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Michigan State University Spartans work to advance the common good in uncommon ways. The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratised higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world - on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation - and is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.


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Farmed fish like these carp now make an important contribution to global food security. Ben Belton

Let them eat carp: Fish farms are helping to fight hunger

Many critics say that fish farms mainly sell their output to wealthy countries and don't provide much benefit to poor people in producing countries. Three aquaculture experts show why this view is wrong.
Social isolation is linked to increased blood pressure and depression. Mindmo/shutterstock.com

Loneliness is bad for your health

Social isolation is linked to higher blood pressure, lower cognitive abilities and even increased chances of premature death.
Lil’ Kim performs during the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Black America’s ‘bleaching syndrome’

The longing for lighter skin remains a taboo topic in African-American communities.
How can computers learn to teach themselves new skills? baza178/Shutterstock.com

Teaching machines to teach themselves

For future machines to be as smart as we are, they'll need to be able to learn like we do.
Irrigated fields, like these in Nigeria, increase the risk of workers getting malaria. Arne Hoel / World Bank

Malaria testing and treatment increases worker wellness – as well as effort

Health investments raise worker productivity, but firms may not observe changes in worker effort. Technology that measures physical activity demonstrates these potential gains.
Refugee women from Darfur, Sudan return to their camp in eastern Chad with wood for their households in 2011. European Commission DG ECHO

Improving women’s lives through energy: What Rick Perry got right and wrong

With better access to energy, women in developing nations could spend more time working or in school. But Energy Secretary Rick Perry's claim that fossil fuels improve women's lives misses the mark.

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