Science & Technology

Five questions: FSU professor discusses his memory improving smart phone app

A study conducted by Florida State University Psychology Professor Chris Martin and a team of researchers at the University of Toronto, shows that a smart phone application they developed can enhance memory function in older adults.   Martin was the lead author on the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy […]

Chatterboxes: FSU researcher develops new model that shows how bacteria communicate

When bacteria interact, they give off cellular signals that can trigger a response in their neighbors, causing them to behave in different ways or produce different substances. For example, they can communicate to coordinate movement away from danger or to emit light to ward off predators. In new research published by Biophysical Reports, researchers from […]

Mirror Image: FSU study lays out chirality flipping theory

Chemists can make a career out of controlling whether certain molecules are generated as a lefty or a righty. Molecules don’t literally have hands, but scientists often refer to them in this way when looking at molecules that are mirror images of each other and therefore are not superimposable. And whether a molecule is a […]

FSU climate scientists receive Department of Energy funding to study greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands

Peatlands store a significant amount of the Earth’s carbon and have functioned as an important moderator of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for thousands of years. But as peatlands are lost to overextraction and affected by a warmer climate, the impact on these natural carbon scrubbers remains unclear. A team of researchers from Florida State […]

FSU researcher wins early career award from Swiss Chemical Society

A Florida State University researcher will receive the Grammaticakis-Neumann Prize from the Swiss Chemical Society. Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lea Nienhaus will receive the award for her work on light-matter interactions in hybrid semiconductors. The prize is awarded to a promising young scientist for outstanding work in the field of experimental or theoretical […]

Research reveals new insights into how Earth’s orbit influences seasonal cycles

Researchers have long been aware of the varying distance between Earth and the sun because of Earth’s elliptical orbit, but new research published in Nature coauthored by a Florida State University atmospheric scientist is shedding light for the first time on how this phenomenon impacts annual temperature cycles in the tropics. Alyssa Atwood, an assistant […]

Challenger Learning Center highlights STEM education for fifth-graders with screening of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

To help spark elementary school students’ interest in learning about science and technology, Leon County Schools turned to an untraditional place: the movie theater. Students from Hartsfield, Pineview and Woodville elementary schools visited the Challenger Learning Center on Friday for a screening of the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the sequel to the 2018 original. When […]

National MagLab secures increased NSF funding of $195 million

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory will receive $195.5 million over the next five years, a move that keeps the world’s most powerful magnet lab headquartered at Florida State University with partner sites at University of Florida and Los Alamos National Laboratory and supports groundbreaking discoveries using high field magnets. The National Science Foundation funding, authorized […]

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher named to National Academy of Inventors

A Florida State University researcher who pioneered power conversion technology has been named to the National Academy of Inventors. Fang Zheng Peng, distinguished professor in engineering, is one of 169 distinguished academic inventors who are part of this year’s NAI class. “I’m honored that the NAI would recognize my work, and I’m humbled to be […]

St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program at FSU Panama City selected for $1.3M grant to study estuarine restoration success

The Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP) will fund at least $1.3 million to support the St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program (SASJBEP) at FSU Panama City.   The grant will fund a multidisciplinary research project to study the success of estuarine restoration efforts and ecosystem services from Pensacola to St. […]

Here comes the sun: Research team mimics nature to create hydrogen fuel

The best answers to scientific questions can often be found in nature. A team of scientists from Florida State University and University of South Carolina have found a way to mimic photosynthesis — converting light energy into chemical fuel in the lab. Their study is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. “One […]

Seeing through her subject: FSU graduate student finds passion in study of fluorescent frogs

Courtney Whitcher always loved biology and learning about how things work. Little did she know that she’d find an interest in the world of biofluorescence and the world of amphibians. “And then a biofluorescent frog brought my two worlds together,” she said. Whitcher indeed has hopped into a glowing field as a doctoral candidate in […]