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Sunday, August 19

Rice plants grow in a laboratory

Iowa State University scientist helps to develop rice plants to neutralize HIV transmission

An international research group, which included an ISU scientist, has proven that three proteins that can help prevent the spread of HIV can be expressed in rice plants. Using plants as a production platform could provide a cost-effective means of producing prophylactics, particularly in the developing world.

Hands typing on laptop with smartphone nearby

Breaking down the barriers of human-computer communication

Many of us regularly ask our smartphones for directions or to play music without giving much thought to the technology that makes it all possible – we just want a quick, accurate response to our voice commands. With more businesses using artificial intelligence to engage with consumers, the industry is working to make those interactions more human-like. An Iowa State researcher is contributing to that effort by improving how machines, such as smartphones and computers, understand and generate language.

Anumantha Kanthasamy

Biomedical scientist receives Department of Defense grant to study how metal exposure affects Parkinson’s symptoms

ISU biomedical scientists are examining how exposure to the metals manganese and vanadium may contribute to Parkinson’s disease. The research was supported recently by a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity.

Igor Beresnev on the Iowa State campus

Seismologist works to determine the limit of ground accelerations during earthquakes

Iowa State's Igor Beresnev has worked summers and weekends to find the answer to a very old question in seismology. Yes, he says, there is a limit to ground accelerations during an earthquake.

CYstarters demo day 2018

Startup businesses find success, plan for future after CYstarters

CYstarters may have ended, but the work continues for the 15 startup businesses founded by Iowa State University students and recent alumni.

James Lang portrait

Hydration strategy key as high school athletes begin practice

The first week of high school sports practices is a particularly vulnerable time for athletes, says an Iowa State University assistant professor of kinesiology. James Lang studies how environmental stresses, such as heat, affect how our bodies regulate internal temperature. Lang says being proactive about hydration, rather than reactive, is important to keep athletes safe.