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urban rainfallCities living with a strong chance of rain

Heavy rain can overwhelm municipal infrastructure and lead to flooding that can threaten lives and property. The U.S. alone spends millions - and sometimes billions - of dollars per year on flood recovery, and more is spent around the world.


Tyler TrentTyler Trent’s donated cells to help trio of new research projects

The Purdue Center for Cancer Research is honoring the legacy of Tyler Trent – the Purdue graduate and superfan who died Jan. 1 at age 20 of the rare bone cancer osteosarcoma – through three new collaborative research initiatives, including one that involves using his cancer cells.


Arrieta image‘Spidey senses’ could help autonomous machines see better

What if drones and self-driving cars had the tingling “spidey senses” of Spider-Man?


Dudareva plantsPurdue researchers discover new transportation route for plant volatile compounds

Flowers use volatile compounds called terpenes to communicate with and protect themselves from the outside world. The aromas produced welcome pollinators while warding off pests and disease.


work schedulesA work patch for better nursing home care

Placing a loved one in a nursing home can be a traumatic experience for the entire family with concerns about the care and attention they will receive. Imagine if those concerns were eased, simply by some changes in the way the schedules are done for the staff at that facility.


fern collageHow one fern can soak up so much arsenic – and not die

Arsenic-contaminated soil and groundwater pose risks to millions of Americans and hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Cleaning up the toxic metal is a laborious and expensive process, with some remediations of arsenic reaching into the hundreds of millions of dollars.


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