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Released: 12-May-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Building better beans to fight food insecurity
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As climate change heats up the air and land making them hotter and dryer, warmer nighttime temperatures make it more difficult to grow beans -- a critical source of protein for populations. Researchers are working against this to build more resilient beans.

Released: 11-May-2021 3:45 PM EDT
This stinks: New research finds sense of smell and pneumonia linked
Michigan State University

An acute loss of smell is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19, but for two decades it has been linked to other maladies among them Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Now, a poor sense of smell may signify a higher risk of pneumonia in older adults, says a team of Michigan State University researchers.

Released: 3-May-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Need to vent? Turn to real-life support, not social media
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Social media may make it easier for people to engage online, but I does not provide certain benefits of real-life human interactions, says a Michigan State University researcher.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 4:15 PM EDT
A silver lining for extreme electronics
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Tomorrow’s cutting-edge technology will need electronics that can tolerate extreme conditions. That’s why a group of researchers led by Michigan State University’s Jason Nicholas is building stronger circuits today. Nicholas and his team have developed more heat resilient silver circuitry with an assist from nickel. The team described the work, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Program, on April 15 in the journal Scripta Materialia. The types of devices that the MSU team is working to benefit — next-generation fuel cells, high-temperature semiconductors and solid oxide electrolysis cells — could have applications in the auto, energy and aerospace industries.

5-Apr-2021 3:00 PM EDT
To intervene or not to intervene? That is the future climate question
Michigan State University

Nine of the hottest years in human history have occurred in the past decade. Without a major shift in this climate trajectory, the future of life on Earth is in question, which poses a new question: Should humans, whose fossil fueled society is driving climate change, use technology to put the brakes on global warming? Michigan State University community ecologist Phoebe Zarnetske is co-lead of the Climate Intervention Biology Working Group, a team of internationally recognized experts in climate science and ecology that is bringing science to bear on the question and consequences of geoengineering a cooler Earth.

Released: 15-Mar-2021 2:20 PM EDT
New study: U.S. faces uphill struggle compared to U.K. in COVID-19 vaccination rates
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Just 51% of Americans expressed a clear willingness to take the COVID-19 vaccine compared to 71% of residents in the United Kingdom, according to a new study conducted by Michigan State University's Quello Center during the first nine months of the pandemic. “The data suggests that due to the confusion that existed in American politics, with even our leaders at the highest levels casting doubt on the pandemic, the scientific message was muddled in the U.S., whereas in the U.K. there was a unifying voice,” said Johannes Bauer, director of MSU’s Quello Center and co-principal investigator on the research.

Released: 15-Mar-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Global river flow contingent upon climate change
Michigan State University

New study shows that as climate change impacts extreme river flows, it could be worsening flooding or increasing water scarcity during dry seasons

Released: 15-Mar-2021 10:05 AM EDT
New report: Pre-pandemic literacy has improved but will students be retained?
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Third grade literacy has improved in Michigan according to a new report on Michigan’s Read by Grade 3 law from Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, the strategic research partner of the Michigan Department of Education. But progress is threatened because of insufficient targeted funding and concerns that students have fallen behind during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 10-Mar-2021 12:35 PM EST
New IceCube detection proves 60-year-old theory
Michigan State University

Normally, electron antineutrino would zip right through the Earth at the speed of light as if it weren’t even there. But this particle just so happened to smash into an electron deep inside the South Pole’s glacial ice, and was caught by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. This enabled IceCube to make the first ever detection of a Glashow resonance event, a phenomenon predicted 60 years ago by Nobel laureate physicist Sheldon Glashow.

Released: 25-Feb-2021 2:35 PM EST
Survey reveals racial, political differences in COVID-19 responses
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A study from Michigan State University that found in spite of Black Americans’ attitudes toward proper precautions, they are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and White people are less likely to fall ill.

Released: 10-Feb-2021 5:35 PM EST
1918 influenza signals warning for potential future pandemic reemergence
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As we struggle to vaccinate faster than COVID variants spread, new research from Michigan State University used health data following the initial 1918 influenza spike to provide insights to what “pandemic reemergence” will look like for our future.

Released: 8-Feb-2021 2:00 PM EST
Uncovering how some corals resist bleaching
Michigan State University

Climate change is bleaching and killing corals, but researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Hawaii are investigating how some can stand up to a warming world.

Released: 28-Jan-2021 10:55 AM EST
Livestock workers face high MRSA risk
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For Michigan State University’s Felicia Wu, the surprise isn’t that people who work with livestock are at higher risk of picking up antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but instead how much higher their risk levels are. “This is a bit of a wakeup call,” said Wu, John. A Hannah Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. “I don’t think there was much awareness that swine workers are at such high risk, for example. Or that large animal vets are also at extremely high risk.”

Released: 27-Jan-2021 12:05 PM EST
Psychologists track child psychopathology from before birth
Michigan State University

The first study of its kind will advance research on the effects of prenatal and postnatal stress on child psychopathology.

22-Jan-2021 4:05 PM EST
Nanomedicine’s ‘crown’ is ready for its close up
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An international team of researchers led by Michigan State University’s Morteza Mahmoudi has developed a new method to better understand how nanomedicines — emerging diagnostics and therapies that are very small yet very intricate — interact with patients’ biomolecules.

