The State – 03/14/22

Rachel Fulton

MSU student designs product to prevent limescale 

Michigan State University chemistry sophomore Matthew Othmer has created a product to eliminate limescale in homes without the use of a water softener.

Othmer’s product, the Posi-Snap, is described as an “eco-friendly, cost-saving solution to limescale.”

It works by producing a flux field that alters the energy level of calcium ions, preventing the calcium carbonate from adhering to piping, water heaters and faucets and allowing it to pass out of water seamlessly.

He created the product by scaling down commercial water treatment systems.

Within 30-60 days, the Posi-Snap can make a significant difference in limescale deposits.

Limescale is the hard, chalky and typically yellow or white residue left behind by hard water.

It can be found in and around water spots and can be difficult to remove.

Although limescale isn’t necessarily toxic, it can cause unsightly stains, wreak havoc on appliances and plumbing, and dry out skin and hair, according to American Home Water & Air.

‘There are going to be some changes:’ Michigan State hockey to make big changes for 2022-23

Michigan State Head Coach Danton Cole has promised to bring big changes to MSU hockey after a lengthy losing streak and last place finish in the Big Ten conference.

Cole said all options are on the table between the transfer portal and staff shake-ups.

However, Cole believes the team is not far off from competing at the top level MSU hockey used to be at in the early 2000’s.

MSU graduated seven seniors this season, opening up many roster spots for next year’s squad.

Senior defenseman Dennis Cesana signed an AHL contract, ruling out the possibility of him returning for his fifth year of eligibility.

The futures of the other six remain unknown.

FINAL: Purdue 75, Michigan State 70, Spartans comeback bid falters in final minutes

Michigan State fell short against Purdue in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday afternoon, 75-70.

The Spartans were hampered early on due to back-to-back injuries to junior guard Tyson Walker and sophomore guard AJ Hoggard.

Hoggard persisted on and kept the Spartans alive during the game, but it ultimately wasn’t enough as Michigan State failed to keep up with sophomore guard Jaden Ivey.

Ivey finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists. The Spartans now look ahead to the NCAA Tournament.

Based on original reporting by Madison Rose, Sam Sklar and Sean Reider. Script by Shakyra Mabone.