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MSU Inventions To Impact Multiple Fields Of Work

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Electric power, from a pile of dirt and matching a police sketch to a criminal with the click of a mouse. That's just a few of the innovations emerging at the campus of Michigan State University.

It was all showcased for a special ceremony during the 4th annual "Innovation Celebration", taking a look at some new inventions that will soon change the way we live and learn.

Take for example a silicone veterinary model that helps students practice drawing blood without using a real animal.

"They can learn how to do things like simple shots," said Bea Biddinger, MSU college of vet medicine. "Everything that they need to do to learn before they hit live animals."

From helping pets, to catching predators, new software will make it easier for police to pinpoint criminals. New software would connect sketches of potential criminals to actual mug shots.

"So instead of having the sketch being put out to local media, local news outlets, what we would like to do it automatically match against a large gallery of mug shots," saidScott Klum, MSU Masters Student and Research Assistant.

And how about this invention, it turns the minerals from dirt into pure energy.

"Take the material itself and simply grind it into a powder," said Donald Morelli, Professor Chemical Engineering at MSU. "And that powder is consolidated under pressure and temperature to produce a solid material. And that material is diced up into smaller elements and is placed between a heat source and as the heat flows through the material, electricity will be produced."

All of these inventions may have been created on the campus of MSU, but will change the world.

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