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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 […]

RIDER Center helps communities plan for the threats from natural disasters

In some places in Florida and around the country, there is a time before the storm and a time after. Andrew in South Florida. Michael in the Panhandle. Maria in Puerto Rico. Katrina along the Gulf Coast. These hurricanes killed many and caused billions of dollars in damage. They challenged the resilience of the communities […]

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 […]

FSU ranked among top universities for patent production

Florida State University is among the world’s top universities for creating patented technology, according to a new report from the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. FSU was ranked 84th worldwide among universities for producing U.S. utility patents in 2020. The university produced 35 such patents. The report uses data obtained from the U.S. […]

FSU launches Big Bets initiative to tackle big questions

Florida State University has launched a new initiative designed to amplify centers and institutes that are doing high-profile, public-impact research and connect them with donors interested in pursuing big questions. The initiative, Big Bets, is being led by interim Vice President for Research Laurel Fulkerson. “Big Bets requires faculty to look several years, perhaps even a […]

FSU physics professor wins early career award from Department of Energy

A Florida State University researcher has received an award from the Department of Energy to conduct cutting-edge research on quantum materials and optical physics. Assistant Professor of Physics Guangxin Ni was selected to receive the award as part of the DOE’s Early Career Research Program. Under the program, university-based researchers will receive $150,000 annually over […]

Engineering researcher gets NSF award for 3D imaging technology to advance quantum fluid research

Superfluids are one of the 20th century’s most fascinating and important discoveries. Their study is the basis of Nobel Prize-winning work, and they hold promise for better electricity transmission and may even help answer the secrets of the universe with their mysterious “quantum fluid” properties. Wei Guo, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the […]

FSU researchers uncover new role for strange organisms in ocean food web

Florida State University researchers have more insight into a strange sea creature found in oceans around the world and what their presence means for the health of a marine ecosystem. Scientists have thought that salps — small marine organisms that look like clear, gelatinous blobs — competed for resources with krill, shrimp-like creatures that are […]