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Thursday, March 21 2019

  • Film capturing the science and beauty of seeds set for festival debut

    A new film about seeds that takes viewers across the globe and onto Iowa farms will make its debut this weekend. The film, helmed by the director of the ISU Seed Science Center, is meant for a wide audience and captures the science and beauty of seeds.

  • SPIT lab leading the effort to analyze hair, expand research on puberty

    Puberty is something we all go through and yet there is limited science to explain what is happening inside our bodies, and how it affects our physical and mental health. The answers to these questions may be found in our hair. An Iowa State University researcher is using hair samples to study how hormones and environmental factors influence the process of puberty.

  • Iowa State engineers work with Iowa DOT to scale up tests of heated pavement

    Iowa State engineers are working with the Iowa Department of Transportation to test heated-pavement technology developed on campus. The test slabs at the Iowa DOT are smarter and more complex than the research group's previous tests at the Des Moines International Airport. And so far, preliminary tests indicate the system works well -- even in this winter's subzero temperatures.

  • Graduate program in agricultural and biosystems engineering back to No. 1

    The latest rankings of graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report magazine has Iowa State's program in agricultural and biosystems engineering back at the top of the list. Iowa State also has 10 engineering programs ranked among the top 25 of public schools and the business program has made a jump into the top 50 overall.

  • Researchers explore link between metal exposure and Parkinson’s symptoms

    A new study from an ISU biomedical researcher describes the biological process that causes Parkinson’s-like symptoms to develop following exposure to the metal manganese. The new research, published in the journal Science Signaling, could lead to earlier detection of Parkinson’s disease and better outcomes for patients.

  • Climate change could devastate painted turtles, according to new study

    Climate change could contribute to the demographic collapse of the painted turtle, a species that has temperature-dependent sex determination. An Iowa State University scientist is sounding the alarm about the painted turtle’s future in a new study.

  • Moderate muscle strength may lower risk for type 2 diabetes

    Of the 30 million Americans with diabetes, 90 to 95 percent have type 2, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New research shows building muscle strength may be one way to lower risk for the disease. The study of more than 4,500 adults found moderate muscle mass reduced the risk for type 2 diabetes by 32 percent. 

  • Study: requiring landlords to disclose bedbugs cuts infestations, creates long-term savings

    Iowa State's Chris Rehmann was part of a research team that developed a mathematical model to evaluate policies requiring landlords to disclose bedbug infestations. The model found that disclosing the pests is an effective way to reduce the prevalence of infestations. It also found disclosure policies can lead to modest, short-term costs to landlords, but ultimately result in savings to landlords and tenants. The study's findings have just been published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.