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Brain-imaging system uses ‘multi-pupil’ prism arrays

May 8, 2017

A specialized type of adaptive-optics technology that has been demonstrated by taking high-resolution time-lapse images of functioning brain cells might be used to better understand how the brain works. The system is capable of revealing changing details of biological processes in cells over a larger field of view than otherwise possible, allowing “high throughput” essential for the study of brain activity.

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Study researches ‘gorilla arm’ fatigue in mid-air computer usage

May 8, 2017

Researchers at Purdue University’s C Design Lab are studying arm and muscle fatigue connected to advancements in the use of hand gestures for mid-air computer interaction. Computer interaction improvements have included the expanding use of natural motions and gestures to control floating graphical user interfaces. As a result, fatigue from prolonged use of the motions and gestures has become an issue.

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Device utilizing molecular technique could provide ultra-sensitive, automated system to detect viruses, disease

May 2, 2017

An innovation at Purdue University could allow highly sensitive detection of an infectious disease such as HIV or whooping cough by using a low-cost, automated, point-of-care test similar in packaging to a pregnancy test. The paper-based test could allow ultra-sensitive detection of pathogens with minimal user interaction and without having to send the test to a lab and wait for results.

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Study: Food ingredient blends more sensitive to climate change

May 1, 2017

A recent Purdue study, featured on the cover of the May edition of the Journal of Food Science, deciphers why food ingredient blends are more sensitive to changes in climate than single ingredients. Understanding how food ingredients interact differently when blended can help those in the industry consider best practices to handle or package their product for a longer shelf life.

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‘Volumetric’ imaging method reveals chemical content, might lead to systems that eliminate need to draw blood for lab tests

April 27, 2017

A “chemical imaging” system that uses a special type of laser beam to penetrate deep into tissue might lead to technologies that eliminate the need to draw blood for analyses including drug testing and early detection of diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

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Technology could help minimize the risk of head injuries from playground falls

April 26, 2017

A company based at Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana is commercializing technology that could help minimize the risk of children’s head injuries from playgrounds falls. Sonam Technologies recently received a U.S. design patent for its ST Impact Analyzer CH, a portable electronic tester that can measure and record impact data for the surfaces of playgrounds or other sports surfaces.

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New drug compounds could provide non-toxic, effective way to inhibit enzymes that cause cancers

April 25, 2017

Drug compounds being developed at Purdue University could effectively target and inhibit protein kinase enzymes and secondary mutated versions that drive multiple types of cancers. The compounds are non-toxic compared to conventional drugs, potentially eliminating adverse patient side effects.

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‘Data-driven’ design could lead to improved lithium-ion batteries

April 24, 2017

Purdue University is working with MIT and Stanford University in a project funded by the Toyota Research Institute to improve rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and accelerate their integration into electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Rechargeable ‘spin battery’ promising for spintronics and quantum computing

April 19, 2017

Researchers have shown how to create a rechargeable “spin battery” made out of materials called topological insulators, a step toward building new spintronic devices and quantum computers.

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Device meant to feed astronauts on Mars may first make debut in Africa

April 18, 2017

A team from Purdue University, including Carlos Corvalan (from left), Osvaldo Campanella, Martin Okos and Amudhan Ponrajan, has developed a lightweight food extruder for NASA that could have immediate benefits in African countries.

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