Past News

Purdue research team works to meet the United Nations’ sustainable development goals

August 10, 2017

Thomas W. Hertel, Purdue University professor of agricultural economics, and his team aim to develop a multidisciplinary approach for managing the earth’s unowned natural resources such as the oceans, atmosphere, and space, also known as the global commons, in order to establish an applied research consortium which will analyze scenarios and explore policy alternatives. These alternatives will promote responsible public and private investment, sustainable management of critical, shared natural resources, and collective action toward meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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Purdue researchers uncover what makes black holes shine

August 10, 2017

Researchers at Purdue University have successfully simulated powerful flows of plasma leaving a black hole, bringing us one step closer to understanding the complicated relationship between supermassive black holes and their host galaxies.

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Super-light material possesses high strength, other attributes

August 9, 2017

A new featherweight, flame-resistant and super-elastic “metamaterial” has been shown to combine high strength with electrical conductivity and thermal insulation, suggesting potential applications from buildings to aerospace. The composite combines nanolayers of a ceramic called aluminum oxide with graphene, which is an extremely thin sheet of carbon. Although both the ceramic and graphene are brittle, the new metamaterial has a honeycomb microstructure that provides super-elasticity and structural robustness.

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New CubeSat propulsion system uses water as propellant

August 7, 2017

A new type of micropropulsion system for miniature satellites called CubeSats uses an innovative design of tiny nozzles that release precise bursts of water vapor to maneuver the spacecraft. Low-cost “microsatellites” and “nanosatellites” far smaller than conventional spacecraft, have become increasingly prevalent. Thousands of the miniature satellites might be launched to perform a variety of tasks, from high-resolution imaging and internet services, to disaster response, environmental monitoring and military surveillance.

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New solid lubricant shown to reduce friction and wear on steel surfaces

August 7, 2017

Researchers have created a new type of non-liquid lubricant that has been shown to reduce friction and wear significantly under the extreme conditions found in various applications, from air compressors to missile systems.

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Study tests the complexity of important plant hormones

August 7, 2017

A Purdue University study confirms complex associations among plant hormones and their signaling pathways that are key to controlling plant architecture.

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Improved air quality research software to help reduce emissions, pollution

August 2, 2017

Purdue University researchers are developing an on-site computer and software system that could provide a more flexible, high-quality and user-friendly way to conduct agriculture-based air quality research to better understand and limit emission and pollution impact. Jiqin Ni, an associate professor, and Albert Heber, a professor, both in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, invented the technology.

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New cancer therapy eliminates toxic delivery vehicles for microRNA

August 2, 2017

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a mechanism for delivering tumor-suppressing microRNAs that eliminates the need for toxic delivery vehicles.

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Lilly and Purdue University announce strategic research collaboration

July 6, 2017

Lilly will provide up to $52 million to fund life science research over five years

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Purdue researchers looking to improve net-zero housing

June 26, 2017

Low-income families typically dedicate three times as much of their household income to energy costs than the average family. Purdue University political science professor Leigh Raymond is leading a team that is researching a way to make energy-efficient housing and transportation more affordable for these families.

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