OSU Invests $100 Million in High-Impact Areas

12:00AM
August
9, 2006

Last month, Ohio State University announced a plan that would invest $100 million in programs with the greatest potential for impact in their fields. The goal is to help increase OSU’s visibility as a research institution. The initiative tries to attack some of the world’s most pressing problems and questions, from climate change to the fundamental nature of the universe.

Astronomers Measure the Universe

Triangulum Galaxy (M33)
12:00AM
August 4, 2006

An astronomer at Ohio State University is part of a team that has calculated the distance to a nearby galaxy. And they found it’s a lot farther away than they previously thought. This could mean that the universe is not only bigger, but also older than scientists had thought.

Columbus Residents Talk for Science

12:00AM
July
28, 2006

Researchers at Ohio State University have created a database of Columbus residents talking. Researchers say the recordings of people’s conversations will be a valuable resource for anyone who studies spoken communication. Eventually, it may even lead to computers that can understand human speech.

Birds Sing to a Different Tune

12:00AM
July
24, 2006

It’s not just humans who have different accents and dialects. It turns out, song birds do, too. Like humans, they have different dialects that depend on where they live. Song birds also learn their songs – much the same way humans do. Scientists from Ohio State University are researching the song-learning process and influence of dialects on behavior.

OSU Scientists Collect Wasps

12:00AM
July
18, 2006

Ohio State University scientists are collecting wasps. They classify and study them, learning their evolutionary history and discovering new species. In particular, they collect parasitic wasps, which are important for agriculture as natural and sustainable pest control. Scientists travel the globe in search of these wasps, but they also do a lot of their collecting just around the corner.

Scientists Combat Algal Blooms

12:00AM
July
12, 2006

It’s been called Return of the Green Slime. Gobs of algae have become more abundant over the past ten years in the Great Lakes, and especially in Lake Erie. But these algal blooms aren’t just a nuisance. They disrupt the ecosystem, hurt local economies, and can pose a serious health risk.

Red White and Boom – It’s in the Atoms

12:00AM
July
3, 2006

What gives fireworks their rainbow of colors? When people watch fireworks, they’re not just seeing pretty colors. In a way, they’re peering into the molecular structure of different materials.

OSU scientist studies the effects of global warming

12:00AM
June
29, 2006

Global warming has been a hot topic this summer. But it’s not just because of movies by ex-vice-presidents.

Scientists Monitor Ohio Earthquakes

12:00AM
June
23, 2006

Earthquakes usually are not a common occurrence here in Ohio. But, the state just experienced its 10th earthquake of the year, almost all of them happening under and around Lake Erie. This week’s quake was the largest of the year. Although it was only a 3.8 magnitude quake, it gave many in northeastern Ohio an afternoon jolt.