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.
Purdue Research May Expand Engineered T-cell Cancer Treatment
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University researchers may have figured out a way to call off a cancer cell assassin that sometimes goes rogue and assign it a larger tumor-specific "hit list."
A Single Enzyme with the Power of Three Could Offer Shortcut to Therapeutic Target
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Researchers identified a single enzyme doing the work of a trio thought necessary to control a common cellular signaling process being pursued as a therapeutic target.
Research Points to a New Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Researchers have shown how controlling cholesterol metabolism in pancreatic cancer cells reduces metastasis, pointing to a potential new treatment using drugs previously developed for atherosclerosis.
Rising CO2 Levels Reduce Protein in Crucial Pollen Source for Bees
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have reduced protein in goldenrod pollen, a key late-season food source for North American bees, a Purdue University study shows. Researchers found that the overall protein concentration of goldenrod pollen fell about one-third from the onset of the Industrial Revolution to the beginning of the 21st century.
Losing Weight with a High-protein Diet Can Help Adults Sleep Better
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Overweight and obese adults who are losing weight with a high-protein diet are more likely to sleep better, according to new research from Purdue University.
Fungus That Threatens Chocolate Forgoes Sexual Reproduction for Cloning
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A fungal disease that poses a serious threat to cacao plants - the source of chocolate - reproduces clonally, Purdue University researchers find. The fungus Moniliophthora roreri causes frosty pod rot, a disease that has decimated cacao plantations through much of the Americas. Because M. roreri belongs to a group of fungi that produces mushrooms - the fruit of fungal sex - many researchers and cacao breeders believed the fungus reproduced sexually.
Modern Corn Hybrids More Resilient to Nitrogen Stress, Crowded Planting Conditions
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Modern corn hybrids produce more plant material and take up, on average, the same amount of nitrogen as earlier varieties, in spite of being more crowded and having less nitrogen available per plant, a Purdue University review finds.
Don't Let Youth Trip You; More Than 50% Young Adults Fall, Trip
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Young adults fall more frequently than expected, and most falls occur during everyday activities such walking and talking, according to new research from Purdue University.