Tag Archives: Purdue University

Fast Friday Four (October 7, 2011)

People Can’t Separate Selves from Stupid, Expensive Things Are you a Mac person or a PC person? Pepsi or Coke fan? Bears or Packers? Asking someone what type of “person” they are is actually a pretty fair question. According to … Continue reading

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Fast Frirday Four (September 23)

A New Reason for Childhood Obesity A new study reported by the University of Illinois identifies another reason for childhood obesity – one that I had never really thought of before. Crime. The researchers asked children from two middle schools … Continue reading

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Manipulating Particles with Light and Electric Fields

Let me start off this blog post by saying that I think Purdue is one hell of a university. They don’t often put out press releases about communication, social interactions, weight loss or any other topic that is easily and … Continue reading

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Can Termites Power Your Car?

Combing through my reserves of awesome research story ideas from throughout the Big Ten, I discovered another interesting study regarding biofuels. It’s quite similar to the one posted yesterday, except this time the researchers are looking elsewhere for a natural … Continue reading

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Low-Calorie Artificial Fats Create Real Weight Gain

What happens when you get a whiff of cookies baking in the oven, a pie cooling on the counter or even of dead cow being flame broiled outside a Burger King? Well, if you’re like me, there’s a definite physical … Continue reading

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How Quickly Can the World Cool?

“An ice age here, million years of mountain building there. Geology is the study of pressure and time. That’s all it takes really, pressure, and time.” – Morgan Freeman, The Shawshank Redemption Rocks take a hell of a long time … Continue reading

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Fast Friday Four

So, partly due to laziness and partly due to the fact that Big Ten schools just pump out way too much cool science to cover – I’ve got a stockpile of aging press releases and research papers to write about. … Continue reading

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Turn Up the Heat for Weight Loss

Anyone who has had an experience at a Thai restaurant with a spicy-level-five entrée is well aware of the physical affects bestowed by copious amounts of crushed red pepper. More specifically, screaming, thrashing, wishes of death and the consumption of … Continue reading

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Giant Toaster to Fry Steel Beams

There are some pretty crazy people out there. For example, the folks who believe that the World Trade Center collapse was a giant hoax but on by government. After all, weren’t those towers built to withstand the impact of an … Continue reading

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Is the Sun Setting in the West Nile Epidemic?

Back in 2003, there was an epidemic sweeping the company flying on the backs of those tiny, lovable insects called mosquitoes. It was the culmination of several years of buildup, resulting in nearly 10,000 confirmed cases nationwide and 264 deaths. … Continue reading

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