research http://michiganradio.org en MSU study celebrates marriage of algae gene to a weed http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-celebrates-marriage-algae-gene-weed <p>Michigan State University researchers are celebrating the marriage of a weed and an algae gene -- and its value as a potential biofuel.&nbsp;</p><p>The team found that adding an algae gene to mustard weed caused the plant to store oil in its leaves, and the technique could be used to get more energy out of plants grown for bio-fuel. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:25:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11430 at http://michiganradio.org MSU study celebrates marriage of algae gene to a weed Michigan researchers turn to public to help fund wolf research http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-researchers-turn-public-help-fund-wolf-research <p>Two Northern Michigan scientists are turning to the public for funding help.</p><p>Michigan Tech researcher Rolf Peterson <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/isle-royales-wolves-go-extinct">studies the wolf population</a> on Isle Royale National Park. Peterson says the National Science Foundation, a federal agency, has helped fund the bulk of the research on the island for the past several decades.</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:47:55 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6825 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan researchers turn to public to help fund wolf research Isle Royale's wolves to go extinct? http://michiganradio.org/post/isle-royales-wolves-go-extinct <p>The wolves of Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior could be in trouble.</p><p>For 53 years, researchers from Michigan Tech have been studying the island&rsquo;s wolf and moose populations.</p><p>This year... they found there are fewer wolves &ndash; just 16. And only a couple of females that can still have babies. <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=519">Rolf Peterson</a> has been studying the wolves for more than four decades.</p><p>He says it&#39;s not clear why some of the wolves are dying.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;In late 2009, six of the ten females we had in the population died. That was just an unusual, presumably a fluke. Only one of the females was radio collared and she died in a very unusual way, she died giving birth.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>He says the outlook for the existence of wolves on Isle Royale is uncertain.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It could be just a little hurdle they have to jump through. It also could mean the beginning of the end if those one or two females should die without giving birth to a female. And if neither of the two pups we thought we saw this year are female, then that&#39;s it. The population would go extinct because there are no females.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>At this point, he doesn&#39;t think people should intervene. But he says there could come a point where the National Park Service might introduce new female wolves from the mainland. Peterson says the males on the island would readily accept new females if the existing females die.</p><p>The wolves keep the island&#39;s moose in check. The research team has found that the moose population is currently around 500 animals. If the wolves go extinct, Peterson says the moose would be in trouble too.</p><blockquote><p><br />&quot;They&#39;d increase to the point where they&#39;d starve to death catastrophically.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Peterson has spent most of every year for four decades living among the wolves and moose on the island with his wife Candy.&nbsp; But he says there&#39;s still plenty to be discovered.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Almost everything that happens there surprises me. We&#39;re almost unable to predict the short term future. I guess the resiliency of wolves in general does usually surprise me. I wouldn&#39;t be the least bit surprised if they pulled out of this one. But exactly how they&#39;re going to do it is what&#39;s fascinating.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>You can learn more about the research team and the wildlife <a href="http://isleroyalewolf.org/wolfhome/home.html">here</a>. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 16:42:22 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1958 at http://michiganradio.org Isle Royale's wolves to go extinct? U of M opens new business incubator in old Pfizer facility http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-opens-new-business-incubator-old-pfizer-facility <p>A new type of incubator is open for business at the <a href="http://umich.edu">University of Michigan</a>. It’s called a “<a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/06/pm-new-venture-accelerator-coming-soon-to-michigan/">venture accelerator</a>,” and it’s located in the&nbsp; sprawling research complex Pfizer built before it left Michigan a few years ago.</p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:57:17 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 923 at http://michiganradio.org U of M opens new business incubator in old Pfizer facility Study: self-esteem trumps sex and sweets http://michiganradio.org/post/study-self-esteem-trumps-sex-and-sweets <p>Michigan Radio news intern Bridget Bodnar filed a report on a new study published in the <em><a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-6494.2010.00712.x/abstract">Journal of Personality</a>.</em></p><p>The study found that young people prefer praise over things like sex, favorite foods, seeing a best friend, getting a paycheck, or drinking alcohol.</p><p>Ohio State University put out a <a href="http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/selfesteem.htm">press release</a> on the new research. From the release:</p> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 02:02:57 +0000 Mark Brush 898 at http://michiganradio.org Sooper Yooper http://michiganradio.org/post/sooper-yooper <p>With 180 invaders already in the Great Lakes, it might take a superhero to keep them out.&nbsp; Luckily, we have one: Sooper Yooper!&nbsp;&nbsp; A new children's book written by Mark Newman and illustrated by the late Mark Heckman, features Billy Cooper, an ex-Navy Seal who lives in the U.P. with his scuba-diving bulldog, Mighty Mac.&nbsp; <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=489">I spoke with Mark Heckman's wife, Diane, and author Mark Newman</a> about the book and Mark Heckman's legacy.</p><p>Top 3 Things to Know about Sooper Yooper:</p><ol><li>A dive in icy Lake Superior to catch a sea lamprey is not for the faint of heart.&nbsp; Please leave this to the professionals.</li><li>Billy Cooper is not a shapeshifter, nor does he have x-ray vision or invisibility.&nbsp; Instead, he's super smart.</li><li>Having trouble getting legislation passed in Congress?&nbsp; No problem for Sooper Yooper.&nbsp; He must have some mighty good lobbying skills. Thu, 09 Dec 2010 16:02:54 +0000 Rebecca Williams 524 at http://michiganradio.org Sooper Yooper