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Purdue faculty, Indiana housing pair up to research energy use

October 12, 2017

Residents in several Indiana communities are part of new Purdue research determining how households consume energy. Panagiota Karava, an associate professor of civil engineering in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, is heading up the four-year research project, which involves faculty from eight Purdue schools and departments.

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Apple trees bear more fruit when surrounded by good neighbors

October 11, 2017

Research led by Purdue University professor Peter Hirst shows that pollen from some apple trees may be better for pollinating high-value apples.

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Purdue leads climate change initiative to help Hoosiers better understand risks

October 11, 2017

Purdue University’s Climate Change Research Center is leading a new statewide initiative to compile the latest scientific research into a series of reports designed to provide Indiana decision makers with accessible, understandable and timely information about climate change impacts.

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Purdue innovation could provide inexpensive, clean way for US to enter $4 billion market to recover rare earth elements

October 11, 2017

New efficient and inexpensive technologies being developed at Purdue University could allow the extraction of rare earth elements, critical components of many electronics and green products, from waste coal ash. This innovation could enable the U.S. to enter into the $4 billion rare earth element production market while recycling coal ash in an environmentally friendly way. The value of the products that require rare earth metals is valued at more than $4 trillion per year.

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Single ‘solitons’ promising for optical technologies

October 9, 2017

Researchers are a step closer to harnessing single pulses of light called solitons, using tiny ring-shaped microresonators, in findings that could aid efforts to develop advanced sensors, high-speed optical communications and research tools.

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Technology that led to the recent Nobel Prize was critical in Purdue’s study of the Zika virus structure

October 6, 2017

Purdue University researchers Michael Rossmann and Richard Kuhn have been at the forefront of discovery with the help of a technology that recently led to a Nobel Prize in chemistry for three scientists. It’s called cryo-electron microscopy, a technology that allows scientists to see complex biological specimens, including viruses, at almost atomic-scale resolution.

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Ancient asteroid impact exposes the moon’s interior

October 4, 2017

Scientists have long assumed that all the planets in our solar system look the same beneath the surface, but a study published in Geology on Oct. 4 tells a different story.

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Inverter improvement clears way for smaller, more efficient motor drive systems for electric vehicles

October 4, 2017

Oleg Wasynczuk, a professor in Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Minyu Cai, a recent Ph.D. graduate have found a way to make smaller, more efficient motor drive systems for hybrid and electric cars, trucks, trains, ships and aircraft.

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California animal welfare laws led to higher egg prices, lower production

October 2, 2017

Laws that changed animal confinement standards in California raised the price of eggs dramatically upon adoption and have kept prices higher than had the laws not been enacted, according to a Purdue University study. An analysis of the laws’ effects on egg production and prices in California could inform other states considering similar legislation.

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Cover crops increase destruction of weed seed in fields, shed light on predator interactions

September 27, 2017

Cover crops have been promoted for their abilities to reduce erosion and retain or enhance soil nutrients. Now there is evidence that they can significantly reduce weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank.

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