Science & Technology

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 […]

FSU College of Arts and Sciences announces new interdisciplinary data science program

Florida State University’s College of Arts and Sciences has announced the launch of a new interdisciplinary graduate program that will welcome its first students in Fall 2021.  The FSU Interdisciplinary Data Science Master’s Degree Program, or IDS, leverages FSU’s strengths in computer science, mathematics, scientific computing and statistics to prepare students for contemporary careers in […]

FSU researchers develop battery component that uses compound from plants

A Florida State University research team has developed a way to use a material found in plants to help create safer batteries. Using the organic polymer lignin — a compound in the cell walls of plants that makes them rigid — the team was able to create battery electrolytes. Their research was published as the […]

MagLab Open House 2021 moves online

The Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s annual open house will move to the virtual realm for 2021 with 20 live virtual events, an expansion of the lab’s traditional one-day extravaganza. From Feb. 19 through March 6, science lovers across the world will be able to connect with MagLab scientists to experience all that the lab has […]

Pandemic moves ‘Ask a Scientist’ event to digital realm

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, Florida State University Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Ken Hanson strategized how to continue his popular “Ask a Scientist,” a monthly event where the community engages with scientists and can ask questions about anything from molecular chemistry to dinosaurs to child development. His lifelong love for gaming led him to develop “Ask […]

FSU professor receives USDA grants to help develop food safety tests

A Florida State University researcher has received two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop tests that will uncover adulterated or contaminated foods. “These projects will protect against contamination of the food supply that may cause wide-scale public health harm,” said Qinchun Rao, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and […]

International study shows asteroids as past, possible future water source

A Florida State University geochemist was part of an international team that published startling evidence that a type of meteorite — fragments of ancient asteroids that land on Earth — shows signs it contained liquid water no more than a million years ago. Scientists have long hypothesized meteorites delivered water from asteroids to Earth in the solar system’s infancy. […]

The strategic position: How molecules sit on surfaces drives energy and electron transfer

Florida State University researchers seeking to make newer, more energy efficient materials have made a breakthrough in understanding how structure dictates electron transfer across surfaces.  It all has to do with how the molecules are positioned.  Ken Hanson, associate professor of chemistry, and his colleagues found that the way molecules assemble on an inorganic material plays a key role in how energy and electrical current move across […]