Science & Technology

FSU food scientist is lead scholar in trade negotiations with China

After mad cow disease was twice detected in North American livestock in 2003, The People’s Republic of China banned imports of all U.S. meat by-products. The cost to U.S. industry: 25 percent of meat-bone-meal (MBM) exports and almost $30 million a year. A possible key to resumption of that once-burgeoning trade: FloridaState University researcher Yun-Hwa […]

FSU magnet lab pulling in U.S. students, teachers for summer research

Some of the world’s most advanced research is taking place at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, where scientists are pushing the boundaries of human knowledge in the fields of physics, biology, bioengineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, materials science and engineering. This summer, those same scientists are taking on another task: mentoring some of the nation’s […]

FSU researchers find ‘magic’ at the subatomic level

Do you believe in magic? Nuclear physicists at Florida State University do—and their work is helping to provide a better understanding of how all matter in the universe was, and continues to be, created. Ingo Wiedenhoever, an assistant professor of physics at FSU, and graduate student Joel Fridmann have authored a paper describing an experiment […]

FSU technology bringing peace and quiet back to Wakulla Springs

As the home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park south of Tallahassee is a natural paradise that plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, deer, turtles and birds. Now, with the help of scientists from Florida State University, the park is […]

FSU meteorologists’ work may lead to better tracking of hurricanes

Scientists are continually exploring different aspects of hurricanes to increase their understanding of how they behave. Recently, two NASA-funded scientists from Florida State University analyzed ozone levels surrounding hurricanes. Their work could lead to better methods of forecasting the paths of the deadly storms. In their study, FSU meteorologists Xiaolei Zou and Yonghui Wu found […]

FSU professor joins Nobel Laureate campaign on future of humanity

Florida State University’s Sir Harry Kroto, Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry and Nobel Laureate, joined the Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton and a host of other Nobel Prize winners who met with actor Richard Gere for a recent conference aimed at righting the wrongs of modern humanity. King Abdullah of Jordan hosted the two-day […]

FSU researchers mold new material to protect troops

When it comes to protecting America’s combat troops in battle, research under way at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering could be a lifesaver. Under a partnership with Armor Holdings, Inc. of Jacksonville, FSU researchers are developing and testing first-of-its-kind body armor for soldiers’ arms and legs that could reduce fatalities and […]

FSU scientist plays key role in search for new state of matter

You think you’re focused on the big picture? You obviously haven’t met Anthony Frawley. Frawley, a research physicist at Florida State University, is a key player in a national research project that is offering new insights into the formation of the universe and the fundamental properties of matter. The knowledge being yielded touches the entire […]

FSU superconductivity researcher elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Florida State University physicist Lev P. Gor’kov, a distinguished researcher at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences—one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. Gor’kov, who is internationally known for his pioneering work in the field of superconductivity, is one […]

L’Oreal USA honors FSU scientist

L’Oreal USA has awarded a $20,000 fellowship to Stacey Lynn Halpern, a postdoctoral researcher in biology at FSU as part of the firm’s for Women in Science program. Halpern is one of just five exceptional young women scientists from leading U.S. academic institutions selected for the grant. The award from L’Oreal acknowledges the success of […]

National Magnet Laboratory completes new record magnet

Users of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory soon will have a new state-of-the-art magnet system for their research in physics and materials science. Engineers at the facility, led by project leader Mark Bird, recently tested a specially designed, 31-tesla-powered magnet that has a 50-millimeter experimental space. The magnet is the highest field DC magnet […]

Is a bigger ant a better ant? FSU biologist tests 150-year-old evolutionary question

The small tepee-like tents draped over 130 fire ant mounds surrounding a picturesque country pond may resemble more a re-creation of a community of pint-sized natives than scientific research. But science it is—in fact a manipulation of Mother Nature. Florida State University biologist Walter Tschinkel wants to know if there are benefits to nature’s practice […]