Science in the News – Week of April 26

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Science in the news, headlines from across Michigan. Stay engaged and see what’s happening in science today that will make a difference tomorrow. 

Fishes:

It may take years before a western Michigan trout habitat recovers from damage caused when a drain commission contractor’s crew cut down mature trees along a 13-mile stretch of river, according to a fishing group official(SF Gate)

Ecology:

What do you get when you combine a professor who literally wrote the book on community ecology and another who has more than 40 years experience as a leader in the field of evolutionary biology? You get a new way to look at how organisms of all sorts interact and evolve to form ecological communities. Two Michigan State University professors published their results in the current issue of Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and together they have come up with a new way to think about how evolution and ecology interact in community assembly. (EurekAlert!)

Women in STEM:

Eastern Michigan University is hosting (Friday, April 24) a gathering of more than 500 girls and young women from middle and high schools around the state for an event that seeks to expand their career prospects in high-tech fields. Eastern Michigan U. hosting ‘Digital Divas’ event. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

High School Events:

Friday brought more than a basic science fair for some 100 high school students across Southwest Michigan. It was a genuine symposium in a university setting. The students saw presentations from their peers on contagious behavior, manure in water and cloning of two erythromycin resistance genes at the 16th annual Michigan High School Research Symposium at Andrews University in Oronoko Township. (The Herald-Palladium)

Biodiversity:

A new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity—the variety of organisms living on Earth—is even more important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems than previously thought. (UM News)

Hydrogen Cars:

University of Michigan researchers exploring more efficient materials for hydrogen fuel cells aim to isolate and develop “best-in-class” hydrogen storage technology. The multidisciplinary team has been awarded a $1.2 million Department of Energy grant for the project, which investigates man-made compounds called metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs. (UM News)

Belly Fat:

Michigan State University researchers, who were the first to suggest that high blood pressure could be caused by belly fat hormones “talking” with blood vessels in the abdomen, have received a nearly $7 million National Institutes of Health grant to further their work. (MSU Today)

Story excerpts are sourced from their links and edited for clarity.
Image Credit: Michigan State University

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