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Agee tornadoTornado fatalities continue to fall, despite population growth in Tornado Alley

The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 ushered in a movement of westward migration in the United States, and with new territory came new challenges – and weather phenomena. The rate of tornado-related fatalities increased faster than the rate of population growth until the start of the 20th century, according to a new study in the journal Weather, Climate, and Society.

O'Haire serviceService dogs benefit the well-being of their handlers, research shows

Low self-confidence. Social isolation. Longing for independence.

Zhang holostreamRelieving the pain and time of sharing 3D video content

You might have a music video – and a Purdue University professor – to thank for making a future trip to see the doctor much easier.

kannan-illustrationPlaying chess in a world made for checkers

Businesses of the past operated like a rookie playing darts, throwing something and hoping it sticks.

Subbarayan chirpNew center to bring higher-performance computing at lower cost

The cost of computing has been steadily decreasing as companies pack more components and functions onto a single chip, for applications ranging from smartphones to large mainframe computers.

albatross-midwayMillions of tons of the world’s plastic waste could be turned into clean fuels, other products through chemical conversion

The United Nations estimates that more than 8 million tons of plastics flow into the oceans each year. A new chemical conversion process could transform the world’s polyolefin waste, a form of plastic, into useful products, such as clean fuels and other items.

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