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Cultural evolution of normative motivations for sustainable behaviour

May 23, 2018

An emerging literature on the evolution of culture can offer new explanations for how norms encourage or obstruct sustainable practices. In particular, dual-inheritance theory describes how interactions between genetic and cultural evolution give rise, in part, to prosociality. Based on this theory, we identify the concept of normative motivation — internalized desires to follow and enforce norms. We discuss the utility of this concept in progressing two major research agendas across the social and behavioural sciences: the impact of motivation on cognition and normative behaviour, and the influence of norms on the policy process.

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New minimally invasive, cost-effective method shows promise in treating cancer without harming healthy cells

May 22, 2018

Purdue University researchers have developed a minimally invasive technique that may help doctors better explore and treat cancerous cells, tissues and tumors without affecting nearby healthy cells. The method, called PLASMAT - Plasma Technologies for a Healthier Tomorrow - combines three emerging techniques that appear promising in the fight against most types of cancer.

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CRISPR-edited rice plants produce major boost in grain yield

May 21, 2018

Zhu stresses Jian-Kang Zhu’s research team used CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology to silence a suite of genes in rice, leading to a variety that yields as much as 31 percent more grain.

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Discovery Park announces winners among Integrative Data Science Initiative research proposals

May 17, 2018

Following oral presentations on May 3, a panel of judges selected eight research proposals to be funded in response to Purdue's Integrative Data Science Initiative request for proposals.

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Climate change impacts reports: Warmer, wetter weather will alter Indiana’s forests, urban green spaces

May 17, 2018

Indiana’s forests and urban green infrastructure could look dramatically different over the next century due to warmer temperatures and changed precipitation patterns brought on by climate change, according to the latest two reports by the Purdue University-based Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment.

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Discovery Park announces winners among Integrative Data Science Initiative research proposals

May 17, 2018

Following oral presentations on May 3, a panel of judges selected eight research proposals to be funded in response to Purdue's Integrative Data Science Initiative request for proposals.

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Review of common construction practice finds environmental contamination, need for improved oversight and monitoring

May 16, 2018

An in-depth review of environmental protections for a common storm water culvert repair practice — cured-in-place pipe repair, or CIPP — has revealed differing installation practices across states, water contamination incidents in 10 states and Canada, and lack of safety data for existing installation practices. Funded by six states, Purdue University researchers examined past water contamination incidents, environmental studies, industry practices and construction specifications from 32 states. Creek, river, pond, and sometimes drinking water contamination incidents were found in 10 states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

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Purdue partners with state, assists international entrepreneurs in obtaining J-1 visas

May 15, 2018

The Purdue J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is assisting seven international Purdue entrepreneurs to obtain their visas and build their startups. This program, a partnership between the Purdue Research Foundation and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), supports international researchers and/or students based at the Purdue Foundry.

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Technology turns smartphones into on-the-spot detectors for foodborne illnesses, other dangerous contaminants

May 15, 2018

Purdue University researchers have developed detection technology that allows a typical smartphone to analyze produce for foodborne pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7, which has been linked to a deadly outbreak in romaine lettuce.

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Purdue team receives NIH grant to create virtual reality training solutions for cryo-EM

May 15, 2018

A multidisciplinary project is bringing three professors from multiple Purdue colleges together for research improving training and potential interest in the scientific field of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).

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