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Gars and stripes: research 'flags' evolutionary ancestry of pigment patterns in zebrafish, spotted gar

July 5, 2017 - 4:24pm
Just as the stars and stripes reflect the history of our nation, Ingo Braasch's "Gars and Stripes" project represents the evolution of genomic and morphological relationships among vertebrate animals - connecting the past with the present.
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WKAR Announces Final Season for QuizBusters

July 5, 2017 - 1:35pm
QuizBusters, WKAR's long running high school game show, will return for one final season this fall. The final and 29th season will begin Oct. 7 and continue through the final Grand Championship Series, airing in Spring 2018.
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Wild kingdom

July 5, 2017 - 1:10pm
Well, the snake from a few weeks ago came back - only closer. As in, in a wagon in my garage which is attached to my house! I was watching television while my husband was getting his fishing gear ready in the garage. I heard a loud bellow and some choice words coming from his direction. I honestly thought he had severely injured himself so I jumped up and ran out there. That's when he told me he had reached into a wagon where we store sports equipment, and found our slithery visitor, who was now curled up and looking at us. (Technically, I think his first words were some disparaging adjectives followed by "snake" while pointing.) Anyway, we stood there like a couple of bumbling sitcom characters grabbing buckets, bags, gardening tools and whatnot, trying to figure out how to get him out of the garage. In all the commotion, we completely lucked out when he slithered into a bucket, allowing us to get him outside, far away from my door. Of course, now when I get into my car I'm certain his whole family is lurking in my back seat. Snakes have been just one of the many wildlife encounters I've had at my house this summer. I don't live way out in the country - I'm literally three miles from campus in a large neighborhood. To be fair, my backyard does back up to some wetlands, but I don't remember nature getting this close before.
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Jen Owen: Birds in the Anthropocene

July 5, 2017 - 12:58pm
This is the 135th annual meeting of the American Ornithological Society (formerly the American Ornithologists' Union). This year, we are jointly hosting the meeting with the Society for Canadian Ornithologists, making it a rare and exciting opportunity to be hosting it at MSU!
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Recreating interstellar ions with lasers

July 5, 2017 - 10:48am
Trihydrogen, or H3+, has been called the molecule that made the universe, where it plays a greater role in astrochemistry than any other molecule. While H3+ is astronomically abundant, no scientist understood the mechanisms that form it from organic molecules.
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Katherine Magoulick: Crossing oceans and disciplines

July 5, 2017 - 10:17am
Just a few short months ago I returned from studying abroad in New Zealand, and now, I'm heading to Norway for the summer. The differences between my two majors - zoology and history - are almost as great as the differences between New Zealand and Norway.
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The right chemistry to power our future

July 3, 2017 - 6:11pm
John R. Dorgan, one of the newest endowed chair holders on campus, is an expert in polymeric materials and a nationally recognized leader in developing composite materials for manufacturing.
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