Science and Technology

Surgeon holding model of spine
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Sparrow Hospital in Lansing is employing new technology aimed at improving the outcomes of patients undergoing surgery for scoliosis. 3D modeling might lead to better results.


Thomas Glasmacher FRIB photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

The $730-million dollar Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, under construction at Michigan State University will be open to the public on Saturday.


Brian Kirschensteiner photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

If you’ve ever visited an art museum, you’re familiar with the small information signs posted next to the works on display. There, you’ll find the name of the artist, the title of the piece, and other information. At Michigan State University, the Broad Art Museum hopes to use new technology to provide a lot more than the basics.


Tom Guarr photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

The world is looking for ways to store the power generated by wind farms and solar panels. A Michigan State University researcher is working on one way to do that efficiently and, possibly, more safely.


Michael O'Rielly at MSU photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

On June 11, rules governing what’s known as net neutrality went away. The rules were designed to prevent internet service providers from blocking, slowing down or charging money for the delivery of certain content. All data was to be treated equally. They were enacted during the Obama administration, but the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind them in December. That ruling took effect last week.

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly was one of three votes to lift net neutrality rules late last year.


Ziv Levi and Jeff Rehm photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Can a hacker seize control of your car? What’s the worst that could happen? The answers are yes, that could happen someday, and the result could be plenty bad.

A Michigan company is working on ways to improve the cyber security of cars.


Elkins, O'Rielly and David photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

The Federal Communications Commission has granted Michigan State University and WKAR Public Media a special license to launch an experimental Next Generation TV broadcasting station.

It’s called ATSC 3.0.

Chevrolet Bolt photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

One of the things holding back advancements in alternative fuel vehicles is their range. Nobody wants to run out of fuels like battery power, compressed natural gas or propane. The alternative fuels group Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy on a project to enable travelling greater distances in these vehicles powered by something other than gasoline.


Vinton Cerf photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Last week, a man widely known as one of the “fathers of the internet” visited Michigan State University for a Quello Center lecture called “Internet Past, Present and Future.” Vinton Cerf is a co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the internet. He's been with Google since 2005. Cerf visited the WKAR studios to discuss several of topics.


Lansing home demolition photo
WKAR File Photo

The demolition of abandoned homes can improve a neighborhood, but the disposal of the materials has an impact on the environment. At Michigan State University this week, proponents of a small but growing movement assembled to discuss ways to re-purpose most of that stuff.


Gary Blievernicht photo with new WKAR-TV transmitters
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

In a couple of weeks, television viewers who use an over-the-air antenna to watch WKAR-TV will need to re-scan their equipment in order to continue watching.


Green snowplow lights photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan Department of Transportation is gearing up for winter. Preparations include getting snow plows ready to hit the roads and highways of the state. Keeping roadways as clear as possible is crucial, but so is the safety of plow drivers and motorists. This year, the preparations include an important new safety feature.


PhD student Osama Ennasar and undergrad student Camille Emig work on GRACE.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

MSU researchers are using a grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their study and construction of underwater robots.

 


Spoof fingerprints photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Fingerprint identification technology has advanced to the point where you probably have it on the phone you carry. A team in the Michigan State University College of Engineering is working to improve the security of fingerprint recognition systems, and a big part of their effort aims to learn more about fake prints that could be used against you.


Scott Crandall performance photo
Melissa Kaplan

Can the arts influence thinking on scientific debates like the discussion surround climate change? A program in Lansing this week aims to do exactly that. It's called “Hope Takes the Stage.”


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