Science and Technology

Tom Sampson photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

Last week, WKAR hosted a Moonfest Pop-Up Stories event at MSU’s Abrams Planetarium, where people gathered to discuss Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.

One of our storytellers was Tom Sampson, who was serving in Vietnam on July 20th, 1969.


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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

WKAR’s Moonfest Pop-Stories event last week at the Abrams Planetarium included Jackie Payne’s story of planning a wedding, as the Apollo 11 mission was taking place 50 years ago.


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NASA

Last week’s MoonFest events at MSU’s Abrams Planetarium celebrating the first steps on the moon 50 years ago has us remembering the Apollo space missions.

Forty-eight years ago this week, Apollo 15 launched. It was NASA’s fifth mission carrying astronauts to the surface of the moon. It’s especially important in Michigan history because all three astronauts aboard had ties to the state.


Neil Armstrong photo
NASA

Last week, WKAR and MSU’s Abrams Planetarium celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon with MoonFest, a weekend of events including a return of WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories. One of those stories was told by the planetarium’s program assistant, John French.


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The director of Michigan State University’s Abrams Planetarium is in Chile today and will observe the total eclipse of the sun as its path crosses South America.

Shannon Schmoll is working on an unrelated project at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. She describes the facility as being “one peak over” in the Andes Mountains from the SOAR telescope. MSU is a part-owner of SOAR.

MI Authorities Employ New DNA Analysis Software

Jan 21, 2019
Taylor Dunivin and Mike Cheltenham photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

We're getting better at detecting trace amounts of DNA. How to analyze that DNA? That's where things get more complicated. Michigan is among the leaders in using new DNA analysis software in the courts. Taylor Dunivin reports that this software is increasingly being used by police and prosecutors around the state.


Eric Phelps Vision Collision photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The cost of repairing body damage after a car accident is going up. Safety is becoming a big focus for car companies, but what if your new car with this technology gets rear-ended? The repair bill just shot up.


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Michigan officials are expressing confidence in the security and accuracy of voting technology ahead of tomorrow’s election.


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Courtesy photo / Hurley Medical Center

The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will induct its newest class of honorees Thursday.


Dr. Angela K. Wilson photo
courtesy photo

This week, the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will induct a new class of honorees. One of them is Dr. Angela Wilson, the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at MSU.


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Courtesy photo

We’ve all heard it: if you can’t figure out how to use your computer, ask a teenager for help. It seems that some older people find modern technology confusing and frustrating. A professor at Michigan State University has done extensive research into what the elderly get out of their tablets and smart phones, and how they might find greater fulfillment in our modern gadgets.


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.


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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.


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