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Teen sex and LGBT issues: It's what doctors say and how they say it

When doctors speak to teens about sex and LGBT issues, only about 3 percent of them are doing so in a way that encourages LGBT teens to discuss their sexuality, and Purdue University researchers say other doctors can learn from these conversations.


Tony Vyn nutrientBoosting global corn yields depends on improving nutrient balance

Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields, a Purdue and Kansas State University study finds.


swimming microorganisms Findings suggest how swimming cells form biofilms on surfaces

New research findings point toward future approaches to fighting bacterial biofilms that foul everything from implantable medical devices to industrial pipes and boat propellers.


Pijanowski NatsoundsNatural soundscapes may become ‘digital fossils’ of the future

Sounds are integral to Henry David Thoreau’s 'Walden,' the book about two years he spent living in a cabin in the woods near Walden Pond in Massachusetts in 1846-47 - the wind blowing through the rushes, the rumbling of the ice melting in the spring, owls screeching in the night.


Family social class, college bar scene play key role in young adults selling prescription drugs

Among young adults who misuse prescription drugs, those who also come from wealthier families or spend time at college bars are more likely to sell prescription drugs, according to new research from Purdue University.


Thomas HertelAgricultural revolution in Africa could increase global carbon emissions

Productivity-boosting agricultural innovations in Africa could lead to an increase in global deforestation rates and carbon emissions, a Purdue University study finds.


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