Science & Technology

Grant increases minority scientists’ access to Magnet Lab’s facilities

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been awarded a $1.5-million, one-year collaborative grant from the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) to increase the involvement of minority scientists and their students in cutting-edge research. The award will establish and enhance strong experimental and theoretical research opportunities at […]

Magnet lab collaboration yields ‘R&D 100’ honor

When it comes to learning more about the fundamental nature of matter, a little goes a long way toward advancing science and discovery: The smaller the measurement, the better the results. That’s the thinking behind an innovation that has landed a National High Magnetic Field Laboratory scientist a share of a prestigious international award. Often […]

Online learning’s frontier: Researcher gives computers a ‘human’ face

The friendly facial expressions, the soothing hand gestures, the coolly intelligent voice: Put them all together, and she is both disarmingly lifelike and surprisingly persuasive. And while she can’t actually shake your hand in greeting, the unnamed, computer-generated character and her troupe of animated friends can be judiciously designed for online learning—at least if one […]

FSU professor documents Christianity’s history of healing

The concept of healing, both physical and spiritual, has been a central theme of Christianity going all the way back to the time of Jesus Christ. In her new book, "Healing in the History of Christianity," Florida State University religion Professor Amanda Porterfield examines the ways in which this theme of healing has evolved over […]

FSU researcher’s device provides a major boost to adult stem cell research

A single cell with the potential to repair damaged heart muscle tissue…regenerate injured bone…create new cartilage or skin…even reverse nerve damage. Human stem cells offer tremendous hope for the development of revolutionary medical treatments for these and a variety of other human health problems. Up until now, however, stem cell research has been slowed by […]

What does ‘almost nothing’ weigh? FSU physicist aims to find out

If subatomic particles had personalities, neutrinos would be the ultimate wallflowers. One of the most basic particles of matter in the universe, they’ve been around for 14 billion years and permeate every inch of space, but they’re so inconceivably tiny that they’ve been called "almost nothing" and pass straight through things—for example, the Earth—without a […]

Two FSU chemists receive prestigious academic honor

Two professors in FSU’s department of chemistry and biochemistry—Michael S. Chapman and Joseph B. Schlenoff—have been elevated to the rank of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In bestowing the honor, which was announced in the Oct. 28 issue of Science, the AAAS recognized Chapman "for fundamental studies of the […]

Magnet Lab hosts international photomicrography competition

It’s a small world, after all. A really, really small world. And much of what we know about it is learned through the ever-advancing technology of microscopes. That microscopic world was celebrated this month when Nikon announced the winners of its "Small World Competition," which recognizes excellence in photography though the microscope. The National High […]

FSU researcher’s “buckypaper” is stronger than steel at a fraction of the weight

Working with a material 10 times lighter than steel—but 250 times stronger—would be a dream come true for any engineer. If this material also had amazing properties that made it highly conductive of heat and electricity, it would start to sound like something out of a science fiction novel. Yet one Florida State University research […]

FSU biologists describe key role of signal-transcribing gene in Alzheimer’s, other ills

Biologists at Florida State University have uncovered the pivotal role of a gene called "Cut" that acts as a sort of middleman in cell-to-cell communication. A DNA-binding protein, Cut interprets and transcribes the developmental signals sent through the "Notch" gene, which regulates a layer of epithelial cells as they replicate and divide. But when Cut […]

The shape of things to come: Morphology database going global

A Florida State University researcher who specializes in the evolutionary history of wasps is now creating a buzz about a new way for scientists to store, share and study plant and animal images. Fredrik Ronquist, a professor in the School of Computational Sciences, is one of the founders of MorphBank, an international Web database that […]

FSU takes a major scientific step forward, lures Applied Superconductivity Center from Wisconsin

It’s a major coup for Florida State University—and one that holds significant potential for breakthroughs in a variety of scientific endeavors. "It" is Florida State’s new Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC), which soon will be setting up shop in Tallahassee’s Innovation Park, near the Florida A&M University-FSU College of Engineering and across the street from the […]