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Retired FSU professor captures a ‘living fossil’ Laotian rock rat on video

The first images of a live specimen of a small, furry animal once believed to have gone extinct more than 11 million years ago have been captured during a Southeast Asian expedition led by a retired Florida State University researcher. The remarkable video and photos shot by David Redfield, a professor emeritus of FSU’s science […]

Here comes the sun: New solutions for world’s energy woes

The number is staggering: Approximately 2 billion of the world’s people—nearly one-third of the human population—have no access to electricity. Consequently, they do without many of the amenities that people in the developed world take for granted—everything from air conditioning and refrigeration to television, indoor lighting, and pumps that supply drinking water. And without electricity […]

FSU scientist’s biomolecular research published in Science, Nature

For a scientist, having one’s research published in a peer-reviewed journal signifies a high level of professional expertise and accomplishment. If that journal happens to be Science or Nature—two of the world’s top scientific publications—so much the better. One Florida State University researcher has achieved a unique level of distinction: co-authoring papers for both journals—and […]

From geek to chic: The changing face of computing

You don’t have to be a nerdy white guy to be a computer geek. In fact, you can be a woman, a minority, a person with a disability or someone who is downright cool. That’s the message of a group of Florida State University professors who are participating in a 10-member university consortium. The consortium, […]

FSU gets top rankings in nuclear physics, analytical chemistry

Florida State University continues to burnish its credentials as a top university for scientific research and graduate learning, a new listing of America’s top academic institutions shows. FSU’s graduate program in nuclear physics is 13th in the nation, and its graduate program in analytical chemistry 14th, in rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report […]

Tropical depression: Hurricane linked to long-term mental distress

Florida State University sociologists have found that some South Floridians who survived 1992’s Hurricane Andrew suffered mental health problems many years later, a finding that has led the researchers to predict even more dire consequences for those who lived through last year’s devastating Hurricane Katrina. The researchers, sociology doctoral student and lead author David Russell […]

Fire ants: Their true story told by the scientist who loves them

When it comes to fire ants, most people prefer to wipe the venomous little varmints off the face of the Earth—or at least out of their own back yards. The reviled South American native that invaded the U.S. Sun Belt via 1940s Mobile, Ala., is known in biology circles as Solenopsis invicta and everywhere else […]

FSU Chemistry Professor honored for cutting-edge research

Rafael P. Bruschweiler, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Florida State University and associate director for biophysics at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, has been awarded a share of the prestigious Laukien Prize in NMR Spectroscopy. The award, presented by the executive committee of the Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, recognizes cutting-edge nuclear […]

FSU chemistry professor, Nobel Laureate Harold Kroto elected to prestigious National Academy of Sciences

For Harold Kroto, very few, if any, professional accomplishments can top being chosen to receive a Nobel Prize for Chemistry, as he was in 1996. However, his latest honor, announced Tuesday, might come close. Kroto, the Eppes Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University, has been elected as a foreign associate to the National Academy […]

U.S. Department of Energy recognizes FSU high-energy physicist

A faculty member in Florida State University’s department of physics has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as one of the nation’s top young high-energy physicists. Assistant Professor Yuri Gershtein has been selected to receive an Outstanding Junior Investigator Award in High Energy Physics for the 2006 fiscal year. The award, given […]

FSU Panama City students to assist with NASA mission

Six students in the science diving program at Florida State University Panama City have been selected to participate in a unique internship with Aquarius’ NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) 9 program located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary this month. The mission builds on the success of NEEMO 7 in October 2004 and […]

Jesus walked on ice, says study led by FSU scientist

The New Testament story describes Jesus walking on water in the Sea of Galilee, but according to a study led by Florida State University Professor of Oceanography Doron Nof, it’s more likely that he walked on an isolated patch of floating ice. The study points to a rare combination of optimal water and atmospheric conditions […]