Science & Technology

No lie! FSU researcher developing world’s first online polygraph

Can you spot a liar? It’s tricky enough in face-to-face conversations that offer facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice because those physical cues add context. Spotting a liar gets even tougher in blind computer conversations. Florida State University researcher Shuyuan Ho wants to shed those blinders by creating a revolutionary online polygraph. “The future […]

Why fly the coop? With shortage of mates, some birds choose to help others raise offspring

It’s not uncommon for young adults to pitch in and help out with the care of younger siblings. But it turns out that sometimes birds choose to become avian au pairs rather than raise their own brood. After a five-year experiment, researchers from Florida State University and the Tallahassee-based Tall Timbers Research Station found that […]

Research team discovers link between sodium and migraines before pain occurs

A Florida State University engineer and a team of researchers have found a link between migraines and how sodium is distributed through the brain, a finding that could be a key to future research on treatments for migraine sufferers. Sam Grant, an associate professor in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and Dr. Michael Harrington, director […]

FSU researchers discover a novel protein degradation pathway

Findings May Lead To Better Understanding of Muscular Dystrophy, Other Diseases The nucleus is a treasure trove of biological information that keeps the cell — and thus living organisms — ticking. But many processes within the nucleus remain a mystery to scientists. A Florida State University research team has uncovered one such mystery — how […]

When coral reefs change, researchers and local communities may not see eye to eye

Disturbances in coral reefs can trigger significant ecosystem shifts, but ecologists and local fishing populations may perceive those shifts in fundamentally different ways, according to a study from Florida State University researchers. This apparent disconnect between data-driven scientists and experience-driven fishing communities could have major implications for the management and resilience of coral reefs and […]

Red tide rolling: Harmful algae found to flourish in both high-, low-CO2 environments

The algae responsible for Florida’s toxic red tides may be more resilient to shifting ocean chemistry than scientists previously realized, according to research from Florida State University oceanographers. A new study has revealed that the red tide-causing species that has menaced Florida’s coastal environments and tourism-based economies is able to efficiently utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) […]

Climbing high: FSU robotics researchers look to cockroaches to understand what it means to run up walls

The way animals walk, jump, run and climb is an endless source of fascination for researchers. That includes robotics researchers who are taking inspiration from biology to build some of the fastest, most efficient robots — ones that could climb a 100-foot building in under a minute. Researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Jonathan […]

FSU receives $8 million to revive Apalachicola Bay

Initiative Funded By Economic Damages Recovered After BP Oil Spill Florida State University has been awarded nearly $8 million from Triumph Gulf Coast as part of a major 10-year initiative to restore Apalachicola Bay and revive the region’s imperiled oyster industry. The project — the Apalachicola Bay Systems Initiative — will be funded by a […]

Ancient rocks provide clues about Earth’s early history

Earth’s vast oceans started becoming oxygenated on large scales and great depths long before scientists previously recognized, according to new research from Arizona State University, Florida State University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and The University of Waterloo. Oxygen in the form of the oxygen molecule (O2), produced by plants and vital for animals, is thankfully […]

A feast for the mind and senses at National MagLab Open House

For some, science is an acquired taste. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory invites those folks, along with STEM fans of all ages across the Big Bend, to its annual Open House on Saturday, Feb. 23. There, science of every flavor will be available for sampling, from strawberry DNA to flying potatoes and from pickle […]

Across the spectrum: Researchers find way to stabilize color of light in next-gen material

A team of Florida State University physicists has found a way to stabilize the color of light being emitted from a promising class of next-generation materials that researchers believe could be the basis for efficient and more cost-effective optoelectronic technologies that can turn light into electricity or vice versa. The research is published in Nature […]

Seasons change: FSU researchers provide new definition for major Indian monsoon

Toward the end of every year, the Northeast Indian Monsoon (NEM) batters southern India with torrents of driving rain, but climatologists have never precisely defined when the monsoon begins and ends. Now, Florida State University Professor of Meteorology Vasu Misra has used detailed surface temperature analyses to identify the start and end dates of the […]