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Tuesday, February 7 2017

Close up of mosquito on a human hand

Iowa State University to take part in center of excellence focused on vector-borne diseases such as Zika, West Nile

Iowa State University is one of several institutions taking part in a new national center studying diseases spread through the bites of infected insects. The Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is funded by a $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers biomimetic lab at Iowa State

Iowa State University scientists design electricity generator that mimics trees

ISU researchers have built a prototype biomimetic tree that generates electricity when wind blows through its artificial leaves. The researchers think such technology may help people charge household appliances without the need for large wind turbines.

Chimps inspecting body of fellow chimp

Chimps’ behavior following death disturbing to ISU anthropologist

Shocking is one word Jill Pruetz uses to describe the behavior she witnessed after a chimp was killed at her research site in Fongoli, Senegal. The fact that chimps would kill a member of their own community is extremely rare – most aggression is between communities – but the abuse that followed was completely unexpected.

Neal Iverson with his glacial sliding simulator

Iowa State scientist receives grants to improve glacier-flow models, sea-level predictions

Iowa State's Neal Iverson, who has studied glaciers in Iceland and Norway, is working with an international team on two projects that aim to build more realistic computer models of glacier flow. The researchers hope to understand how glaciers will speed up over the next century as the climate warms. They say that could help them predict how much glaciers will contribute to the rise of sea levels.