LSU in the News
Popular Science: Gravitational waves could solve a cosmological crisis within five years—or shake physics to its core
When cosmologist Daniel Holz took off from Hong Kong on August 17, 2017, his head swirled with the ideas he’d spent the last week lecturing on, including his hope that vibrations in space would someday settle an ongoing debate regarding the size and age of the universe. But he knew it would take time. Time for two of the densest objects in existence to smack together and shake the cosmos hard enough for us to feel the rumble here on Earth, time to locate the disturbance, and time to swing our telescopes toward the collision before the accompanying burst of light faded back into darkness.
The black binder tucked under Marshall Walters’s arm is more valuable than just about anything on LSU’s campus during this overcast Saturday in October. It looks no different than the binders used by college students before iPads and laptops became the note-taking standard, only this one houses important information to keep this place protected on one of the busiest days of the year: an LSU football home game.
The mysterious Mayan culture used salt to cure fish on a mass scale as far back as 1,000 years ago, according to a new study.
More than 26,000 years ago, sea level was much lower than it is today partly because the ice sheets that jut out from the continent of Antarctica were enormous and covered by grounded ice -- ice that was fully attached to the seafloor. As the planet warmed, the ice sheets melted and contracted, and sea level began to rise. Researchers have discovered new information that illuminates how and when this global phenomenon occurred.
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If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then the 1000 m2 physical model of the lower Mississippi river at LSU Center for River Studies must seem like a treasured tome to hydrologists. In this video, LSU researcher Clint Willson explains why the Mississippi model is such a useful tool for scientists, policy makers and the general public.
“I think the flood hazard is the Achilles’ heel of the United States,” says Carol Friedland in this wide-ranging interview about the effects of hurricanes on homes and other buildings. Friedland – a researcher based at Louisiana State University – examines whether current building regulations are fit for purpose against hazards associated with hurricanes.