Science & Technology

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 […]

From the materials lab to Doak Campbell Stadium

How A Foam Developed By Florida State Researchers Made It Onto The Feet Of FSU Football, Softball Players When a technology developed by university researchers is licensed and integrated into a commercial product, that’s considered a resounding success. But when that same product eventually benefits student-athletes at the researchers’ own university, that’s cause for special […]

FSU chemists harness power of light to tackle asymmetrical molecules

Just like people, molecules can be left- or right-handed. No, molecules do not actually have hands. But scientists refer to them in this way when looking at asymmetric molecules that are mirror images of one another and therefore are not superimposable. Whether a molecule is a “lefty” or “righty” also influences how they behave — […]

FSU researchers: Variations in seafloor create freak ocean waves

Florida State University researchers have found that abrupt variations in the seafloor can cause dangerous ocean waves known as rogue or freak waves — waves so catastrophic that they were once thought to be the figments of seafarers’ imaginations. “These are huge waves that can cause massive destruction to ships or infrastructure, but they are […]

FSU team breaks new ground in study of malignant pediatric brain tumor

Scientists are making important progress in the battle against a class of devilishly complex human pediatric brain cancers thanks to a new study from a team of Florida State University students and faculty. Among young children, there’s no brain tumor more common than medulloblastoma. But no specific and effective therapy yet exists for this dangerous […]

FSU CAPS researcher to receive prestigious engineering award

A Florida State University researcher is being recognized for his significant contributions to naval engineering through his groundbreaking work at FSU’s Center for Advanced Power Systems. Michael “Mischa” Steurer will receive the Solberg Award from the American Society of Naval Engineers for significant contributions to naval engineering. The award is named for Rear Adm. Thorwald […]

FSU to host Nobel winner for lecture on science education

Florida State University will host Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, a renowned physicist and educator, to discuss his research-based approach to science education and how new practices can provide more effective learning for college-level science students. Wieman’s lecture, “Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education,” will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the College of Medicine Durell Peaden […]