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 Frank Telewski, Curator, W. J. Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Arboretum, spread seeds, from the Beal Bottle, in a tray in the growth lab.
Derrick L. Turner/Michigan State University

Last month, a team of plant biologists dug up a bottle of seeds on Michigan State University's campus buried by botanist, W.J. Beal, in 1879 and planted what was inside to see what would grow all these years later.


Lars Brudvig digs a hole in the dark of night. A green light illuminates the hole.
Derrick L. Turner/Michigan State University

It sounds like a scene out of a movie.

Four specialists moving into an undisclosed location with only a map of landmarks to guide their way. They’re working under the cover of darkness, digging to find what they’re looking for in a race against the sunrise.


Abrams Planetarium Pop-Up Stories crowd photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

WKAR and the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University celebrated the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon with a weekend of activities July 19-21. Hundreds of people gathered at the planetarium to mark the occasion with events that included a return of WKAR's Pop-Up Stories.

In case you missed Pop-Up Stories on July 19, we've collected them here. Enjoy!

CBD products photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Last week, the Quality Dairy chain of convenience stores began carrying some new products at a few locations: hemp oils, vape oils, drink additives and edibles containing CBD. That’s a compound extracted from the hemp plant.


Kayla Conner working in her lab
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

A Michigan State University scientist is determined to increase the number of women and girls going into STEM fields. Kayla Conner is a microbiologist. She says she wouldn’t be the doctoral student she is today if it weren’t for her high school chemistry teacher, Ms. Hardin.


MSU Scientist Excels While Dealing With Syndromes

Jun 18, 2019
Kyle Card holding a petri dish
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University biologist and Ph.D. candidate Kyle Card studies resistance to antibiotics. He became a scientist despite genetic syndromes affecting many parts of his body.

Nkrumah Grant
Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

He grew up in the public housing projects, dropped out of high school and spent time in juvenile detention. That’s how the story of evolutionary biologist and Michigan State University Ph.D. candidate Nkrumah Grant began. But he’ll be the first to tell you, where you started doesn’t have to dictate where you end up.


Current State for June 16-17, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

Our entire show is focused on Michigan Technology – changing the way we drive, we live and our health. 

portrait: Kirshenbaum
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Welcome to Serving up Science -- the series all about food: where it comes from and how it impacts our health and our planet.


MSU sign
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Scientists at Michigan State University are leading a $2.5 million grant to help improve agricultural consumption of water and energy.

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