Thursday, June 22 2017
Mosquitoes and ticks: Iowa State University entomologist urges summertime awareness
An Iowa State University entomologist is encouraging Iowans to take precautions to protect themselves this summer from mosquitoes and ticks, which may carry serious illnesses such as West Nile.
Look inside your own pantry or fridge to find the top culprit of food waste
Did you know you throw out about 20 pounds of food every month? Nearly 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. Iowa State University experts have tips for reducing waste at home, and look at how the food service industry is working to do the same.
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 formula racers think they have the testing, race experience for more success
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.
Iowa State’s Baja team looking to learn, improve in season finale
The student-engineers of Iowa State's Baja SAE team are hoping for better results when they race in Illinois this weekend. The team has had challenging racing so far this season. But they have hope. Their 10-horsepower machine has been clocked at a speedy 37 mph.
Read outside the box to keep students learning during summer months, says ISU professor
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.
Researchers image quasiparticles that could lead to faster circuits, higher bandwidths
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 veterinarians work to strengthen food safety and drug efficacy in pork production
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.
Concrete for taller wind turbine towers passes tests, could help expand wind energy nationwide
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.
Emotional toll from mass trauma can disrupt children’s sense of competence
Traumatic events, such as a terrorist attack or natural disaster, can have a profound effect on children's perceptions of competence – or how they view their ability to control a situation. Children with higher levels of competence were overall more resilient and had fewer PTSD symptoms, according to a new study by an Iowa State University professor.
Family history of Alzheimer’s may alter metabolic gene that increases risk for disease
A new Iowa State University study may have identified the link that explains years of conflicting research over a mitochondrial gene and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found a dramatic difference in the gene’s impact on memory, general cognitive function and risk based on a family history of Alzheimer’s disease and the length of a specific section of the gene.
Cyclone Space Mining tests for reliability, builds confidence for NASA contest
The student-engineers of Cyclone Space Mining think they've built tougher, more-reliable mining machines this year. The team's two robots will be tested May 22-26 as they attempt to mine simulated Martian soil at NASA's annual Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.