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Monday, June 26 2017

adult and nymph deer ticks

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.

Food on refrigerator shelves

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. 

Bee approaching clover plant

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 SAE team in racing action at Formula North

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.

Emily Hayden in a classroom with stacks of books

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. 

A schematic showing how researchers launched and studied exciton-polaritons.

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.