Science & Technology

Slimy chemical clues: Changing algae could alter ecosystems

Colorful, hardened algae that dot the ocean floor from Alaska to Mexico often set the tone for which plant and invertebrate species inhabit a given ecological community. But as rising temperatures change the chemistry of ocean waters, a Florida State University researcher said these almost rock-like organisms called coralline algae are changing too. That could […]

FSU’s Center for Anchored Phylogenomics changes the way we study evolution

Florida State University’s Center for Anchored Phylogenomics is using a cutting-edge research technique to answer a question that scientists have labored over lucklessly for generations: How do we produce enough genetic data to construct an accurate evolutionary tree quickly and cost effectively? Thanks to the development of a specialized gene sampling technique by center co-directors […]

FSU nuclear physics lab to receive $1.7M for nuclear science workforce development

A team of Florida State University physicists will receive $1.7 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration over the next five years to help boost the nation’s nuclear science workforce. Physics Professors Ingo Wiedenhoever, Paul Cottle, Mark Riley, Samuel Tabor, Assistant Professor Sergio Almaraz-Calderon and research faculty Anthony Frawley operate the John D. Fox Superconducting […]

In the ocean’s twilight zone, tiny organisms may have giant effect on Earth’s carbo cycle

Deep in the ocean’s twilight zone, swarms of ravenous single-celled organisms may be altering Earth’s carbon cycle in ways scientists never expected, according to a new study from Florida State University researchers. In the area 100 to 1,000 meters below the ocean’s surface — dubbed the twilight zone because of its largely impenetrable darkness — […]

Florida high school students get a taste of college life with Young Scholars Program

Rising high school seniors are spending their summer getting a head start on the college experience through a unique Florida State University program that allows them to get a taste of college science and math classes. The Florida State University Young Scholars program, founded in 1983, brings 40 students to campus from mid-June to mid-July […]

FSU researchers use artificial intelligence to identify, predict new chemical compounds

A team of Florida State University researchers is using artificial intelligence to identify which among hundreds of thousands of hypothetical crystal structures can result in the prediction of new chemical compounds. It’s a move that could radically change how chemists identify, test and study potential new compounds for any variety of materials, medicines or other […]

FSU research: Zika suppresses virus-fighting cells

New Study Examines Cellular, Molecular Differences Between Dengue, Zika More than two years after reports of skyrocketing Zika rates surfaced worldwide, questions still loom about this complicated virus. Florida State University researchers are one step closer to finding answers. In an article published today in the journal Stem Cell Reports, Professor of Biological Science Hengli […]

Shining the light: FSU researchers use photons to separate metal ions

A Florida State University research team is using a simple, readily available energy source to separate metal ions, a process that could help purify water or even recycle nuclear waste. The source? Light. Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Kenneth Hanson and postdoctoral researcher Sahan Salpage outline their strategy in a new journal article published […]

Breakthrough synthesis strategy could mean wave of new medicinal compounds

In pharmacology, not all molecular structures are created equal. Some frameworks are overrepresented in nature, making them especially attractive to scientists on the hunt for more effective drugs. One such structure, known to scientists as the carbocyclic 5-8-5 fused ring system, is notoriously difficult to produce using conventional laboratory methods, and researchers have therefore been […]

GAP awards to help FSU faculty push research into marketplace

Two teams led by Florida State University faculty members have received funding from the university to adapt pioneering research into cutting-edge commercial products. The researchers have been awarded targeted financial support following their successful presentations at FSU’s biannual GAP competition, an event organized by the Office of the Vice President for Research where entrants pitch […]

Defying gravity: FSU professor’s work to be conducted at International Space Station

A Florida State University professor’s latest experiments will take place far above the Earth when astronauts at the International Space Station begin working with FSU on what’s called a chemical garden. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Oliver Steinbock will send materials for experiments to the International Space Station in June aboard a Falcon 9 rocket […]

Center for Advanced Power Systems and Advanced Conductor Technologies demonstrate new superconducting power cable

Florida State University’s Center for Advanced Power Systems and the Colorado-based Advanced Conductor Technologies LLC are taking a big step in the world of superconductor technology that could have major implications for naval, aviation and power grid applications. Through a grant program that encourages private industry to partner with university scientists, a research team from […]