenerate injured bone…create new cartilage or skin…even reverse nerve damage. Human stem cells offer tremendous hope for the development of revolutionary medical treatments for these and a variety of other human health problems. Up until now, however, stem cell research has been slowed by […]

What does ‘almost nothing’ weigh? FSU physicist aims to find out

If subatomic particles had personalities, neutrinos would be the ultimate wallflowers. One of the most basic particles of matter in the universe, they’ve been around for 14 billion years and permeate every inch of space, but they’re so inconceivably tiny that they’ve been called "almost nothing" and pass straight through things—for example, the Earth—without a […]

Two FSU chemists receive prestigious academic honor

Two professors in FSU’s department of chemistry and biochemistry—Michael S. Chapman and Joseph B. Schlenoff—have been elevated to the rank of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In bestowing the honor, which was announced in the Oct. 28 issue of Science, the AAAS recognized Chapman "for fundamental studies of the […]

Magnet Lab hosts international photomicrography competition

It’s a small world, after all. A really, really small world. And much of what we know about it is learned through the ever-advancing technology of microscopes. That microscopic world was celebrated this month when Nikon announced the winners of its "Small World Competition," which recognizes excellence in photography though the microscope. The National High […]

FSU researcher’s “buckypaper” is stronger than steel at a fraction of the weight

Working with a material 10 times lighter than steel—but 250 times stronger—would be a dream come true for any engineer. If this material also had amazing properties that made it highly conductive of heat and electricity, it would start to sound like something out of a science fiction novel. Yet one Florida State University research […]