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FSU researchers find La Niña increases carbon export from Amazon River

When La Niña brings unusually warm waters and abnormal air pressure to the Pacific Ocean, the resulting weather patterns create an increase in the carbon export from the Amazon River, new research from Florida State University has found. In a normal year, the Amazon River exports about 10% of the world’s riverine dissolved organic carbon […]

FSU neuroscientist collaborates on international obesity research

The World Health Organization confirms that the worldwide obesity rate has tripled since 1975, with 39 percent of adults considered overweight and 13 percent considered obese as of 2016. Now, a Florida State University professor is teaming up with researchers from across the pond to answer some of the most pressing questions surrounding obesity and its available […]

FSU biology doctoral candidate earns prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship

A Florida State University biological science doctoral student has received an international fellowship to study coral reefs and parrotfish in France this fall.   Marine ecologist Joshua Manning will use the Chateaubriand Fellowship to collaborate with Simon Benhamou, CNRS Research Director at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CEFE, the largest French research center in Ecology and […]

FSU experts available to discuss history, preparation and impact of Olympic Games

After a year’s delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics will commence at the end of July to much fanfare, but with no actual fans in the stands.   The games begin July 23 and run through Aug. 8.   Florida State University researchers are available to assist reporters who are covering the Summer Olympics. Researchers with expertise in sports psychology, […]

Lighting the way: FSU researchers develop method to help chemists synthesize natural products

Sometimes the path to tackle one question in science leads to an answer on a totally different question.  That is what happened when a team of Florida State University researchers began looking for ways to synthesize natural products that could potentially serve as a treatment for cancer and neurological diseases.   In doing that work, Assistant Professor of […]

FSU researchers receive NSF grant to investigate quantum effects in a potential hybrid semiconductor

A fascinating hybrid organic-inorganic compound has shown remarkable promise over the past few years as a material for light-emitting and solar devices. But while researchers have rushed to fine-tune that material’s properties, it’s possible they missed out on a lot of other unique aspects to this compound, said Florida State University Associate Professor of Physics Hanwei Gao. “People have been focused on […]

FSU researchers find most nitrogen in Gulf of Mexico comes from coastal waters

Almost all of the nitrogen that fertilizes life in the open ocean of the Gulf of Mexico is carried into the gulf from shallower coastal areas, researchers from Florida State University found. The work, published in Nature Communications, is crucial to understanding the food web of that ecosystem, which is a spawning ground for several […]

Snowed in: Research team finds Arctic was dinosaur nursery

Long-standing images of dinosaurs as cold-blooded creatures needing tropical temperatures could be a relic of the past.  University of Alaska Fairbanks and Florida State University paleontologists have found that nearly all types of dinosaurs — from small bird-like forms to the giant tyrannosaurus — not only reproduced in the region, but also remained there year-round.  […]

Mysteries of the heart: FSU researchers find small mutation disrupts protein network, causing heart disease

Each day the average human heart beats 100,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood. It’s a process that is critical to life, and yet it often goes awry for unknown reasons.   “Despite knowing a lot about muscle contraction and the heart in particular, there are still a number of questions scientists have about the underlying structures and […]

Florida Center for Reading Research draws on multiple disciplines to advance the science of reading 

The state of reading and writing is a crisis in the United States. In 2019, only 35% of fourth-grade students performed at or above the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading-proficiency level. Ignited by that somber statistic, the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) at Florida State University is using its extensive network to advance […]

Researchers reveal complex ecosystem changes cause more greenhouse gases to be emitted from peatlands

Peatlands, which make up 3 percent of Earth’s total land area, are known by a number of names — moors, mires, bogs, swamps and portions of permafrost tundra. They also store a significant amount of the Earth’s carbon. A research team from Florida State University and Georgia Institute of Technology are paying close attention to these complicated systems […]

Ancient coins discovered by FSU team on view now in Italian exhibition

A treasure trove of ancient Roman silver coins discovered by a team from Florida State University is now on display to the public for the first time in Italy. “Treasure of Chianti” is on view now through Sept. 3 at the Museum of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, Italy. The exhibit features 194 silver coins unearthed […]