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Changing the grocery game: Manufacturing process provides low-cost, sustainable option for food packaging

June 26, 2018

Purdue University researchers have developed a large-scale manufacturing process that may change the way some grocery store foods are packaged. The Purdue team, led by Jeffrey Youngblood, a professor in Purdue’s School of Materials Engineering, created a new manufacturing process using cellulose nanocrystals as advanced barrier coatings for food packaging.

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High-Resolution Snapshot of Zika Virus Reveals Clues to Fighting It

June 26, 2018

Scientists have captured the clearest and most detailed image yet of Zika, the virus that set off a global health crisis in 2015 and 2016 and left thousands of babies with serious birth defects. The work could contribute to the development of more effective vaccines and treatments to combat the virus.

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Most accurate picture of Zika yet creates potential for therapeutics

June 26, 2018

Researchers have created the most accurate picture of Zika to date, finding probable drug-binding pockets on the surface of the virus and paving the way for vaccine design.

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Creature feature: Twisting cracks impart superhero toughness to animals

June 25, 2018

Super-resilient materials found in the animal kingdom owe their strength and toughness to a design strategy that causes cracks to follow the twisting pattern of fibers, preventing catastrophic failure. Researchers in a recent series of papers have documented this behavior in precise detail and also are creating new composite materials modeled after the phenomenon. The work was mainly performed at Purdue University with collaborators at the University of California, Riverside.

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Culture of collaboration at Purdue key to commercial success

June 21, 2018

At its new I-Corps Site, led by Professor Matthew Lynall, Purdue University is proving that the only way forward is together. In the last four years, collaborative work with the National Science Foundation, other state institutions and external local and national commercial stakeholders and communities has led to the creation of over 100 new scientific entrepreneurial start-ups. The innovation pipeline at Purdue is thriving in this culture of collaboration.

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Plants have unique lock to control expression of genes, study finds

June 21, 2018

Purdue University scientists have discovered evidence that the repressive structures that plants use to keep genes turned off is built with a potential self-destruct switch. The findings offer insight into ways to control gene expression to alter plants’ characteristics.

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Office of Naval Research invests in Purdue battery safety technology

June 21, 2018

Purdue students have conducted battery safety research that industry partners and research organizations are helping to translate into the larger batteries of naval warfare.

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The World Food Prize Names New Chair of Laureate Selection Committee

June 21, 2018

The World Food Prize Foundation announced today that Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, 2009 World Food Prize Laureate, has assumed the position of Chair of the Laureate Selection Committee. As chair, Dr. Ejeta will direct the annual selection of the World Food Prize Laureate. Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, said that Dr. Ejeta’s remarkable achievements have prepared him to assume this prestigious role.

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Technology enables soft contact lenses to monitor glucose, medical conditions and deliver medications

June 20, 2018

Purdue University researchers have developed soft contact lenses that not only correct vision but also can monitor glucose and medical conditions and be used for ocular pain relief or drug delivery.

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Purdue research promotes benefits of 'tickling' rats

June 20, 2018

Parents often use tickling as a playful way to lighten a child’s mood. In Brianna Gaskill’s Purdue University lab, scientists do the same thing, only with rats.

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