WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have taken a step toward practical applications for "hyperbolic metamaterials," ultra-thin crystalline films that could bring optical advances including powerful microscopes, quantum computers and high-performance solar cells. New developments are reminiscent of advances that ushered in silicon chip technology, said Alexandra Boltasseva, a Purdue University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Study Illuminates Role of Cancer Drug Decitabine in Repairing Damaged Cells
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University study sheds light on how cell damage is reversed by the cancer drug decitabine and identifies a potential biomarker that could indicate a patient's stage of cancer and response to treatment.
Inkjet-printed Liquid Metal Could Bring Wearable Tech, Soft Robotics
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- New research shows how inkjet-printing technology can be used to mass-produce electronic circuits made of liquid-metal alloys for "soft robots" and flexible electronics.
New Instrument Dates Old Skeleton; 'Little Foot' 3.67 Million Years Old
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A skeleton named Little Foot is among the oldest hominid skeletons ever dated at 3.67 million years old, according to an advanced dating method.
New Class of Insecticides Offers Safer, More Targeted Mosquito Control
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue researchers have identified a new class of chemical insecticides that could provide a safer, more selective means of controlling mosquitoes that transmit key infectious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and elephantiasis.
New Processing Technology Converts Packing Peanuts to Battery Components
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste.
Study Yields Insights into How Plant Cells Grow
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A study by Purdue University plant scientists and University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers advances our understanding of how plants control their shape and development at the cellular level. Their findings could help researchers engineer better cotton fibers, improve plant defense against insects, alter plant architecture and toughen root response to drought.
Economic Models Provide Insights into Global Sustainability Challenges
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes.
Causes of Great Lakes Smelt Population Decline Are Complex
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The reasons for the dwindling population of smelt prey fish in the Great Lakes to near historic lows are more complicated than previously believed, new research from Purdue University and collaborators suggests.