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October 16, 2020

How a 2nd-grade class sent a science experiment to space

A second-grader in Indiana asked, “If a firefly went to space, would it still be able to light up as it floated in zero gravity?” Her teacher asked a friend, Purdue AAE’s Steven Collicott, for the answer. He suggested that her class build the experiment and send it to space to find out.
October 16, 2020

NASA awards $2.8M to Purdue’s Indiana Space Grant Consortium

The Indiana Space Grant Consortium, headquartered at Purdue University, has received a $2.8 million grant from NASA to support student and faculty learning projects. The consortium helps launch interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for elementary students to graduate students.
October 15, 2020

All-terrain microrobot flips through a live colon

A rectangular robot as tiny as a few human hairs can travel throughout a colon by doing back flips to transport drugs in humans, Purdue University engineers have demonstrated in live animal models.
October 15, 2020

New farm field hands: autonomous robots

Could autonomous robots be the field hands of the future? Automated machines will better help farms of all sizes feed a growing population in a way that is both environmentally and economically sustainable.
October 13, 2020

From bovine disease to COVID-19: Rapid test builds on work with cows

A couple of years ago, I was sitting next to an engineer-farmer who raises beef cattle. He mentioned the challenge of bovine respiratory disease, and how it is difficult to determine what therapy is appropriate because there is a lack of information on which pathogen is causing the disease. Oftentimes, antibiotics fail, and the treatment proceeds by trial and error.
October 9, 2020

Electrifying times in transportation

In the United States, the transportation sector accounts for 28% of energy consumption, 70% of petroleum use and 29% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is argued that as much as an 80% reduction in worldwide emissions may be needed to stabilize the atmospheric concentration of GHG over the next three decades — at the same time that our nation’s infrastructure is aging, and in need of trillions of dollars in repairs and reconstruction.
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