Science & Technology

Fertility of the sea: FSU researchers study how nutrient sources make it to the base of the food web

Virtually all marine life — fish, turtles, sharks, whales and more — depend on the marine food web for survival. The foundation of this immense flow of energy, however, rests on the shoulders of the microscopic, but mighty, phytoplankton. Without vital nutrients such as phosphorus, the growth of these tiny floating ocean plants is limited, […]

FSU chemist wins prestigious American Chemical Society award

A decorated Florida State University chemist has received another prestigious award from the American Chemical Society. Igor Alabugin, a Distinguished Research Professor with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was selected by the Florida chapter of the ACS to receive the 2022 Florida Award in recognition of his contributions to the chemistry field. “I am […]

‘Top Gun’ research: FSU’s FCAAP innovates at high speed for Florida’s aerospace industry

Walking out of the latest “Top Gun” movie, you might remember the iconic catchphrase, “I feel the need for speed.” Tom Cruise made the phrase famous in the original 1986 movie, but in real life, it’s scientists and engineers who are pushing the limits of aerodynamics. Take it from Rajan Kumar, director of the Florida […]

FSU researchers expand understanding of vortex spread in superfluids

An international team of scientists featuring Florida State University researchers has developed a model that predicts the spread of vortices in so-called superfluids, work that provides new insight into the physics that govern turbulence in quantum fluid systems such as superfluid neutron stars. In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers created a […]

Shine a light: New research shows how low-energy light can bend plastic

A team of Florida State University researchers has uncovered a way to use low-energy light to manipulate photopolymers or plastic films — a finding that has implications for a wide range of technologies that use light as an energy source to create shape-shifting structures. The research is published in the journal ACS Applied Polymer Materials […]

FSU chemistry doctoral student wins ACS award for research on recyclability

A Florida State University doctoral student has won an award from the American Chemical Society for her research aimed at improving methods to screen new materials for their potential to be recycled. Brianna Coia, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the FSU College of Arts and Sciences, is among the […]

FAMU-FSU Engineering students design four-legged lunar robot for NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge

Ever watch a cockroach scurry about, with its flat armored body that slips though cracks and then flies through the air? Before you swat that pesky creature, you might want to think about the engineering feat that insect just accomplished. That’s what Jonathan Clark does; it’s kind of a thing for the FAMU-FSU College of […]

Study: Humans responsible for over 90% of world’s oil slicks

A team of U.S. and Chinese scientists mapping oil pollution across the Earth’s oceans has found that more than 90% of chronic oil slicks come from human sources, a much higher proportion than previously estimated. Their research, published in Science, is a major update from previous investigations into marine oil pollution, which estimated that about […]

FSU Panama City taps pioneering talent developer to accelerate pathways to tech careers

Partnership with SkillStorm will enable FSU PC students to pursue industry-recognized credentials designed to boost career mobility Florida State University Panama City is partnering with SkillStorm, a tech talent accelerator, to launch technology-based training courses for students, alumni and professionals looking to advance their careers in the tech industry. This first-of-its-kind initiative aims to enable […]

FSU chemist pursues answers to why promising solar cell material quickly degrades

A Florida State University researcher is unraveling the intricacies of a material that scientists worldwide are trying to manipulate to build better solar cells. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lea Nienhaus has published a new study in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory that examines what happens when this material — called a halide perovskite — faces […]

Five questions: FSU sea turtle research informs environmental policies

June 16 is World Sea Turtle Day, an occasion to consider the role these creatures play in the marine ecosystem.  Florida State University Associate Professor Mariana Fuentes researches sea turtles and looks for ways to help turtles and humans coexist. She answered five questions about her work and how science can help inform public policy.  […]

FSU internal investment program helps faculty move from lab to market

Improved ceramics manufacturing, breakthrough medical screening tests and a more convenient way to detect nuclear particles earned funding from the latest round of a Florida State University program that helps researchers bring their work to the marketplace. FSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research awarded more than $167,000 to faculty members to continue research […]