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Saturday. (Lilly Angell/Daily)
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CRIME NOTES

Feeling blue Lost car owner: Mustard's Music: a night
WHERE: 1400 Block East reward if found Retreat at Ark in Bamako

Medical Center Drive
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 8 a.m.
WHAT: A University bus
was involved in a collision,
University Police reported.
The vehicle left the scene,
but the bus was reportedly
undamaged. There were no
injuries.
Thanks... I
guess?
WHERE: Michigan Union
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 1:35 p.m.
WHAT: A subject lost his
debit card in the food court
of the Union, University
Police reported. The card
was recovered the next day
- with some charges.

WHERE: Lot N-8 900
Huron
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 3 p.m.
WHAT: A vehicle was
towed after being declared
as abandoned by the owner,
University Police reported.
Iced Tee
WHERE: University Golf
Course
WHEN: Wednesday at about
2:30 p.m.
WHAT: Ice from a snow
plow struck a vehicle's
windshield, University
Police reported. There were
no injuries.

WHAT: Duo David Tamu-
levich and Michael Hough
head back to the place
where they started in 1974
for a nostalgic gig.
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark

WHAT: West-African
duo Bassekou Kouyate and
Fatoumata Diawara play an
American influenced set.
WHO: University Musical
Society
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan
Theater

T H R[ T HINGS YOU
SHOULD KNOW TOAY/
Nerf has detailed a new
prototype, the N-Strike
Elite Cam ECS-12, which
will sport a camera to record
your best "kills," Gizmodo
reported. A four gigabyte
memory card will be able to
hold 2,000 photos or three
hours of video.
Katie Steen comments
on the University's late
reponse on the Gib-
bons case. "There's a kind
of learned helplessness that
seems to have developed in
regard to the Gibbons case."
>4 FOR MORE, SEE OPINION, PAGE 4
Robots can feel, sort of
European researchers
have given a man back
the ability to feel the sensation
of touch through a new
prosthetic hand, USA Today
reported. The prosthetic is
a landmark achievement in
sensory feedback.

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WHAT: A night of modern
dance choregraphed by
faculty and a guest artist.
Student tickets are $10.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Power Center

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garners positive reviews

Obama to sign Farm Bill at
Michigan State University

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Simplified Clifford Lampe specializes in
Social Media applications and
erface aims to has collaborated with Facebook,
s Google, YouTube and LinkedIn
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"I think that the main strat-
y WILLIAM LANE egy is to have a more compelling
Daily StaffReporter mobile application," Lampe said.
"The original app isn't optimized
rastinators beware, Face- for the mobile touch interface;
as developed a new way it's basically a smaller version of
its users glued to their their site."
devices. The release of the app came at
er", which launched a landmark time for Facebook as
y, is drastically different they celebrated their 10th anni-
ie original Facebook app. versary the day after Paper's
ires a simple, full-screen release. Now, more people
nd makes use of catego- access social media sites through
livide the information the mobile devices than they do
es. These include a "Face- through their desktop computer,
ategory" for information Lampe said.
riends, as well as various "I think the new user inter-
sews categories such as face is trying to leverage the new
nes," "enterprise" and trend of mobile access," Lampe
rs." said.

only addition. The app also now
features traditional news catego-
ries. The app draws from major
news sources for easier access to
stories for users, similar to the
Google alert feature.
"They recognize that their
users are incredibly heteroge-
neous," Lampe said. "They are
tryingto support old cranky pro-
fessors' use and young students'
use by dividing up the app into
categories ... It's a careful balanc-
ing act".
Although Facebook is one
of the world's most used social
networks, other mobile apps
have provided significant com-
petition recently, such as Snap-
chat and Instagram. Lampe said
Facebook's new app was likely
inspired by newer interface
designs like Instagram's.
While the app was released
Feb. 2, students who have down-
loaded it so far are happy with
the results.
Business sophomore Andrew
Padula recently started using the
app and said it should reshape
students' access to and consump-
tion of news.
"I like the interface, it seems
very interactive and I think a
lot of kids in college don't check
the news as much as maybe they
should, so having it there readily
available with Facebook is a ben-
efit for students by making them
more worldly," Padula said.
Engineering sophomore Th6o
Benigeri grew to like the new
app quickly.
"It took a bit of time to get
used to, but now I prefer it to the
old Facebook," Benigeri said.

