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Thursday, June 15 2017
ISU researchers receive $1 million grant to study whether prairies can help beehives keep the weight on
Iowa State University researchers are studying how prairie may help honey bees build sufficient honey stores to last through lean winters. The research group recently received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to further the project.
Iowa State's formula racing team is preparing for the season-ending race in Nebraska. The team has already solved race-day problems, completed long test runs, built a lighter car, improved aerodynamic efficiency and made gear-shifting easier on the drivers. All that has team leaders expecting to bring some speed to the race track.
There is some learning that's lost when children are out of school for the summer. While most children don't want to think about hitting the books during summer vacation, Iowa State's Emily Hayden has some creative suggestions for parents to encourage learning and prevent summer slide.
A research team led by Iowa State University's Zhe Fei has made the first images of half-light, half-matter quasiparticles called exciton-polaritons. The discovery could be an early step to developing nanophotonic circuits that are up to 1 million times faster than current electrical circuits. The researchers report their finding in the scientific journal Nature Photonics.
Iowa State University veterinarians are taking a closer look at how commonly prescribed antibiotics move through and exit pigs. The research has implications for pork production practices and for food safety.
A research team led by Iowa State's Sri Sritharan has just finished an 18-month, $1 million study of concrete technology for taller wind turbine towers. Sritharan said lab tests demonstrate the technology will work. Economic studies also say the technology can be cost competitive. Sritharan said the taller towers could enable wind energy production in all 50 states.