Category Archives: Michigan State

Big Ten Still Big in Research and Development

It’s time once again to revisit why the hell I’d choose the Big Ten as the conference to follow for science and research stories. Besides the obvious reasons that I’m from Ohio, went to Ohio State and Indiana, and worked … Continue reading

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Shocking News: People Who Suck at Math Don’t Understand Health Messaging Based on Statistics

And in other news, a study from Penn State University has led to the remarkable insight that stupid people don’t understand simple messaging based on numbers. Whoda thunk? Researchers rounded up 323 college students and asked them about their math … Continue reading

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When Being From Central Ohio Affects World History’s Recollection “For A” Time

Pop quiz: What did Neil Armstrong say when he first stepped onto the moon? If you think you know the answer, you might be wrong. At least if you believe Neil himself. When taken by itself, “That’s one small step … Continue reading

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Adapting to the City Life – Genetically

What does it take for a person to adapt well to living in the big city? Other than a willingness to pay way too much to live in a tiny space with unkempt roommates, the ability to navigate crowded transportation … Continue reading

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Life Finds a Way, Even Cut Off in Antarctic Lakes for 2,800 Years

As Jeff Goldblum once said, “Life finds a way.” Despite all the odds and the harsh conditions found throughout our planet, science has yet to find an environment that is completely devoid of at least some sort of microbial community. … Continue reading

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On the Origin of Life’s Most Crucial Isotope

Today’s post comes from my day job – writing for the preeminent low energy nuclear physics laboratory in North America. It’s a little bit technical, but the research answers the question as to why there is so much carbon-12 in … Continue reading

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Why Build a Particle DEcelerator?

Every now and then I like to highlight some writing I did for my day job. So yes, it’s another nuclear physics post. But it was published on “Symmetry Breaking,” a blog run by Symmetry Magazine that is intended for … Continue reading

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