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Purdue team receives NIH grant to create virtual reality training solutions for cryo-EM

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A multidisciplinary project is bringing three professors from multiple Purdue colleges together for research improving training and potential interest in the scientific field of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).

Review of common construction practice finds environmental contamination, need for improved oversight and monitoring

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An in-depth review of environmental protections for a common storm water culvert repair practice — cured-in-place pipe repair, or CIPP — has revealed differing installation practices across states, water contamination incidents in 10 states and Canada, and lack of safety data for existing installation practices.

Method for identifying key regulator genes may speed improvements in fertilizer use and other efficiencies

When a plant is introduced to an abundant patch of water or fertilizer, a cascade of genetic and molecular actions lead to beneficial physiological responses such as root development and increased biomass.

Microwaved plastic increases lithium-sulfur battery life span

Purdue engineers have figured out a way to tackle plastic landfills while also improving batteries – by putting ink-free plastic soaked in sulfur-containing solvent into a microwave, and then into batteries as a carbon scaffold.

Heat and sound wave interactions in solids could run engines, refrigerators

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A solid can serve as a medium for heat and sound wave interactions just like a fluid does for thermoacoustic engines and refrigerators – resulting in leak-free machines that can stay operating longer.

Making safer and more powerful lithium-ion batteries requires the right recipe

A Purdue University team has published research that examines the relationship between the active and inactive elements of lithium-ion batteries, and how the micro- and nano-structure of their respective ingredients reflects on the performance and safety of the batteries.

Graduate School honors presented at banquet

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A variety of honors for outstanding teaching, mentoring and research were presented Monday (May 7) at the Graduate School Awards Banquet.

Oysters: One animal, two glues

Oysters build extensive reef communities by cementing to one another early in their lives. 

Purdue researchers create a new instrument to rapidly test whether drugs contain trace crystallinity

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Researchers at Purdue University have created a device that can quickly and inexpensively determine whether new pharmaceutical formulations have trace crystallinity that can negatively impact the drug’s stability and bioavailability.

Membrane can better treat wastewater, recover valuable resources

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A membrane made up of block polymers has the customizable and uniform pore sizes needed for filtering or recovering particular substances from wastewater, researchers say in a review published in Nature Partner Journals - Clean Water.

To put it concisely: Grad students win in University contests

Six graduate students recently took top honors in two Purdue contests that demand brevity and quality of expression.

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