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Dukes alienOne-sixth of land on Earth is highly vulnerable to invasive species

One-sixth of the Earth's land is highly vulnerable to invasive species, and most countries have a limited capacity to protect their natural resources from non-native animals, plants or microbes, a global analysis shows.


Soluble corn fiber can help young women build bone, and older women preserve bone

Supplementing with soluble corn fiber at two critical times in a woman’s life – adolescence and post-menopause – can help build and retain calcium in bone, according to new research from Purdue University.


bermel fullspectrumHybrid system designed to harvest 'full spectrum' of solar energy

A new concept could bring highly efficient solar power by combining three types of technologies that convert different parts of the light spectrum and also store energy for use after sundown.


Center of U.S. tornado activity shifting east and south, possibly due to climate change

A Purdue University research team has found that the center of tornado activity in the United States has shifted in recent decades, and this shift is possibly influenced by climate change.


huang cellSuper-resolution 3-D microscopy images cells in unprecedented detail

A new ultra-high resolution 'nanoscope' is capable of taking 3-D images of an entire cell and its cellular constituents in unprecedented detail, an advance that could reveal biological phenomena never before seen and bring new medical insights.


Study: seawalls, coastal forests in Japan help reduce tsunami damage

Researchers who analyzed a history of tsunamis along the Pacific coast of Japan’s Tohoku region have learned that seawalls higher than 5 meters reduce damage and death, while coastal forests also play an important role in protecting the public.


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