Science & Technology

FSU researchers develop tool to track marine litter polluting the ocean

In an effort to fight the millions of tons of marine litter floating in the ocean, Florida State University researchers have developed a new virtual tool to track this debris. Their work, which was published in Frontiers in Marine Science, will help provide answers to help monitor and deal with the problem of marine litter. […]

$1.4M NIH grant helps FSU researchers clean carcinogens from groundwater

A Florida State University researcher will lead a study into how bacteria can be used to remove carcinogens from groundwater thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering will collaborate with Texas Tech University to investigate a bioremediation method that could remove […]

Microplastics and human health: FSU researchers find exposure to microplastics may alter cellular function

Pollution from miniscule pieces of plastic, or microplastics, have been a growing concern for scientists, public health advocates and environmentalists as these nondegradable items have increasingly made their way into waterways and even the air we breathe.  Now, a team of Florida State University researchers is looking at what inhalation and ingestion of these tiny particles can […]

FSU engineers improve performance of high-temperature superconductor wires

Florida State University researchers have discovered a novel way to improve the performance of electrical wires used as high-temperature superconductors (HTS), findings that have the potential to power a new generation of particle accelerators. Researchers used high-resolution scanning electron microscopy to understand how processing methods influence grains in bismuth-based superconducting wires (known as Bi-2212). Those […]

FSU engineering researchers visualize the motion of vortices in superfluid turbulence

Nobel laureate in physics Richard Feynman once described turbulence as “the most important unsolved problem of classical physics.” Understanding turbulence in classical fluids like water and air is difficult partly because of the challenge in identifying the vortices swirling within those fluids. Locating vortex tubes and tracking their motion could greatly simplify the modeling of […]

FSU’s virtual ‘Art in STEM’ exhibition brings the beauty of science to a worldwide audience

Florida State University’s Graduate Women in STEM organization will present the seventh annual “Art in STEM” exhibit April 9, again using a virtual platform to invite viewers from across Florida, the U.S., and the world to experience the intersection of art and science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This exhibit provides a creative outlet for the Florida State community to explore the beauty […]

International study discovers ancient meteoritic impact over Antarctica 430,000 years ago

A Florida State University geochemist and postdoctoral scholar were part of an international research team that has found new evidence of a low-altitude meteoritic touchdown event reaching the Antarctic ice sheet 430,000 years ago. The geological record has long shown evidence of meteorite collisions with Earth, but scientists had previously only known of two airbursts […]

Roach-like bug lights way to understanding how muscles work

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in science, it sometimes takes a thousand photos to tell the whole story. Florida State University researchers have assembled the first atomic-level resolution image of part of a molecule that produces force in muscle contraction, an accomplishment that is opening new avenues of research into […]

FSU researchers discover how ‘cryptic species’ respond differently to coral bleaching

Certain brightly colored coral species dotting the seafloor may appear indistinguishable to many divers and snorkelers, but Florida State University researchers have found that these genetically diverse marine invertebrates vary in their response to ocean warming, a finding that has implications for the long-term health of coral reefs. The researchers used molecular genetics to differentiate […]

FSU researchers enhance quantum machine learning algorithms

A Florida State University professor’s research could help quantum computing fulfill its promise as a powerful computational tool. William Oates, the Cummins Inc. Professor in Mechanical Engineering and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and postdoctoral researcher Guanglei Xu found a way to automatically infer parameters used in […]

FSU researchers use pressure-sensitive molecular materials to harness cooling technology

Air conditioners, refrigerators and other machines that heat and cool work with a simple premise. Pressure is applied to a gaseous refrigerant to turn it into a liquid state and then removed again so cold air is released. That cycle repeats. But it isn’t the most efficient or environmentally friendly process. And now, researchers from […]

Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee offers remote space mission simulator

When the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed some of the in-person activities typically offered by Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee, the science center created an online space mission that has since been used by hundreds of students. The center, which is the K-12 outreach facility of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, adapted its on-site space mission simulator […]