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GoMRI chooses USM for Gulf oil spill research

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.  These research investments focus on improving our fundamental understanding of the implications of events such as the Macondo well blowout, and on developing ...

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Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones

WASHINGTON — Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes ...

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Research on dogs could lead to better understanding of human cancer

STARKVILLE — A research team at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is working to better understand cancer in dogs, and the work also could advance knowledge of human cancer. Their investigation began with only a tiny blood platelet, but quickly they discovered opportunities for growth and expanding the breadth of the research. “We have a lot to gain ...

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Ford Foundation gives to UM for new science building

OXFORD and JACKSON — The University of Mississippi is adding a new science building, and has gotten a boost from a $20-million lead gift from the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation of Jackson. The facility will be a significant addition to “Science Row” along the section between University Avenue and All American Drive. It comes on the heels of the construction ...

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MSU scientists evaluating soil-testing recommendations

STONEVILLE — The thousands of dollars farmers invest in equipment, seed and labor to produce row crops, such as soybeans, cotton and corn, is wasted if they do not have quality soil. “Everything ties back to how well the soil is maintained,” said Bobby Golden, an agronomist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Stoneville. “If ...

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Stennis Space Center honors workers

The NASA Honor Awards have been presented. In addition to presenting awards, Stennis Space Center Director Rick Gilbrech, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, received NASA’s Equal Employment Opportunity Medal for outstanding leadership qualities in promoting diversity and inclusion at Stennis. Three Stennis employees received NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal. The recipients are: Beth Bradley of Slidell, Louisiana, chief of the Center ...

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Unmanned aerial vehicles becoming new tool for farmers

STARKVILLE — It is hard to compare an unmanned aerial vehicle to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, but that is how the director of Mississippi State University’s Geosystems Research Institute sees it. “The plant is the patient, the agronomists are the doctors and I am the guy that works on the MRI machine,” Robert Moorhead said. UAVs are the ...

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Scientists: Tick bite can cause red meat allergy

STARKVILLE — Steak lovers beware: Scientists have discovered certain tick bites can cause an allergy to red meat. Jerome Goddard, medical entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the lone star tick species carries a sugar that can be transmitted through its bite. The transmission of the sugar may cause people to become allergic to red meat. Goddard ...

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NOAA scientists plan to fly drones into hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane’s winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts — but it’s nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding and a handful of winged drones that can spend hours spiraling in a hurricane’s ...

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Mississippi State makes NSF ranking of research universities

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University continues to rank among the nation’s top research universities, according to a new survey by the National Science Foundation. The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2012 places the university at 92nd overall among public and private institutions, based on $233.2 million in total research and development expenditures. At ...

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