Science & Technology

Science and Technology

truck and bridge
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The day of the driverless car is gaining ground.  Fast. 


What was once a science fiction fantasy is exploding into a legitimate industry.  Connected vehicles have caught the attention of such companies as Tesla, Uber and even Google.  Now, add the U.S. military to that list.  In Michigan, an Army research and development lab is experimenting with cargo hauling trucks to learn how to run automated supply convoys.  The goal is to save time, fuel and human lives.  


WKAR file photo

The Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps is looking for a few good experts in internet security. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the law creating the cyber-security team takes effect Thursday.


Scientists are examining mastodon teeth that turned up in the yards of homes in Michigan.

Paleontology experts are investigating the discovery of prehistoric mastodon bones at a Michigan construction site.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Hundreds of students and families descended on the lawn of the Michigan State University Observatory to observe the solar eclipse. 

'Grandaddy Of Eclipses' Happens Monday

Aug 18, 2017
moon in front of the sun
Courtesy of NASA/SDO / PBS

A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on August 21, 2017, and people have been making travel plans for months to get the best glimpse of it.


PBS NewsHour

Mazda is recalling nearly 80,000 cars and SUVs, some for a second time, to replace dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

Water Flow Exhibit Debuts at Impression 5 Science Center

Jun 30, 2017
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

This weekend, Impression 5, Lansing’s interactive science center, opened its new exhibit, “Flow.” 

First NASA Solar Probe Named In Honor Of MSU Alumnus

Jun 1, 2017

NASA’s Solar Probe Plus spacecraft, which will embark on the world’s first mission to a star in 2018, has been christened the Parker Solar Probe in honor of MSU alumnus Eugene Parker.

Peter Whorf / wkar-msu

Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving automobiles they are building under an expanding partnership.