Thursday, May 19 2011
Iowa State engineer scales up process that could improve economics of ethanol production
Iowa State's Hans van Leeuwen and a team of researchers
have built a pilot plant to test a process designed to improve
ethanol production. They're growing fungi on some of
ethanol's leftovers to make a quality animal feed and to
clean water so it can be recycled back into fuel production.
The researchers think the fungi could also be developed into a
low-cost nutritional supplement for people.
Political experts provide Iowa insight on this summer's evolving GOP presidential race
Off to the races
Tanner Whitten, right, the driver of the No. 85 Iowa State-sponsored K&N Pros Series racer, helps load up the car after a campus stop. The car is promoting Iowa State's long history of biofuels research and development. It will race at the Iowa Speedway on Saturday, May 21. Larger image.
ISU landscape architecture students and Mitchellville prison inmates and staff collaborate on new prison's grounds
Softball field ... butterfly garden ... yoga space ... greenhouse ... amphitheater. Sounds like a city park, right? Nope. How about the grounds of Iowa's new women's prison? At least that's the vision of some Iowa State landscape architecture students, based on their research and discussions this spring with offenders and staff from the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville. They've worked together for the past three months, thinking outside the box of typical prison landscape design to envision something truly unique. And everyone is pretty pumped about what they've come up with.