Science & Technology

FSU researchers find decrease in crucial trace element preceded ancient mass extinction

A decline in the element molybdenum across the planet’s oceans preceded a significant extinction event approximately 183 million years ago, new research from Florida State University shows. The decrease may have contributed to the mass extinction, in which up to 90% of species in the oceans perished, and it suggests that much more organic carbon […]

FSU researchers: Rapid fluctuations in oxygen levels coincided with Earth’s first mass extinction

Rapid changes in marine oxygen levels may have played a significant role in driving Earth’s first mass extinction, according to a new study led by Florida State University researchers. About 443 million years ago, life on Earth was undergoing the Late Ordovician mass extinction, or LOME, which eliminated about 85% of marine species. Scientists have […]

FSU chemistry doctoral student receives Department of Energy research award to build safer, better batteries

People use lithium-ion batteries every day to power devices from toys to smartphones to electric vehicles and more, but organic liquid materials used to design these batteries are extremely flammable under certain conditions. A Florida State University doctoral student working to replace these materials with safer alternatives will get the chance to further this work […]

FAMU-FSU professor will study superfluid helium with $1.25M grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

When the temperature of matter approaches absolute zero, a different type of physics takes over. Instead of classical physics — the physics you learned about in high school — quantum physics governs its behavior. For example, helium is typically a gas, but when an isotope of helium is cooled to very low temperatures, it becomes […]

FAMU-FSU Engineering, FSU Statistics researchers use artificial intelligence to analyze human work performance

Researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and the Florida State University Department of Statistics are teaming up in a National Science Foundation-funded study that could help people perform better in manufacturing and other industries that rely on humans. Chiwoo Park, an associate professor in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and Anuj Srivastava, a professor […]

FSU assistant professor earns early career award from Geological Society of America

When Florida State University Assistant Professor Richard Bono was deciding what part of geology to focus on, he learned about the field of geophysics and geodynamics — the science of how the Earth changes over time. “I knew that was something I could keep coming back to,” Bono said. “It’s like a puzzle that changes […]

Taking pictures on a molecular level: FSU biologists receive $5M NIH grant to build cryo-electron microscopy center

While technologies like X-rays allow us to create pictures of the inside of the human body, imaging on a molecular level is much more complicated. Cryogenic electron microscopy, or cryo-EM, allows scientists to reconstruct protein complexes, like viruses and antibodies, in three dimensions at nearly atomic-level resolutions. These reconstructions — which let scientists pinpoint the […]

Particles, superconductors and black holes: FSU professors invite community to physics class

Florida State University physics professors are welcoming the community into the classroom this fall to learn about magnets, waves and exploding stars through the annual Saturday Morning Physics program. “Saturday Morning Physics is a free-of-charge lecture series in which physicists discuss their work in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms,” said Assistant Professor of Physics Sean Dobbs. “The […]

Center for Advanced Power Systems building tools for the future of energy

When Roger McGinnis was an officer serving on U.S. Navy ships, a problem with the onboard electrical system typically meant enduring a power outage that could last up to several hours. Now, as a director of Florida State University’s Center for Advanced Power Systems, or CAPS, McGinnis oversees an entity dedicated to finding solutions that […]

FSU goes head-to-head with UF in football-themed cybersecurity competition

Florida State University and the University of Florida Information Technology Services departments are hosting a two-week football-themed challenge to encourage online safety. The Cyber Bowl runs Oct. 3-14 and aims to test students’ and employees’ defense against cyber threats. Players take the (virtual) field and tackle five challenging questions — ranging from phishing blindsides to […]

Putting a ‘spotlight’ on FSU: Biomathematics program director earns prestigious fellowship

Long before he became a distinguished research professor of mathematics at Florida State University, Richard Bertram was a curious graduate student who joined the Society for Mathematical Biology in hopes of further connecting his interests and research in math and biology. He first attended the organization’s annual meeting in the early 1990s on his own, […]

FSU Department of Computer Science receives $4.2M to boost nation’s cybersecurity workforce

To help meet the growing demand for cybersecurity experts, the National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program has awarded Florida State University a $4.2 million grant to support students pursuing careers in cybersecurity. This is the second round of funding the Department of Computer Science has received to operate this program. “We are excited […]