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Tuesday, August 29 2017

NASA Hale Crater

NASA scientist will discuss the 'restless hunt for life' in the solar system Sept. 12 at ISU

It's been nearly two years since NASA provided strong evidence confirming what had long been suspected — liquid water flows on present-day Mars. Planetary scientist and NASA researcher Essam Heggy will discuss current and future quests for water in the solar system in a talk at Iowa State. "Water Exploration in the Solar System: The Restless Hunt for Life" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His public talk is free. 

A zebrafish glows after fluorescent genes were activated using gene editing techniques

New grant will help Iowa State University scientists search zebrafish genome to promote human health

A research team at Iowa State hopes advanced gene editing techniques will help them locate genes in zebrafish that may allow for the development of new treatments for disease in humans. The research is supported by a nearly $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Green Chemistry journal cover

Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules, innovation, value

Leaders of the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University are proposing a new model for creating, applying and commercializing chemicals made from corn stalks, wood chips and other sources of biomass. The model calls for identifying “bioprivileged molecules” that offer unique properties that could lead to new products.

Ravindra Singh

Iowa State University biomedical researcher conducts promising trial of potential therapy for spinal muscular atrophy

A study led by a biomedical researcher at Iowa State University found that a potential treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, a leading genetic cause of infant mortality, shows promise in animal models.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to give fall 2017 Mary Louise Smith Chair lecture

The first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate will visit Iowa State University as the 30th recipient of the Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will present a lecture, "Women Leaders: Building Bridges to Get the Job Done," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

W. Allen Miller

Viruses and aphids that help crops? ISU scientists think it may be possible

Iowa State University scientists are contributing to a multi-institutional effort to help corn stand up to stress brought on by drought and disease by using viruses and aphids to activate desirable traits. It’s speculative research that could yield new insight into how viruses, insects and plants interact.

Dawn Sweet and Christian Meissner standing near TV monitor with video from study

Detecting a concealed weapon or threat is not easy, even for experienced police officers

Terrorist attacks and bombings at concerts, sporting events and airports underscore the need for accurate and reliable threat detection. However, the likelihood of a police officer identifying someone concealing a gun or bomb is only slightly better than chance, according to new research from Iowa State University.

Anupam Sharma and his research team in Howe Hall's anechoic chamber for studying aeroacoustics.

Engineer looks to owl wings for bio-inspired ideas for quieter aircraft, wind turbines

Iowa State's Anupam Sharma is running high-powered computer simulations to learn exactly how owl wings manipulate air flow, pressure and turbulence to create silent flight. He and his research partners hope their studies will produce practical ideas for making ultraquiet aircraft and wind turbines.