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IceCube neutrinos point toward long-sought cosmic ray accelerator
July 12, 2018
IceCube neutrinos point toward long-sought cosmic ray accelerator

An international team of scientists, including MSU physicist Tyce DeYoung, has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth.

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Heaviest known calcium atom discovered by MSU-led team
July 11, 2018
Heaviest known calcium atom discovered by MSU-led team

Researchers from MSU and the RIKEN Nishina Center in Japan discovered eight new rare isotopes of the elements phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, argon, potassium, scandium and, most importantly, calcium. These are the heaviest isotopes of these elements ever found.

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Piotr Piecuch elected to prestigious quantum molecular science academy
July 5, 2018
Piotr Piecuch elected to prestigious quantum molecular science academy

Piotr Piecuch, Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of chemistry and adjunct professor of physics and astronomy, has been elected to one of physical science’s most exclusive learned societies, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (IAQMS).

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MSU chemistry doctoral student receives prestigious fellowship
July 3, 2018
MSU chemistry doctoral student receives prestigious fellowship

J. Emiliano Deustua, a fourth-year MSU Ph.D. chemistry student working with University Distinguished Professor Piotr Piecuch, has been awarded a prestigious Phase-I MolSSI Software Fellowship from the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MoISSI).

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MSU nuclear physics researcher earns prestigious DOE award
June 29, 2018
MSU nuclear physics researcher earns prestigious DOE award

Michigan State University nuclear physics researcher Jaideep Singh has received a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program award.

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Microbiologists and plant scientists find secret to tackling cholera
June 25, 2018
Microbiologists and plant scientists find secret to tackling cholera

A discovery, led by scientists from Michigan State University and Tufts University and featured in the current issue of PNAS, shows the key genetic change the seventh cholera pandemic acquired to thrive for more than 50 years.

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Breast cancer research could expand lung cancer therapies
June 22, 2018
Breast cancer research could expand lung cancer therapies

New research into a genetic mutation’s role in breast cancer could open new treatment options for an even more deadly disease, according to Eran Andrechek, an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Physiology.

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Celebration set to commemorate 40th anniversary of the FDA approval of the anti-cancer drug cisplatin
June 22, 2018
Celebration set to commemorate 40th anniversary of the FDA approval of the anti-cancer drug cisplatin

MSU’s Department of Chemistry is hosting a 40th anniversary celebration of the FDA’s approval of the anti-cancer drug, cisplatin on Aug. 3-4. The two-day event  includes a reception and cancer research poster presentation on Friday evening, followed by an all-day symposium on Saturday.

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Phillip Duxbury recommended as dean of the College of Natural Science
June 21, 2018
Phillip Duxbury recommended as dean of the College of Natural Science

Phillip Duxbury, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in MSU’s College of Natural Science will be recommended as dean of the college. If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees on June 22, his appointment will take effect Aug. 16, 2018.

 

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Fish's use of electricity might shed light on human illnesses
June 21, 2018
Fish's use of electricity might shed light on human illnesses

In a new paper in the journal Current Biology, scientists led by a team at MSU and the UT Austin outline how some fish, have evolved the ability to produce incredibly fast and short pulses of electricity so they can communicate without jamming one another’s signals, while eluding the electric detection systems of predatory catfish.

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