Released: 11-Jan-2021 3:30 PM EST
New climate change study: Number of people suffering extreme droughts will double
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Michigan State University is leading a global research effort to offer the first worldwide view of how climate change could affect water availability and drought severity in the decades to come. By the late 21st century, global land area and population facing extreme droughts could more than double — increasing from 3% during 1976-2005 to 7%-8%, according to Yadu Pokhrel, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in MSU’s College of Engineering, and lead author of the research published in Nature Climate Change.

Released: 8-Jan-2021 11:15 AM EST
How ‘Iron Man’ bacteria could help protect the environment
Michigan State University

Researchers show that microbes are capable of an incredible feat that could help reclaim a valuable natural resource and soak up toxic pollutants.

Released: 16-Dec-2020 3:30 PM EST
Expert: What is the Great Conjunction?
Michigan State University

Contact: Kim Ward, University Communications: (517) 432-0117, , Zach Richardson, University Communications: (517) 281-5786, Dec. 16, 2020 Ask the Expert: The Great Conjunction EAST LANSING, Mich. – As the world continues to turn during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are settling in for a holiday season unlike any other in recent memory. One that, on its face, seems to lack the usual magic of holidays in the past. That would be the case, if not for the once-in-a-lifetime Great Conjunction that will occur on Dec. 21. A Great Conjunction that many are calling the “Christmas Star.” Shannon Schmoll, director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University, offers her insight on the astronomical event that will be sure to brighten the holidays. What is a conjunction? Or what qualifies something as a conjunction? A conjunction at its most basic is when two objects, such as planets, pass each other in the sky. The more specific answer, h

Released: 9-Dec-2020 12:05 PM EST
Study connects diabetes, air pollution to interstitial lung disease
Michigan State University

A new study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives connects insulin resistance and repetitive ozone exposure to the development of interstitial lung disease.

Released: 3-Dec-2020 2:35 PM EST
Supernova surprise creates elemental mystery
Michigan State University

Michigan State University researchers have discovered that one of the most important reactions in the universe can get a huge and unexpected boost inside exploding stars known as supernovae.

Released: 11-Nov-2020 11:05 AM EST
Scientists discover possible genetic target for treating endometriosis
Michigan State University

Michigan State University researchers have identified a potential genetic target for treating an especially painful and invasive form of endometriosis.

Released: 10-Nov-2020 2:25 PM EST
Teens with autism to learn job skills from virtual training tool
Michigan State University

A team of researchers from Michigan State University, University of Michigan and tech-training company SIMmersion received a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop a virtual reality training tool for youth with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, to improve their social skills as they transition from high school to the workforce.

Released: 29-Oct-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Machine learning helps hunt for COVID-19 therapies
Michigan State University

Michigan State University Foundation Professor Guowei Wei wasn’t preparing machine learning techniques for a global health crisis. Still, when one broke out, he and his team were ready to help.

Released: 28-Oct-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Liquid nanofoam could be a game changer for future football helmets
Michigan State University

A liquid nanofoam liner undergoing testing could prolong the safe use of football helmets, says a Michigan State University researcher.

Released: 28-Oct-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Halloween predicted to be down 41% this year
Michigan State University

New data from Michigan State University predicts that trick-or-treating could be down approximately 41% for households with children under 14 due to COVID-19.

Released: 23-Sep-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Q&A: What’s in store for retailers during a pandemic holiday season?
Michigan State University

The 2020 holiday season, much like the majority of the year, will be like none other before. But what does this mean for retailers? Simone Peinkofer, assistant professor of supply chain management at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business, discusses what holiday consumerism may look like for consumers and retailers alike.

Released: 16-Sep-2020 12:50 PM EDT
The unintended consequence of becoming an empathetic person
Michigan State University

People generally want to improve on things like being more emotionally connected to others, but researchers found that this leads to changes in their political souls as well.

Released: 6-Aug-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Placebos prove powerful...even when people know they're taking one
Michigan State University

A team of researchers from Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Dartmouth College is the first to demonstrate that placebos reduce brain markers of emotional distress even when people know they are taking one.

Released: 23-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
When it comes to happiness, what's love got to do with it?
Michigan State University

How accurate was William Shakespeare when he said, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all,"? Researchers from Michigan State University conducted one of the first studies of its kind to quantify the happiness of married, formerly married and single people at the end of their lives to find out just how much love and marriage played into overall well-being.

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Released: 21-Jul-2020 8:05 PM EDT
Powerful human-like hands create safer human-robotics interactions
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Need a robot with a soft touch? A team of Michigan State University engineers has designed and developed a novel humanoid hand that may be able to help.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 10:20 AM EDT
Can't get off of Snapchat or Facebook? Research reveals differences between platforms
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Researchers from Michigan State University and California State University-Fullerton conducted the first study comparing problematic use between Facebook and Snapchat — while also uncovering surprising findings about users' personality traits.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Study shows humans are optimists for most of life
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Researchers from Michigan State University led the largest study of its kind to determine how optimistic people are in life and when, as well as how major life events affect how optimistic they are about the future.

