Monday, August 29 2016
Cases of Senecavirus A at pork processing plants underscore importance of vigilance, according to Iowa State University veterinarian
Cases of Senecavirus A confirmed at a pair of Iowa pork processing plants should remind producers to remain on the lookout for vesicles, or blisters, on their pigs, according to an Iowa State University veterinarian.
For ISU veterinarian and vet students, an endangered black rhino’s pregnancy is a (very) big deal
An Iowa State University veterinarian looks ahead to the first ever rhino birth at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.
Iowa State physicists win W.M. Keck Foundation grant to develop nanoscope
Iowa State's Jigang Wang is leading an effort to develop a new kind of microscope called a "nanoscope." The new tool will allow researchers to study materials at scales that are ultrafast, ultrasmall and at very low frequencies. That could help researchers discover and manipulate materials and material functions. The W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles is supporting the project with a three-year, $1.3 million grant.
Iowa State University scientists locate possible therapy target for spinal muscular atrophy
Alu elements, or short stretches of DNA found only in primates, may hold the key to a potential new therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, according to new ISU research.
Astronaut Clayton Anderson set to help students understand ‘operational thinking’
Astronaut Clayton Anderson is helping organize and teach the third Spaceflight Operations Workshop at Iowa State University. By using astronaut-training exercises such as scuba lessons, teambuilding activities, flight simulations and skydiving, Anderson hopes the workshop will teach 12 students to think operationally. He says that's a necessity for engineers designing spacesuits -- and for engineers designing tractors, bulldozers or passenger cars.
Team PrISUm finishes nearly 2,000 miles of racing in seventh, wins two achievement awards
Team PrISUm finished an up-and-down American Solar Challenge in seventh place. Judges recognized the team for overcoming adversity and for making the best of a failed brake test. The team also won two big achievement awards. And, there were countless lessons learned on the long road from Ohio to South Dakota.
Cloud cover slows Team PrISUm, team has to haul Phaëton 2 to Scotts Bluff
Team PrISUm -- as did some of its competitors -- struggled to make speed and distance under Nebraska's cloudy skies on Friday. The team made it more than halfway to the day's stage stop, but was at risk of draining Phaëton 2's battery pack. So the team's students loaded up the car and hauled it the rest of the way. The eight-day race ends Saturday at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.
Team PrISUm aces a 280-mile race day; faces a 330-mile test on Friday
The student-engineers of Team PrISUm are no longer racing for a top finish in the American Solar Challenge. Now the race is all about testing components and systems for their next solar car -- and their dream of racing in the October 2017 World Solar Challenge across Australia.
Iowa State scientists develop self-destructing battery to power ‘transient’ devices
Reza Montazami and his research group have developed a working battery that self-destructs in water. It's part of a field of study called "transient electronics." Montazami said the battery project presented many challenges, including a complex structure and difficulties in fabrication. The team's findings were recently published in a polymer physics journal.
Team PrISUm enjoys sunny skies and a (mostly) quiet drive to Topeka
Team PrISUm had a good day of solar racing into Topeka, Kansas. The team had few problems and kept even with Minnesota, Illinois State and two teams from Canada. Next is a drive up to Nebraska, but thunderstorms could cause problems for the teams.
ISU study suggests ‘use it or lose it’ to defend against memory loss
Iowa State University researchers have identified a protein essential for building memories that appears to predict the progression of memory loss and brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients. Their findings suggest there is a link between brain activity and the presence of this protein.
Team PrISUm races nearly 300 miles on the day, runs out of charge 5 miles from stage stop
Team PrISUm ran through every calculation and strategy, but couldn't quite make the battery power last all the way to the second stage stop of this year's American Solar Challenge. So now the team's student-engineers will do all they can to pack their battery pack with sun power. They'll need it -- the race's longest stage starts on Wednesday.
‘Boomerang dads’ have positive effect on daughters’ mental health
Children often experience a range of problems when their parents’ relationship ends and the father moves out of the home. But new research shows that fathers who leave and come back – also known as boomerang dads – lower the risk of depression for their daughters.
More Team PrISUm highs and lows: Solar car cruises, arrives seconds late to checkpoint, drops wheel in ditch
This year's edition of the American Solar Challenge has been exactly that for the students of Team PrISUm. But -- even with a wheel in the ditch, an electrical breakdown, a trailer that won't roll and a charging system that failed -- the team has found solutions and kept on racing.
Another up and down day for Team PrISUm, but Phaëton 2 does hit the speed limit
Team PrISUm keeps on racing and repairing, racing and repairing. And yet, after another pit stop to fix some electrical problems during day two of the American Solar Challenge, the team's solar racing car was hitting the speed limit.
Team PrISUm solves another problem, races well, looks forward to a quiet night
After one all-nighter to fix a voltage problem, Team PrISUm pulled another one to solve a charging problem. But the team and its solar racing car made it to the green flag and had a good first day of racing at the American Solar Challenge. The team made it to the Dayton, Ohio, checkpoint in eighth place on Saturday.