Category Archives: Michigan State

Cats Can (inadvertently) Cause Suicide

If you or anyone you know has ever been pregnant with kitties living in the house, you’ve probably heard of Toxoplasma gondii, or T. gondii for short. Though the single-celled parasite is very nearly harmless to every species it has … Continue reading

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Why Large Male Appendages are More than Just Show

Humans aren’t the only species whose males place a big emphasis on having a large appendage. There are plenty of examples out there. Elk grow antlers, peacocks grow giant tails and rhinoceros beetles grow a ridiculous-looking contraption on the front … Continue reading

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Why Relays Don’t Help Michael Phelps the Most

You’re enjoying a nice, relaxing summer afternoon in the company of friends, food and booze. As a proper cookout requires, many of your friends and family have brought over some lawn games to play. Before you know it, a sort … Continue reading

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Why Our Health Care System Isn’t All That Bad

With all of the recent debate about our nation’s healthcare, sometimes it seems like we’ve got a shit deal here in the good old U.S. of A. Prices are soaring, we’re paying for people without healthcare’s treatment one way or … Continue reading

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There’s That Little SOB! (Higgs)

Nearly six months ago, I penned a blog post about the Higgs boson, the final remaining undiscovered particle of the Standard Model, often referred to as the “God particle.” At the time, there was a slight bump in the data … Continue reading

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Getting to Know the “Other” 90% of Your Body: Bacteria

They say that a person is so much more than just the sum of their parts. And they’re right. That’s because a person’s body isn’t really made up of their own cells. Integrated throughout the human body are untold numbers … Continue reading

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A Milestone for Big Ten Science

Well, this is a bit unexpected. For as long as I can remember, I’ve kept a running list of potential research stories to write about for this blog. It’s always been at least 10 items long, sometimes extending up into … Continue reading

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