Science & Technology

FSU physicist helps put Einstein’s most famous equation to the test

Possibly the best-known equation in all of science is Albert Einstein’s famous "E=mc2," which expresses that mass and energy are really different forms of the same thing. If the century-old equation were even slightly incorrect, the repercussions for modern physics would be enormous. There’s no need to worry, though. Florida State University physicist Edmund G. […]

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory featured as part of History Channel special

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and its director, Greg Boebinger, are being featured as part of a History Channel special described by its producer as "a cross between a ‘NOVA’ special and a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode." "Alien Engineering" is a documentary produced by Workaholic Productions. Producers Luke Ellis and Matthew Hickey called on leading […]

Hi-Yo Silver! FSU physicist helps discover an atomic oddity

Working with an international team of scientists, a Florida State University physics professor has taken part in an experiment that resulted in the creation of a silver atom with exotic properties never before observed. The team’s observations represent another step forward in science’s long journey to understand the nuclear reactions that power stars and produce […]

Magnet Lab to analyze Stardust mission’s comet dust

The Stardust spacecraft that left Florida seven years ago had its homecoming Jan. 15 in Utah, bringing with it tiny particles of comet dust that are expected to unlock big secrets about the origin of our solar system. In a few months, scientists in the Geochemistry Program at Tallahassee’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory will […]

Another world-record achievement for National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is ending its year with another achievement of international importance as engineers and technicians this week completed testing of a world-record magnet. With the completion of a new, 35-tesla magnet, the highest-field "resistive" magnet in the world is located at the Tallahassee facility. The state-of-the-art magnet, which incorporates "Florida-Bitter" […]

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 […]