Science & Technology

FSU researchers find sun and rain transform asphalt binder into potentially toxic compounds

A dramatic oil spill, such as the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico a decade ago, can dominate headlines for months while scientists, policymakers and the public fret over what happens to all that oil in the environment. However, far less attention is paid to the fate of a petroleum product that has […]

FSU workshop on maize genome profiling leads to new study on corn flowering

A genomic mapping technique developed in part at Florida State University has played a crucial role in a new study aimed at understanding growth in corn, a major U.S. crop. Professor of Biological Science Hank Bass and colleagues at FSU have refined the technique, called chromatin sensitivity profiling, over the past decade. They used it […]

New FSU seismometer detects earthquakes around the world

The newly installed seismometer at Florida State University’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science is already helping scientists detect and analyze earthquakes around the globe. On June 23, just before 11:30 a.m., the seismometer recorded a magnitude 7.4 earthquake in southern Mexico, centered in the state of Oaxaca. The powerful quake left at least […]

FSU MagLab geochemists solve mystery of Earth’s vanishing crust

Thank goodness for the Earth’s crust: It is, after all, that solid, outermost layer of our planet that supports everything above it. But much of what happens below that layer remains a mystery, including the fate of sections of crust that vanish back into the Earth. Now, a team of geochemists based at the Florida State […]

FAMU and FSU researchers land $500K NSF grant for bio-adhesive study

Florida A&M and Florida State Universities are leveraging their unique partnership through the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering to create more learning opportunities for underrepresented students in engineering while also making improvements to existing medical applications. Researchers from the college, in collaboration with the FSU College of Medicine, have received a $500,000 grant from the National […]

FSU researchers net $200K NSF grant to study bat linked to COVID-19

A team of Florida State University researchers has received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create a global data set on the horseshoe bat, a possible source of the novel coronavirus plaguing nations worldwide.   Professor of Biological Science Austin Mast and College of Communication and Information digitization specialist Deborah Paul, along […]

The world on their backs: Loggerhead sea turtles host diverse community of miniature organisms

Editor’s note: The photographs of loggerhead sea turtles were taken during research activities permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (permit #MTP-18-239) under conditions not detrimental to these animals. Please do not attempt to recreate the content of these images without appropriate training and observation. These images were taken under red light and […]

FSU nuclear physics lab wins $5.7M NSF grant

Six physicists at Florida State University have received a $5.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their cutting-edge research in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics.   The grant supports operations of the John D. Fox Accelerator Laboratory at FSU and the research of professors Ingo Wiedenhoever, Samuel Tabor and Paul Cottle; assistant professors Sergio […]

Paint by atomic numbers: FSU chemistry professor teaches students the science behind art

During Picasso’s blue period, the famed Spanish artist had no trouble finding an array of hues to create spectacular paintings. But that wasn’t the case for artists prior to the 1700s until a pharmacist accidentally synthesized a cheap blue pigment, changing the landscape for painters and others. Stories like the history of the color blue and […]

FSU researchers develop innovative technique for 3D printing using magnets

Researchers from Florida State University’s High-Performance Materials Institute and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have developed and investigated a new technique for 3D printing that could produce much stronger materials that could be used in a variety of engineering applications. In a paper published in the journal Additive Manufacturing, recent engineering doctoral graduate Mahuparna Roy […]

FSU student awarded prestigious fellowship from U.S. Department of Energy

A Florida State University graduate student has earned an esteemed fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Judith Roth, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry, was one of 62 graduate students from across the nation selected for the DOE’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program. “Judy’s award is the recognition […]

FSU researcher detects unknown submarine landslides

A Florida State University researcher has used new detection methods to identify 85 previously unknown submarine landslides that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico between 2008 and 2015, leading to questions about the stability of oil rigs and other structures, such as pipelines built in the region. Assistant Professor Wenyuan Fan in the Department of Earth, Ocean […]