News Service

Wednesday, August 17

  • Researchers studying leaf angle aim to improve yields, inspire young scientists

    To better understand the underlying structure of corn leaf angle, an interdisciplinary research team is working to identify the genes using a robot developed at Iowa State to capture 3D images of corn in the field as well as transcriptomic- and CRISPR-based tools. The research, supported by a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant, has the potential to aid in the engineering of new hybrids and boost yields.

  • Researchers explore how people adapt to cybersickness from virtual reality

    Initial results from an Iowa State study indicate cybersickness symptoms from virtual reality improve with just three, 20-minute sessions over a week, but a higher percentage of women and people who are prone to motion sickness have a harder time adapting.

  • Study shows Gulf of Maine cooling for 900 years, then quickly warming since late 1800s

    Researchers combined a marine history based on geochemical information in clam shells with thousands of computer simulations to determine that centuries of cooling in the Gulf of Maine suddenly reversed in the late 1800s. The researchers' climate models say greenhouse gas emissions have been a major driver of the warming in the Gulf of Maine.

  • Apprentices hone their writing, speaking skills through ISU-John Deere partnership

    Through a partnership with John Deere, faculty in ISU’s English Department are helping high school apprentices sharpen their writing and speaking skills through a four-week communications training in Davenport, Waterloo and East Moline, Illinois.

  • See how ISU research is part of your everyday life at the Iowa State Fair

    As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Ames National Laboratory is heading to the Iowa State Fair this year to demonstrate how scientists at Ames Lab and Iowa State University are tackling big challenges, from lead-free solder to upcycling and recycling to more efficient cooling systems.

  • Linking diversity at performing arts nonprofits with marketing, funding, location

    Researchers tracked changes in the racial makeup and income levels of customers at two dozen nonprofit performing arts organizations over seven years. They then investigated how marketing and other factors, like location and funders, impacted what they define as customer diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

  • Physicists use quantum simulation tools to study, understand exotic state of matter

    Physicists have demonstrated how simulations using quantum computing can enable observation of a distinctive state of matter taken out of its normal equilibrium. Such novel states of matter could one day lead to developments in fast, powerful quantum information storage and precision measurement science.

  • Training blood vessels may help protect against heart attack, stroke

    A growing number of studies indicate short, repeated bouts of reduced circulation with a blood pressure cuff may help reduce tissue damage and prevent the worst outcomes of heart attacks and strokes. Researchers have found the simple, noninvasive procedure can boost vascular and cardiac functions, modestly lower blood pressure and reduce the heart’s workload.

  • Building trust and protecting data to support kids in Iowa

    ISU faculty, seven state departments and Head Start programs in Iowa created I2D2, a highly-secure, cross-program data-sharing system, to better serve young children and their families. The collaboration has produced several success stories and recently garnered national attention as a model that can benefit other states and municipalities.

  • Iowa State students provide landscape expertise in proposed Mississippi River bridge project

    Iowa State University landscape architecture students are involved in what could one day be the longest wildlife bridge in the world: a proposed multi-use bison crossing and public viewing area over the Mississippi River.

  • Who trusts gene-edited foods? New study gauges public acceptance

    Researchers at ISU surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,000 U.S. residents to gauge public acceptance of gene-edited foods. Social factors like food beliefs and trust in institutions played a big role in the participants' willingness to eat or actively avoid products made with gene-editing technologies.