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Michigan State University

  1. Not Sure How To Survive The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse? Take This Course From Michigan State

    Need braaaaaaains and 4.0 GPAAAAAAAA

    At this point, I think it's safe to say we all know the that zombie apocalypse is an inevitability. But will you be prepared for the end times? Michigan State University has your back, and is offering a course that will teach you everything you need to know in order to transform yourself into a walker-fighter Rick Grimes would be proud of.

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  2. College Offers Course On Zombies and God

    You guys wanna go to the quad and devour some brains?

    Ah, college. It's a time for sexual exploration, academic engrossment, and preparing oneself for the coming apocalypse. Michigan State University now offers a religious course in zombies, because apparently college kids only care about their brains when they're protecting them from the undead.

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  3. Stop Whining, Nice Guys: You’ll Do Better in the Long Run

    Also, maybe we should all start using game theory to make decisions?

    The field of game theory, and specifically an experiment known as the prisoner's dilemma, has been used in the past to show that being selfish is a surefire way to do the best in the long run. But a new study suggests that might not be the case, showing in computer simulations that cooperation is actually the best overall evolutionary tactic.

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  4. Study Finds Only 5% of People Wash Their Hands Properly in Public Restrooms

    Seriously, people -- how do we even have to have this conversation? I am disappoint.

    Here's a story I need your help on, folks, because I can't tell if it's depressing and gross or gross and depressing. According to a recent study by Michigan State University, only 5% of people wash their hands properly after using the bathroom. That's right, folks -- 1 in 20 of you are doing that right, and the other 19 are, statistically speaking, disgusting.

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  5. First Two-Headed Bull Shark Confirmed by Science as Actually Two-Headed

    Researchers at Michigan State University have confirmed that a two-headed bull shark discovered in 2011 is, in fact, exactly what it appears to be -- one shark with two heads, and not a pair of conjoined twin sharks. I mean, I guess I thought we could tell that just by looking at how freaky it is, but hey, good to know, right?

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  6. Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water, Robotic Fish Gets an Upgrade

    A team at Michigan State University has made some upgrades to their robotic fish project. The robot is now called Grace, or "Gliding Robotic ACE" after its new ability to glide for long distances using minimal energy. Besides the swimming and gliding, Grace also has an array of sensors used to measure the quality, temperature, and other information about the water in which it swims.

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  7. Tigers Work Swing Shift to Avoid Humans in Nepal

    If you don't think of "being exceedingly reasonable about scheduling matters" as a trait generally shown by big cats who chase down and eat small, fluffy things, you're not alone. A group of tigers in Nepal, however, is demonstrating a degree of tact and diplomacy not usually seen in quarter-ton feline killing machines. The tigers of Nepal's Chitwan National Park have changed from their normal daytime feeding habits to make their living as nocturnal predators, seemingly in the interest of avoiding conflict with the humans who call the area home and share many of the same roads and trails used by tigers.

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  8. Hyena Microbiome Differs Between Packs, Helps Smell Friend From Foe

    Researchers from Michigan State University have found a wrinkle in how hyenas use their noses that might have implications for how we understand the sense of smell in many other animals as well. Like most species of dogs, hyenas use scent as their primary sense -- it's how they find prey, how they look for mates, and how they communicate with one another. New research published this month in the journal Scientific Reports shows that hyenas from different clans appear to have different colonies of bacteria living in their scent glands. The study marks the first time that widely different communities of odor-causing bacteria have been found in the same species, and could offer insight on how animals communicate by smell.

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  9. Study: Playing Video Games Makes You More Creative

    According to new research by Michigan State University, both boys and girls who play video games tend to be more creative, whether or not the games are violent. MSU researchers surveyed 491 middle school students regarding how frequently they used different forms of technology, and measured their creativity with a widely used Torrance Test of Creativity Figural. The test included creativity exercises one may remember from writing classes, such as being tasked with drawing an interesting picture from a prompt, giving it a title, then writing about it. The study found that the boys and girls preferred different types of games. Unsurprisingly, the boys played games more than the girls and gravitated more toward violent and sports games, whereas the girls gravitated more toward games focused on interaction with others (human and nonhuman). Regardless of the type of technology use in which the children participated, the study found that only video game interaction increased levels of creativity, and it didn't matter what type of game was being played. So next time you're playing video games instead of doing some kind of project, you can now rationally tell yourself it is to enhance your creative juices to ensure a better final product.

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  10. Here's a Tub of Terrified Sea Lampreys [Video]

    I have often considered myself to be a lover of animals, but there are some creatures on this Earth that, frankly, I could do without. Leeches, bedbugs, mosquitos, intestinal parasites, all of these just seem unnecessary. Not least of these is, of course, the sea lamprey. While it's true evolution has seen fit to make lamprey's singularly adapted to their lifestyle, that doesn't make them any less creepy. With that in mind, hearing that Michigan State University has developed an effective lamprey repellent is satisfying. Especially given how much damage this invasive species has done to the Great Lakes. Seeing an entire tub of writhing, terrified lampreys is, however, just gross. So I posted it for you. You're welcome. Oh, and don't worry: There's an underwater view as well.

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