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Population only part of tornado casualty story

New research out of Florida State University shows that the strength of a tornado has a significantly larger effect than population on the number of casualties. “It’s somewhat surprising because we’re led to believe it’s just a problem with exposure — the more people in the way the more casualties,” said James Elsner, chair of […]

The secrets behind T-rex’s bone crushing bites: Researchers find T-rex could crush 8,000 pounds

The giant Tyrannosaurus rex pulverized bones by biting down with forces equaling the weight of three small cars while simultaneously generating world record tooth pressures, according to a new study by a Florida State University-Oklahoma State University research team. In a study published today in Scientific Reports, Florida State University Professor of Biological Science Gregory […]

FSU technology cracks, fixes passwords

Software Builds Stronger Passwords to Protect Against Hacks Inside the E-Crime Investigative Technologies Laboratory at Florida State University, researchers are focused on one mission — to develop the most sophisticated software possible to crack passwords. “We rely on passwords for many activities – online shopping, banking, and storing medical information,” said Sudhir Aggarwal, a professor in […]

New plutonium discovery lights way for FSU chemistry professor’s work to clean up nuclear waste

Plutonium has long been part of many countries’ nuclear energy strategies, but scientists are still unlocking the mysteries behind this complicated element and seeing how they can use heavier, nuclear elements to clean up nuclear waste.  Now, new research by Florida State University Professor Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt shows that plutonium doesn’t exactly work the way scientists […]

FSU names new director of Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion

Florida State University Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander has named FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Professor Lou Cattafesta the new director of the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion. “I cannot think of a better choice to lead FCAAP into the future,” Ostrander said. “Lou’s excellent scholarship and experience as a researcher, teacher and mentor […]

Engineering student wins prestigious Udall Scholarship

A Florida State University environmental engineering major has been selected as a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Udall Scholarship.  David Perez, a junior from Homestead, Fla., who has established himself as a thoughtful and prodigious researcher at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, will receive a cash stipend of up to $7,000. Udall Scholars are selected […]

Making the numbers work: Researchers use math to develop personalized chemo treatments

A team of Florida State University researchers is using mathematical modeling to find the best and most effective chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients. Associate Professor of Statistics Jinfeng Zhang, his former graduate student Kaixian Yu and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Qing-Xiang “Amy” Sang have developed statistical models that rank chemotherapy treatment options for patients […]

Rising carbon dioxide levels, ocean acidity may change crucial marine process

Climate change may be putting cyanobacteria that are crucial to the functioning of the ocean at risk as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases and the acidity of ocean water changes. In a paper published Thursday in Science, a team of researchers from Florida State University, Xiamen University in China and Princeton […]

FSU technologies highlighted in economic growth report

Two companies born from Florida State University research are among those highlighted in a new report from the university research advocacy group The Science Coalition. The report, “American-Made Innovation Sparking Economic Growth” identifies 102 companies that trace their roots to federally funded university research.  In particular, the report mentions two companies that have commercialized Florida […]

National Science Foundation awards FSU graduate students prestigious fellowships

A record number of Florida State University students have received the highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The NSF chose eight FSU students — a record high for the university — for this prestigious fellowship. Additionally, two students who have signaled their intent to attend FSU for graduate school also have […]

Marine Lab opens doors for spring open house

The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory is opening its doors this Saturday for its 2017 open house with the theme Coastal Literacy: Connecting Marine Science and Society. “We’re opening our doors to let people see what kind of work we do,” said Felicia Coleman, director of the Marine Lab. “It’s important that the […]

FSU hires eminent scientist to join Applied Superconductivity Center

Florida State University is adding another eminent scientist to its ranks by hiring an accomplished expert in the field of applied superconductivity. Lance Cooley, a scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), will join the Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC) at the FSU-based National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. He will also have a faculty appointment […]