New five-year
authorization
will extend food
assistance programs
DETROIT (AP) - A group of
scientists at Michigan State Uni-
versity huddled around a com-
puter screen earlier this week
- not poring over scientific data
but watching a webcast of the
U.S. Senate.
Among them was Rufus Isaa-
cs, an entomologist who leads
a team of U.S. and Canadian
scientists working to enhance
bee pollination of crops. Isaacs
was anxious to see if the Senate
would approve the long-delayed
farmbill, andwith itcontinue the
$8.6 million federal grantcritical
to his pollen project's survival.
The Senate passed the legislation
and Congress sent it to President
Barack Obama, who is expected
to sign the bill Friday on Isaacs'
campus in East Lansing.
"It was a great relief and cel-
ebration in my lab," Isaacs said
of the rare moment when pollen
took a backseat to politics. "It's
been a long wait for this."
The nearly $100 billion-a-year
federal farm bill, passed after 2
% years of legislative wrangling,
does two main things: Almost
80 percent of the money goes to
food stamps for the needy, and
around 15 percent is designat-
ed for farm subsidies and crop
insurance subsidies. The pledge
of hundreds of millions of dol-
lars for agricultural research is

a relative drop in the bucket, but
it's pumping money into univer-
sities across the country, partic-
ularly for advanced agricultural
research.
Obama's visit to Michigan
State is a nod to the primary
role a fellow Democrat, Michi-
gan U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow,
chairwoman of the Senate's
Agriculture Committee, played
in authoring the bill and getting
it passed.
But Tom Coon, director of the
university's extension program,
also said the signing is appropri-
ate in a state where agriculture
is the second-largest industry,
behind only manufacturing, and
at a school founded in 1855 as the
Agricultural College of the State
of Michigan.
It's not clear exactly how
much is going to universities,
since much of the five-year farm
bill's budget represents money
authorized to be spent but not
yet appropriated in the annual
budgeting process. And other
funding will come in the form of
competitive grants that must be
matched by the private sector.
Still, experts say, it appears
to represent an overall increase
to public research schools. All
of the research funding from
the last farm bill continues and
grows in some areas, such as spe-
cialty crop research, including
work on citrus diseases.
Another addition is $200 mil-
lion to create the Foundation for
Food Agriculture Research. The
money for the nonprofit orga-
nization is guaranteed but also
has to be matched through pri-

vate investment. The aim of the
foundation is to boost coopera-
tion between industry, academia
and private foundations, and
research will focus on safe, effi-
cient and sustainable food pro-
duction, innovations to boostthe
economy and fightglobalhunger.
Ian Maw, vice president for
food, agriculture and natural
resources with the Washington,
D.C.-based Association of Pub-
lic and Land-Grant Universities,
said mostofhis advocacyorgani-
zation's priorities were incorpo-
rated into the bill.
"Bottom line, I think it's a
good bill and we're glad it's final-
ly done," Maw said. "It was a long
and torturous trip to come to this
point."
The bill's mere passage might
be the best news of all to the
university researchers, many of
whom found themselves inlimbo
as the legislation foundered. For
instance, the pollen project led
by Michigan State's Isaacs lost
its funding when the farm bill
passed in 2007 expired at the end
of 2012.
Congress voted to extend the
bill for one year in January 2013,
but new projects in the original
bill with mandatory funding
weren't authorized, and "if it's
not authorized, Congress can't
spend the money," said Coon, the
extension program director.
Coon said several university
departments "patched together"
money to maintain the work of
Isaac's team, which is studying
what growers can do about pol-
linating crops in the wake of col-
lapsingbee colonies.

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