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System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants


A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems.

Optogenetics used to kick start gene that plays role in neural defects


Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine scientists were able to force an epigenetic reaction that turns on and off a gene known to determine the fate of the neural stem cells, a finding that could lead to new therapeutics in the fight against select cancers and neural diseases.

FYI: Abbreviations exclude readers in scientific communication, experts say


The universal use of abbreviations in higher education is intended to simplify, but really they stifle scientific communication, according to Purdue University ostracism experts.

Super-resolution system reveals mechanics of tiny ‘DNA walker’


Researchers have introduced a new type of “super-resolution” microscopy and used it to discover the precise walking mechanism behind tiny structures made of DNA that could find biomedical and industrial applications.

Purdue students gain hands-on experience with virtual reality at Envision Center


Purdue student employees at ITaP’s Envision Center are working with cutting-edge technology to build virtual reality simulations and data visualization tools for research and education.

Project drawing on recovery lessons from Hurricane Sandy aims to improve U.S. resilience and disaster preparedness


Purdue University will lead research to determine why some communities recover from natural disasters more quickly than others, an effort aimed at addressing the nation's critical need for more resilient infrastructure and to enhance preparedness.

Study measures psychological support provided by service dogs


The physical benefits service dogs provide in assisting people with disabilities are well-known, but a new study conducted by a Purdue University research team reveals that service dogs also contribute significantly to emotional and psychosocial well-being.

Coffee Break Consultations help Purdue faculty, students use research computing resources


As part of her research at Purdue’s Intelligent Infrastructure Systems Laboratory, Alana Wilbee creates fragility curves that indicate how likely a building is to be damaged by an earthquake. She simulates the effects of thousands of different kinds of earthquakes on the structure – something that requires a lot of computation.

Purdue researchers receive funding to commercialize new type of sodium batteries and novel antibiotic for chronic wound healing


Two Purdue University researchers will share $55,000 from the Trask Innovation Fund to further develop their innovations through the commercialization pipeline.

Monster Martian volcano unlike anything on Earth, scientists say


An unusual meteorite found in Algeria in 2012 has given scientists information about volcanic activity on Mars, and it's not like anything we've ever seen on Earth.

Study: Cities in India need to consider extreme rainfall when planning new infrastructure


Researchers from Purdue University and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have determined that rapidly urbanizing areas on the Indian subcontinent are more likely than established cities to experience extreme rainfall events during the summer monsoon season, a finding that is important for shaping storm water system design, water resource policy and urban flood management in the region.

Materials study probes ‘field-assisted’ processing for high-tech ceramic components


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A new project will study the fundamental mechanisms behind a method that uses electrical fields to enhance ceramics-sintering processing to manufacture components for a range of military and commercial applications.

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