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Purdue and Indian universities to collaborate on entrepreneurship and pharmaceutical sciences initiative

May 31, 2019

Purdue has just announced a partnership with two Indian universities in the state of Andhra Pradesh -- Andhra University and Sri Venkateswara University -- to collaborate on capacity-building activities focusing on entrepreneurship and pharmaceutical sciences. The partnership is part of the government of India’s Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) program, intended to improve the quality of Indian state public institutions, recognizing that the development of the country’s entrepreneurial talent is critically important to job creation and overall economic prosperity.

Purdue and Indian universities to collaborate on entrepreneurship and pharmaceutical sciences initiative

Purdue and Indian universities to collaborate on entrepreneurship and pharmaceutical sciences initiative

May 30, 2019

Purdue has just announced a partnership with two Indian universities in the state of Andhra Pradesh -- Andhra University and Sri Venkateswara University -- to collaborate on capacity-building activities focusing on entrepreneurship and pharmaceutical sciences. The partnership is part of the government of India’s Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) program, intended to improve the quality of Indian state public institutions, recognizing that the development of the country’s entrepreneurial talent is critically important to job creation and overall economic prosperity.

Purdue and Indian universities to collaborate on entrepreneurship and pharmaceutical sciences initiative

Space Debris and Purdue's 150th in Mumbai (in Marathi)

May 29, 2019

The article features the challenges in Space Debris Management and how researchers around the world, including Purdue University and its efforts. The Purdue University's Ideas Festival from January 2019 and Astronaut Jerry Ross are also featured in the article.

Space Debris and Purdue's 150th in Mumbai (in Marathi)

Samsung's new 'deepfake' tech can make Einstein and Mona Lisa come back to life

May 28, 2019

People have long wondered what would happen if Mona Lisa could talk and with Samsung's new deepfake tech (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1b5aiTrGzY), they could find out using 'deepfakes'. Edward Delp, the director of the Video and Imaging Processing Lab at Purdue University remarks, "It's possible that people are going to use fake videos to make fake news and insert these into a political election." He adds, "There's been some evidence of that in other elections throughout the world already."

Samsung's new 'deepfake' tech can make Einstein and Mona Lisa come back to life

Robot drones that fly; Hummingbird robot that emulates drones

May 20, 2019

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers announced on Monday that they have developed the first experimental robot drone that flies like a typical quadcopter, drives on tough terrain and squeezes into tight spaces using the same motors. In a related development, Purdue University researchers said on Monday that they have engineered flying robots that behave like hummingbirds, trained by machine learning algorithms based on various techniques the bird uses naturally every day. This means that after learning from a simulation, the robot “knows" how to move around on its own like a hummingbird would, such as discerning when to perform an escape maneuver.

Robot drones that fly; Hummingbird robot that emulates drones

Soft drinks, including diet sodas, contribute to increased sugar intake and total calorie consumption in children

May 16, 2019

Children who enjoy sweetened soft drinks consume more total calories and sugar compared with their water- and milk-drinking peers, according to a new study, “Consumption of Low-calorie Sweetened Beverages is Associated with Higher Total Energy and Sugar Intake Among Children, NHANES 2011-2016,” published Thursday (May 2) in the journal Pediatric Obesity. Susan E. Swithers, a professor in Purdue University’s Department of Psychological Sciences, is a co-author of the study, which sought to understand the effects of consuming beverages that contain artificial sweeteners on children’s eating and drinking patterns.

Soft drinks, including diet sodas, contribute to increased sugar intake and total calorie consumption in children

Chhole, Saambar ‘Unaffordable’ Once, Not Anymore: What Changed?

May 9, 2019

Storage is an issue. IIPR says radiation with low doses of gamma rays can prevent the infestation of bruchids (called ghun in Hindi). Dr Pooran Gaur of ICRISAT says that triple layer bags developed by Purdue University do the same, by depriving insects of oxygen. These bags are inexpensive, and don’t need insecticides. Odisha has distributed 60,000 of them to groundnut farmers this year. ICRISAT recommends them also for pulses.

Chhole, Saambar ‘Unaffordable’ Once, Not Anymore: What Changed?

Manipulated Video & Audio Made using ‘Deepfakes’ Poses Threat to Elections

May 7, 2019

A video on social media shows a high-ranking U.S. legislator declaring his support for an overwhelming tax increase. You react accordingly because the video looks like him and sounds like him, so certainly it has be him. “It’s possible that people are going to use fake videos to make fake news and insert these into a political election,” said Delp, the Charles William Harrison Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “There’s been some evidence of that in other elections throughout the world already.

Manipulated Video & Audio Made using ‘Deepfakes’ Poses Threat to Elections

Bringing ‘space trash’ safely back to Earth

April 30, 2019

Orbital debris from spacecraft, the defunct satellites and fragments of spent rockets left suspended in Earth’s atmosphere, are slowly making their way back to Earth. Objects usually return after a few years, but debris trapped in higher orbits can remain for more than a century. Purdue University’s David Spencer, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics, aims to develop a system that in the future would deorbit spacecraft launched by companies like SpaceX, OneWeb, and Boeing, as the spacecraft complete their missions. A space junk animation is available here.

Bringing ‘space trash’ safely back to Earth

Plaksha University: A new school of thought

April 29, 2019

Interestingly, when it comes to naming, many new institutes and universities are borrowing from the past. Nalanda was an ancient seat of learning, and is a modern university now. Takshashila and Ashoka, too, invoke a celebrated past. Now, Plaksha (Sanskrit for the ficus tree; many a gurukulas are imagined to have flourished under its shade) joins the league. While the campus will be ready only by 2021, Plaksha has announced its first course, the Technology Leaders Fellowship Program (TLFP), curated by Arvind Raman, senior associate dean of Faculty, Purdue University, and an academic advisor to Plaksha. A residential programme, TLFP will start in August 2019 at the upcoming Plaksha Innovation Center in Gurgaon.

Plaksha University: A new school of thought

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