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2010-12-14 00:51:07

New research indicates that the speed of early forest clearance following human colonisation of the South Island of New Zealand was much faster and more intense than previously thought. Charcoal recovered from lake-bed sediment cores show that just a few large fires within 200 years of initial colonization destroyed much of the South Island's lowland forest. Grasslands and shrubland replaced the burnt forest and smaller fires prevented forests from returning. The findings - by an...

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2010-11-15 13:34:51

By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service Montana State University researchers have discovered that baking soda can dramatically increase algae's production of the key oil precursors for biodiesel. The same ingredient that causes cookies to rise in the oven, the same agent that calms upset stomachs and removes odors from refrigerators is the elusive chemical trigger that scientists have sought since the early 1990s, said Rob Gardner, an MSU graduate student in chemical and biological engineering...

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2010-10-05 08:06:51

Montana State University researchers have discovered a rare oasis of life in the midst of hundreds of geothermal vents at the bottom of Yellowstone Lake. A colony of moss, worms and various forms of shrimp flourishes in an area where the water is inky black, about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and a cauldron of nutrients, gases and poisons, the researchers reported in the September issue of Geobiology. The vent is close to 100 feet below the surface of Yellowstone Lake and a third of a mile offshore...

2010-10-04 14:00:00

SEATTLE, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Air announced today it will soon fly 76-seat Q400 turboprops with university colors and marks of three additional public universities: the University of Idaho, the University of Montana and Montana State University. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100917/SF67094LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100917/SF67094LOGO) The aircraft will be painted one at a time starting in early November (in the order shown above). The...

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2010-07-15 08:21:46

Research by a Montana State University doctoral student and one of the nation's top paleontologists is upending more than 100 years of thought regarding the dinosaurs known as Triceratops and Torosaurus. Since the late 1800s, scientists have believed that Triceratops and Torosaurus were two different types of dinosaurs. Triceratops had a three-horned skull with a rather short frill, whereas Torosaurus had a much bigger frill with two large holes through it. MSU paleontologists John Scannella...

2010-05-28 13:47:00

Emergency workers in rugged, rural areas may never lose a cell phone call again thanks to a new antenna developed by Montana State University researchers in collaboration with Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Inc. Dropped calls when using a cell phone in rough terrain is a common problem that can be addressed by the MSU antenna, according to the developers. The MSU antenna is considered a "smart" or "adaptive array" antenna because it uses a computer chip to automatically aim the message...

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2010-04-26 09:21:03

Montana State University chemists have determined the structure of an intermediate form of a unique enzyme that participates in some of the most fundamental reactions in biology. The discovery could lead to understanding life in ancient ecosystems. It could also play a role in producing alternate fuels and fighting pollution, according to MSU researchers who published their findings April 25 in the advance online publication of the journal Nature. Lead author David Mulder, a doctoral student...

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2010-04-20 09:05:00

For people who would like to be better skiers and enjoy the sport more, Montana State University professor John Seifert has some tips. Seifert, a health and human development professor, and a handful of MSU students regularly conduct a variety of skiing-related research, often at Bridger Bowl, the local ski hill just north of town. Together, they search for the answers to many questions, such as "Do sports and energy drinks help people perform better?" "What gear performs the best in various...

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2010-02-26 07:05:00

Visitors to national parks and forests are encouraged to use bear spray when they encounter grizzlies, but disposing of the bear spray canisters is a problem that three Montana State University engineering students addressed for their senior capstone project, sponsored by the Gallatin National Forest. Ashley Olsen, a Butte native who graduated from MSU in December, returned to campus Wednesday to demonstrate a bear spray recycling machine she developed over the past year with Seth Mott of...

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2009-11-25 09:40:17

A journey that started with a box of bird feet carried three Montana State University graduate students into the gruesome world of raptors and led to their findings being published in a prominent journal. Normally focused on dinosaurs, the students compared the claws and killing methods of four types of raptors and published a paper about their research in the Nov. 25th issue of PLoS One, a scientific journal published online by the Public Library of Science. The birds of prey that were...


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2010-11-17 16:24:59

Loren Acton is a physicist and an American astronaut. He was born Loren Wilber Acton on March 7, 1936 in Lewistown, Montana. He grew up on a ranch in Montana, and after high school he attended Montana State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. While attending the university, he met Evelyn Oldenburger. Soon after, the two were married at Grace Bible Church. He then continued his education and received a Doctor of Philosophy in Solar Physics from the University of...

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