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C4E Affiliates part of HHS Push for Environmental Justice

June 18, 2021

Researchers in the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), who are leaders in the Center for the Environment's Chemical Exposure Research Area, are examining human health responses to dangerous chemical and metal exposures in Indiana. Much of their work has already garnered headlines and publications, but more importantly, it has brought attention to at-risk Indiana communities, which could eventually lead to policy changes and a healthier Hoosier state.

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3 “BRIGHT” MINUTES: Solar energy without solar cells

June 17, 2021

The sun doesn’t just keep us warm and help us find our way during the day. Enough sunlight hits the Earth in one hour to meet the human world’s energy needs for an entire year.

3 “BRIGHT” MINUTES: Solar energy without solar cells

Artificial photosynthesis promises source of energy

June 17, 2021

Humans can do lots of things that plants can't do. We can walk around, we can talk, we can hear and see and touch. But plants have one major advantage over humans: They can make energy directly from the sun.

Artificial photosynthesis promises source of energy

Artificial Photosynthesis Promises Clean, Sustainable Source of Energy

June 17, 2021

Humans can do lots of things that plants can’t do. We can walk around, we can talk, we can hear and see and touch. But plants have one major advantage over humans: They can make energy directly from the sun.

Artificial Photosynthesis Promises Clean, Sustainable Source of Energy

Purdue innovation affordably turning plastics into fuel

June 17, 2021

Hasler Ventures LLC plans to scale up to commercial levels a Purdue University patented technology that may accelerate the volume of waste plastic recycling. The innovation is called Low-Pressure Hydrothermal Processing. It promises an economically and environmentally safe way to transform polyolefin plastic, the most common form of plastic, into gasoline, diesel fuel and other high-value items. Developed by Linda Wang, the Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, the research was published in a 2021 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Fuel.

Purdue innovation affordably turning plastics into fuel

Artificial Photosynthesis Shows Promise as Sustainable, Clean Energy Source

June 16, 2021

This process of converting solar light directly into usable energy, known as photosynthesis, may soon become an achievement that can be mimicked by humans to harness solar energy for storable, clean and efficient fuel. If this becomes a reality, it could potentially pave the way to clean energy. Sufficient energy hits the earth in the form of solar light in one hour to fulfill all the energy requirements of human civilization for a whole year.

Artificial Photosynthesis Shows Promise as Sustainable, Clean Energy Source

Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Peregrine Falcon

June 9, 2021

Indiana has a reputation for speed. The Indianapolis 500, known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” is recognized as one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events. In 1996, the fastest lap in Indianapolis 500 history was recorded at 236.103 mph. While incredibly fast, it still does not surpass the top speed of peregrine falcons: the world’s fastest animal and a native of Indiana. “Other birds of prey in our state, like hawks, have broad wings and tails that let them soar in circles for long distances before pouncing on prey. Falcons are more streamlined,” explained John “Barny” Dunning, professor of wildlife ecology.

Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Peregrine Falcon

Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Neuroscience

June 7, 2021

A postdoctoral research associate position is available immediately to investigate the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) as physiological signaling molecules in axonal growth and guidance in the lab of Dr. Daniel M. Suter at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

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Study Shows COVID-19 Virus Not Likely To Integrate Human DNA

June 4, 2021

According to a study in the Journal of Virology last month, SARS-CoV-2 likely does not integrate its genetic material into human DNA.

Study Shows COVID-19 Virus Not Likely To Integrate Human DNA

New radiation therapy for prostate cancer reduces deaths, study shows

June 3, 2021

By the time Michael Rosenblum’s prostate cancer was discovered, it was already at a late stage. He’d initially sought medical help because of excruciating back pain, but, during an exam, doctors found a tumor on his spine and tests revealed a skyrocketing prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, score. Chemotherapy didn’t help much, so when doctors offered the opportunity to be in a clinical trial for a new experimental treatment, Rosenblum jumped at it.

New radiation therapy for prostate cancer reduces deaths, study shows