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chimpanzees-caveSavannas challenge preconceived notions of chimpanzee behavior

While humans are able to survive in arid climates, great apes need swaths of lush forest in Africa (bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas) or Southeast Asia (orangutans) to thrive, except for some innovative savanna chimpanzees. An international team of primatologists reviewed the characteristics of these chimpanzees – and their environments – to understand how they thrive while lacking many of the biological and cultural traits that humans possess (for example, numerous sweat glands, relative hairlessness,

ruan-paint%20brushPurdue record for the whitest paint appears in latest edition of 'Guinness World Records'

Want to save big on your air conditioning bills? Wait a few years to coat your home with the world’s whitest paint, which may dramatically reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning.

ramanathan-seaslugTaking lessons from a sea slug, study points to better hardware for artificial intelligence

For artificial intelligence to get any smarter, it needs first to be as intelligent as one of the simplest creatures in the animal kingdom: the sea slug.

Purdue to host evGrand Prix 2021 championship race

Purdue University is gearing up to host the 2021 evGrand Prix, beginning Thursday (Sept. 16) through Saturday (Sept. 18) at the university’s Grand Prix track, 1500 McCormick Road in West Lafayette.

research-tipStudy: First observation of high-harmonic generation in robust, refractory metals

The generation of high harmonics from metals opens a link between solid and plasma harmonics. High-harmonic generation (HHG) is the field of creating high-frequency photons from low-frequency lasers. HHG is the cornerstone of nonlinear optics, with applications in spectroscopy, attosecond science and so on. In this study, researchers used titanium nitride to achieve HHG in refractory metals for the first time. In the future, this could pave the way to focusing the radiation down to nanoscale for use in nanomachining, nanofabrication and medical applications, as well as HHG enhancement for the generation of frequency combs for the next generation of nuclear clocks.

lange-boomerangPartnership with Boomerang Ventures to strengthen Purdue startups, bring health care innovations to market faster

Purdue University’s impact on lives around the globe may grow even stronger thanks to a new partnership.

spencer-testSpacecraft deorbiting device developed at Purdue ready for upcoming test launch

A drag sail that a team at Purdue University developed to pull launch vehicles in space back to Earth is scheduled to undergo a test launch on Thursday (Sept. 2).

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