Science In The News – Week Of March 22

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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. 

Science Headlines This Week

MSU:

A coalition of 15 universities, including Michigan State, has conducted more than $10.2 billion in research, more than twice that of the University of California System or the Ivy League, according to a recent report. (MSU Today)

MEDICINE:

  • New strategy for preventing organ transplant rejection shows promise (U of M Health)
  • A promising new natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is moving toward clinical trials. This will be a major step forward as there is nothing on the market that slows the progression of Alzheimer’s. (MSU Today)

SPACE:

Michigan State University researchers are key players in a new observatory that will study high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays coming from extreme sources in the universe, such as black holes, dark matter and exploding stars. (MSU Today)

INFRASTRUCTURE:

Imagine a bridge or a dam that could sense a structural defect before it happens, diagnose what the problem will be and alert the authorities before something bad happens. Michigan State University researchers are making it happen. (MSU Today)

ENVIRONMENT:

A new study from Michigan State University shows that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene (i.e., plastic bags) and polyethylene terephthalate (i.e., soda bottles) simply don’t work in common disposal situations such as landfills or composting. (MSU Today)

KILLER SNAILS:

A new study by University of Michigan biologists suggests that some predatory marine cone snails evolved a highly diverse set of venoms that enables them to capture and paralyze a broad range of prey species. (UM News)

EDUCATION:

Preschool children improve their math skills when their mothers talk to them about math during meal times according to a new study from the University of Michigan. (UM News)

Story excerpts are sourced from their links and edited for clarity.

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