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Monday, June 29 2015

  • Iowa State’s Steve Kawaler helps sleuth out the timing of famous V-J Day kiss, photo

    Iowa State's Steve Kawaler helped a team of celestial sleuths study old maps, photos and sun data to determine the exact time of the famous V-J Day kiss photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Their findings -- 5:51 p.m. on Aug. 14, 1945 -- are published in the August issue of Sky & Telescope under the title “Telltale Sun and Shadow: Astronomy & the VJ Day Kiss.”

  • Decision to remove artificial ingredients a challenge, says Iowa State professor

    Several major food companies have announced plans to remove artificial ingredients, such as color and flavor, from their products within the next few years. It’s a move driven by consumer demand and one that will be a challenge for the industry, says Lester Wilson, University Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

  • Iowa State engineers develop micro-tentacles so tiny robots can handle delicate objects

    Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim and his research group have developed microrobotic tentacles that can be the hands and fingers of small robots designed to safely handle delicate objects. The engineers describe their micro-tentacles in the journal Scientific Reports.

  • Injured bald eagle that underwent surgery at Iowa State successfully released into wild

    A rehabilitated bald eagle that underwent surgery earlier this year at Iowa State University to repair a broken wing has made a successful recovery and was released back into the wild this week.

  • ISU's Grevstad-Nordbrock is building the state's first historic preservation degree program

    When the state historic preservation annual conference convenes in Winterset June 25, there will be a new kid on the block. And Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, who opened up shop at Iowa State in January, is eager to hang out his shingle statewide. Although Grevstad-Nordbrock may be new to the state, he's been involved in historic preservation for years. Now, as an assistant professor of community and regional planning, he is tasked with developing a new, multidisciplinary program in historic preservation within ISU's College of Design. 

  • Iowa State University expands sports turf research

    A four-acre stretch of land at the ISU Horticulture Research Station north of Ames will allow ISU researchers to experiment with soil content and management practices to improve sports turf across the Midwest.

  • Iowa State researchers find little evidence to support skills gap claims

    A shortage of skilled workers is often the reason many employers say they struggle to find qualified employees to fill vacancies or expand their business. It’s become such a concern that public officials in many states are looking for solutions to grow a skilled workforce to meet these needs. However, an Iowa State University economic analysis of national and statewide employment, education and population data finds that some of the evidence used to support the skills gap debate is weak.

  • Cyclone Racing adds wings to formula racer, looks for quicker laps on track

    The student-engineers of Cyclone Racing have been busy designing and building wings for their mini open-wheel racing car. Computer simulations say the wings should increase cornering speeds and cut lap times. The students will see what happens on actual race tracks during competitions this month in Canada and Nebraska.

  • Iowa State, Northern Iowa to cooperate on protecting, managing some UNI inventions

    A new agreement gives the University of Northern Iowa and its intellectual property office access to Iowa State's expertise in protecting and commercializing campus inventions. Officials on both campuses say the agreement is an example of two Regents universities working together to share resources, expertise and revenue.

  • ISU entomologist: Mosquito season about to get underway – when it’s wet and hot enough

    The beginning of June often marks the unofficial start to mosquito season in Iowa, with clouds of adult bugs invading ball games, barbecues and other outdoor activities in the wake of major rainfall and rising temperatures. Mosquito numbers are low right now, but it’s likely only a matter of time before warm and wet summer conditions cause a spike in mosquito activity, according to an ISU entomologist.