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Newswise: Connecting silos:  Unconventional collaboration in agriculture

Article ID: 715909

Connecting silos: Unconventional collaboration in agriculture

Iowa State University

Iowa State University researchers hope to connect the “silos” of various disciplines by encouraging wide collaboration to address agricultural challenges. The effort is part of the Genomes to Fields Initiative, which began in 2014 to make genomic data related to corn as widely available as possible.

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16-Jul-2019 3:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: How mosquito immune system fights off malaria parasite

Article ID: 715537

How mosquito immune system fights off malaria parasite

Iowa State University

A new study describes the way mosquito immune systems fight malaria parasites using various waves of resistance. The study could lay the groundwork for future research to combat the transmission of malaria, which sickens millions of people across the globe every year.

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10-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT
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Newswise: Helping Marshalltown recover from tornado through research, outreach

Article ID: 715530

Helping Marshalltown recover from tornado through research, outreach

Iowa State University

One year after an EF-3 tornado struck Marshalltown, Iowa State students and faculty are conducting research and outreach to help a community still in recovery. They’re using what they’ve learned to create a toolkit that communities can use to examine challenges that exacerbate a disaster’s damage and slow recovery efforts.

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10-Jul-2019 10:00 AM EDT
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Newswise: Iowa State Students Develop Self-Checkout Fraud Detection Model to Win International Data Mining Competition

Article ID: 715437

Iowa State Students Develop Self-Checkout Fraud Detection Model to Win International Data Mining Competition

Iowa State University

A team of Iowa State University graduate students brought home the top prize from the 20th annual Data Mining Cup, beating nearly 150 teams from 114 universities in 28 countries. The winners were announced July 3 in Berlin. The students developed a mathematical model to detect cases of fraud at self-checkouts in grocery stores.

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8-Jul-2019 3:15 PM EDT
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Education

Article ID: 715402

Want to boost creativity? Try playing Minecraft

Iowa State University

Video games that foster creative freedom can increase creativity. An Iowa State study compared the effect of playing Minecraft, with or without instruction, to watching a TV show or playing a race car video game. Those playing Minecraft without instruction were most creative.

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8-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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Newswise: Physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

Article ID: 715193

Physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

Iowa State University

Researchers have discovered that terahertz light --light at trillions of cycles per second -- can act as a control knob to accelerate supercurrents. That can help open up the quantum world of matter and energy at atomic and subatomic scales to practical applications such as ultrafast computing.

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1-Jul-2019 12:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: Designing better products for off-grid, backcountry situations

Article ID: 714929

Designing better products for off-grid, backcountry situations

Iowa State University

A group of Iowa State University industrial design students recently spent two weeks “off grid” in the American Southwest — an experience that has sparked a slew of ideas for new products the students are now designing for backcountry adventures.

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25-Jun-2019 3:00 PM EDT
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Newswise: Four Approaches to Understanding and Moving Beyond Dysfunctional Deliberation

Article ID: 714858

Four Approaches to Understanding and Moving Beyond Dysfunctional Deliberation

Iowa State University

It may feel like we have reached an impasse in the debate over issues such as gun violence, climate change and immigration. To improve the level of discourse, an Iowa State assistant professor of English offers four strategies to work toward understanding.

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25-Jun-2019 8:00 AM EDT
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Newswise: Researchers studying slow-release fertilizer to feed crops, improve water quality

Article ID: 714489

Researchers studying slow-release fertilizer to feed crops, improve water quality

Iowa State University

A research project looking for ways to add value to biochar may have found an unexpected application for the black powder that's a co-product of thermochemically converting biomass to bio-oil. Biochar could be a slow-release fertilizer that feeds crops while protecting water quality.

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17-Jun-2019 4:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: Antioxidant puts up fight, but loses battle against toxic protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Article ID: 714428

Antioxidant puts up fight, but loses battle against toxic protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Iowa State University

New research may explain why an antioxidant that protects the brain is associated with deterioration in areas susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. Superoxide dismutase improves cognition, but its protective benefits weaken when levels of tau proteins – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease – increase.

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17-Jun-2019 9:05 AM EDT
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