Research Spotlights

Students building rocket for moon vehicle
Purdue University students are designing and building a rocket engine that might be used in a vehicle to land on the moon.
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SpeechVive completes funding to move speech aid for Parkinson's patients to the public
April 07, 2014
SpeechVive Inc. announced the completion of nearly $700,000 in funding to move a speech aid innovation for people with Parkinson's disease to the public. Jim Jones and Kirk Foster, both of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, developed the SpeechVive technology along with Jessica Huber, associate professor of speech, language and hearing sciences.
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Smartphone to become smarter with 'deep learning' innovation
March 24, 2014
Researchers are working to enable smartphones and other mobile devices to understand and immediately identify objects in a camera's field of view, overlaying lines of text that describe items in the environment.
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Brain graft is newest use for biomaterial licensed from Purdue University
March 17, 2014
A brain graft developed from a biomaterial licensed from Purdue and designed by Cook Medical has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration to treat troublesome leaks of brain fluid that can occur after tumor or sinus surgery or head trauma.
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'Ultracold' molecules promising for quantum computing, simulation
March 13, 2014
Researchers have created a new type of "ultracold" molecule, using lasers to cool atoms nearly to absolute zero and then gluing them together, a technology that might be applied to quantum computing, precise sensors and advanced simulations.
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Cholesterol-metabolism study suggests new diagnostic, treatment approach for aggressive prostate cancer
March 05, 2014
Researchers have discovered a link between prostate cancer aggressiveness and the accumulation of a compound produced when cholesterol is metabolized in cells, findings that could bring new diagnostic and treatment methods.
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Riyi Shi joins international initiative to study brain mechanics and trauma research
February 04, 2014
A new International Brain Mechanics and Trauma Lab (IBMTL) has been established as part of an international initiative to study brain cell and tissue mechanics and their relation with brain functions, disease, and trauma. The team comprises Riyi Shi, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Weldon School, and colleagues from Oxford University, the Technical University of Madrid, and the University of California.
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UFO cross-section gives snakes a lift
February 03, 2014
Research by Pavlos Vlachos and colleagues at Virginia Tech sheds light on how the snake's body works like an airfoil to generate lift forces to keep them airborne as they descend through the air in the Southeast Asian rainforest.
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Research could bring new devices that control heat flow
January 31, 2014
Researchers are proposing a new technology that might control the flow of heat the way electronic devices control electrical current, an advance that could have applications in a diverse range of fields from electronics to textiles.
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'Inverse opal' structure improves thin-film solar cells
January 14, 2014
ECE researchers have shown how to increase the efficiency of thin-film solar cells, a technology that could bring low-cost solar energy. The approach uses 3-D "photonic crystals" to absorb more sunlight than conventional thin-film cells.
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