Harmful algae could kill invasive mussels

A new idea to manage the spread of non-native mussels: kill them with another Great Lakes headache, the algae that sometimes blooms too much and threatens water quality. 

Communicating science with art: how are fish and us alike?

by Weiting Du

We like fish. And we are like fish. Two Michigan State University scientists recently displayed that similarity through art. Ingo Braasch and Julia Ganz, researchers at the university’s Department of Integrative Biology, compiled videos and photos taken during their research into artwork named “Life in Technicolor: The Art of Fish Development and Evolution.” They showed it at a recent MSU science-art exhibition. The art is a byproduct of differentiating types of cells to better study them.

Insect indecision: Which should be Michigan’s state bug?

By Indri Maulidar
Capital News Service

What’s orange, flies to Mexico every year and was recently proposed as a Michigan icon? It’s the monarch butterfly. Four Michigan senators recently introduced a bill to make the monarch butterfly Michigan’s state insect. The idea, pushed by a group of schoolchildren from West Bloomfield School District, has some support. But others think that there are many other more suitable insects.