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Well-off countries need trade to cut environmental woes
Michigan State University

International trade wins and losses don't just show up in the stock market, but also on a nation's environmental sustainability scores, a new study in Nature Sustainability shows.

Released: 29-Jun-2020 4:40 PM EDT
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood ... or is it?
Michigan State University

Contrary to what many would think, characteristics of your neighborhood have little to do with how satisfied you are with it, Michigan State University research found.

Released: 21-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Protecting yourself from the latest internet sex crime
Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University released a study on “sextortion” – a lesser-known internet crime that poses a threat to adults and minors – that sheds light on the importance of protecting the public from online criminals.

Released: 16-Apr-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Innovating the peer-review research process
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A team of scientists led by a Michigan State University astronomer has found that a new process of evaluating proposed scientific research projects is as effective – if not more so – than the traditional peer-review method. Normally, when a researcher submits a proposal, the funding agency then asks a number of researchers in that particular field to evaluate and make funding recommendations.

Released: 13-Apr-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Potential COVID-19 test delivers results in less than 10 minutes
Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. – As COVID-19 cases spike, the need for faster, more accessible testing is clear. Due to limited availability, many patients with symptoms — and their physicians — are left wondering whether they have the virus. Even when patients do get a test, overwhelmed labs can take several days to get the results.

Released: 13-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
New process to identify existing drugs for potential COVID-19 treatments
Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. – In late January, as the world watched the growing COVID-19 epidemic with increasing unease, a Michigan State University laboratory, which specializes in the use of artificial intelligence and big data to discover therapeutics for cancers, switched gears to face the coming challenge. The Chen Lab, led by Bin Chen, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, put its expertise to work.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Ask the expert: MSU veterinarian dispels myths about pets and COVID-19
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Since first hearing about the COVID-19 outbreak in China, media outlets around the world have reported on strains of the virus originating in animals, on pets testing positive for the virus and most recently, on a tiger testing positive for COVID-19 at the Bronx Zoo. Annette O’Connor – chairperson of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and professor of Epidemiology at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine – says that there are seven different types of coronaviruses and that the Centers for Disease Control doesn’t believe the COVID-19 strain can be transmitted to domestic animals.

Released: 6-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
How religions around the world are keeping the faith during COVID-19
Michigan State University

COVID-19 has rocked everyday life for people around the world, requiring religious communities to shift worship at a time that many consider the most holiest of the year. Daily and weekly services at churches, synagogues, mosques and temples have transitioned to take place in the home with family members as many places of prayer are closed for the first time in their history.

Released: 2-Apr-2020 3:55 PM EDT
National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma website for providers, patients launched
Michigan State University

Treatment of COVID-19 is urgent. As part of the next step to advance the use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 infection, the National Convalescent Plasma Project has launched a website for health care providers, patients who have recovered from COVID-19 infection and want to donate plasma and those considering the treatment.

Released: 27-Mar-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Four things school districts need to know before moving learning online
Michigan State University

As the number of cases of COVID-19 multiplies and the duration of school closures increases, school districts are struggling with the feasibility of providing students with online learning opportunities. A new report from Michigan State University’s Quello Center reveals the challenges schools face if they plan to move online.

Released: 19-Mar-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Feeling obligated can impact relationships during social distancing
Michigan State University

In a time where many are practicing social distancing from the outside world, people are relying on their immediate social circles more than usual. Does a sense of obligation -- from checking on parents to running an errand for an elderly neighbor -- benefit or harm a relationship? A Michigan State University study found the sweet spot between keeping people together and dooming a relationship.

Released: 10-Mar-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Toxic Masculinity Is Unsafe… for Men
Michigan State University

The belief that “real men” must be strong, tough and independent may be a detriment to their social needs later in life. A study co-authored by a Michigan State University sociologist found that men who endorse hegemonic ideals of masculinity — or “toxic masculinity” — can become socially isolated as they age, impacting their health, well-being and overall happiness.

Released: 5-Mar-2020 2:50 PM EST
LGBT health improves when friends are just like them
Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University are the first to pinpoint social factors that can reduce these stressors and improve health for LGBT people. “When we reviewed past studies, we found a pretty stark bias toward studying what made things worse,” said William Chopik, assistant professor of psychology at MSU and lead author.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 1:00 PM EST
Better planning could save millions in health care costs
Michigan State University

New research from Michigan State University and Rutgers University reveals the amount of money washed away in hospital operating rooms, offering solutions to save hospitals -- and the country -- millions of dollars each year.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 9:40 AM EST
‘Optical tweezers’ help in quest for better cancer treatments
Michigan State University

Stem cells involved in replenishing human tissues and blood depend on an enzyme known as telomerase to continue working throughout our lives. When telomerase malfunctions, it can lead to both cancer and premature aging conditions. Roughly 90% of cancer cells require inappropriate telomerase activity to survive.  In a groundbreaking new study, an interdisciplinary team of Michigan State University researchers has observed telomerase activity at a single-molecule level with unprecedented precision ­­­­– expanding our understanding of the vital enzyme and progressing toward better cancer treatments.

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