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East Lansing High School Science Olympiad Team Headed to State Tournament

Monday, March 25, 2019

East Lansing High School’s Science Olympiad Club outscored 14 other high school teams to take first place in the Region 11 Tournament at Lansing Community College. The victory has earned the Trojans a berth in the state tournament April 27 at Michigan State University.

Escape Room Game Space to Open Downtown

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Above: Matthew Ao presenting the plan to East Lansing's City Council.


A new type of gaming business will be opening downtown in the coming weeks: escape rooms. The for-profit business known as “ESC The Room” will be located in the basement of 301 M.A.C. Avenue (the northwest corner of M.A.C. Avenue and Albert Street).

Big Library Book Sale October 10-11

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The annual book sale sponsored by Friends of the East Lansing Public Library (FOELPL) is a tradition many people don't want to miss. This year, because of major renovation at the library, the event will be held in a new location---Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road in East Lansing. Book sale hours have been expanded, from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, October 10, and from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, October 11.

ASK ELi: 63000 Strong

Friday, September 18, 2015

Photo credit: Zachary D. Blount.

Ever wonder about those big numbers posted in a window in that tall building on the east side of Farm Lane, across from the entrance to the MSU Dairy Store?

Right now, the digits read 63000. That’s the number of generations in an experiment that’s been running in my lab for over a quarter century.

ELI ON EARTH: Bird Breath

Monday, August 24, 2015

Image: A hawk (probably sharp-shinned) in MSU’s Beal Gardens earlier this year.

Simply put, East Lansing birds, like the one shown above, breathe differently from East Lansing reptiles and mammals, including this author.

ASK ELI: Poetry Attack

Friday, May 8, 2015

A reader asks: What’s up with all the posters on trees in front of the East Lansing Public Library?

Eli answers: The “posters” are actually poems, part of the most recent Poetry Attack executed by members of The East Lansing Street Arts Commission (ELSAC).

Eli spoke with Carolyn White, a founder of both ELSAC and East Lansing’s Poetry Attacks. White is a professional story teller, the world’s foremost expert on leprechauns, and a children’s book author.

This Weekend: Capital City Comic Con

Friday, May 1, 2015


Six months after filming for “Batman vs. Superman” took over East Lansing, the comic world is again poised to take over the Lansing area with the start of Capital City Comic Con.

Starting Saturday morning at Haslett High School, Capital City Comic Con is bringing together artists, writers, collectors, vendors and fans for a celebration of all things comic, science fiction and game. Unlike the larger national events that inspired it, Capital City Comic Con has a decidedly local flavor.

SHOW OF THE WEEK:: MSU Science Festival

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Almost 100 years ago, a man won a Nobel Prize for his discoveries, explaining the nature of space and time. He developed a theory of relativity that would come to be the foundation for modern physics. Mr. Einstein claimed, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

This weekend, explore your own curiosities and unearth the complexities of our vast universe at Michigan State’s 3rd annual Science Festival.

MSU Observatory Public Night Viewing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Photo courtesy of MSU Observatory, courtesy of MSU

As the weather warms each year in East Lansing, the MSU Observatory begins its season of Public Observing Nights at the MSU Observatory. The MSU Observatory is located at the corner of Forest and College Roads, just southwest of the MSU Pavilion.

The first Public Observing Nights of the spring will be this Thursday, April 16, and this Saturday, April 18, from 9-11 pm.

ELi ON EARTH: Time Change Will Help the Lazy of East Lansing See Zodiacal Light

Monday, March 9, 2015

Image, courtesy of NASA: City lights are at the horizon on the left, zodiacal light is the faint, white light that starts in the center and angles up and left, while the light of the Milky Way starts in the center and angles up and right. 

In the astronomical spring days, about an hour before dawn, the observant East Lansing resident has a shot at seeing zodiacal light in the east.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Theater2Film Project at MSU

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Some people love the live action of live theatre performances, and others like watching a favorite film on the big screen. But what happens when you combine both? MSU’s Theatre2Film Project is combining these experiences, and is excited to see where it takes them.

ELi ON EARTH: Redwoods in East Lansing

Monday, January 26, 2015

Image: The author's coast redwood. The leaves are very similar to those of the dawn redwood, but there is a key distinction: the leaves of the coast redwood alternate on each side of the stem while the dawn redwood leaves grow exactly opposite each other on the stem.

ELi ON EARTH: Lovejoy Comet Cometh

Monday, January 12, 2015

Image: Another Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) as photographed by Dan Burbank from the International Space Station in 2011; courtesy of NASA.

Last week ELi on Earth (EoE) focused its binoculars on the moons of Jupiter, and this week we will point our binoculars to comet Lovejoy.. The comet is bright enough to be seen with binoculars in East Lansing, or even with the naked eye if you are in a darker area.

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