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horgan-centerPurdue scientist ready for Mars rover touchdown to begin exploring the red planet

The Mars Perseverance Rover will fly 300 million miles over almost seven months, but the seven minutes spent waiting to receive a radio signal confirming the rover has landed will seem like an eternity for scientists and researchers back on Earth.

bose-a21New study ties India’s genetic diversity to language, not geography

The popularity of genetic and ancestry services like and 23andMe attests that people care about where their ancestors originated. The underlying assumption is that the geography of one’s forebears affects one’s genes today.

scalo-portraitTurbulence model could help design aircraft capable of handling extreme scenarios

In 2018, passengers onboard a flight to Australia experienced a terrifying 10-second nosedive when a vortex trailing their plane crossed into the wake of another flight. The collision of these vortices, the airline suspected, created violent turbulence that led to a free fall.

nateghi-internetTurn off that camera during virtual meetings, environmental study says

It’s not just to hide clutter anymore – add “saving the planet” to the reasons you leave the camera off during your next virtual meeting.

plants-microbeOG.jpgModern tomatoes can’t get same soil microbe boost as ancient ancestors

Tomato plants are especially vulnerable to foliar diseases that can kill them or impact yield. These problems require a number of pesticides in conventional crops and make organic production especially difficult.

human-calcitoninNew drug form may help treat osteoporosis, calcium-related disorders

A novel form of a drug used to treat osteoporosis that comes with the potential for fewer side effects may provide a new option for patients.

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