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A Purdue researcher says technology may be the key to making the vineyard industry more ecologically -- and economically -- friendly.

Electrical and computer engineering professor David Ebert and his research team are working on software that calculates the best decisions for farmers based on information such as weather patterns, soil mapping and business trends.

Ebert says the focus is on wineries because winemaking is a more complex process than traditional farming.

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Research at Purdue has uncovered a naturally-occurring material that — in a phenomenon that seemingly defies logic — becomes thicker when it’s stretched.

Most materials get thinner vertically when they’re stretched horizontally, think about how a water balloon becomes more fragile with more water inside. However, scientists have manufactured so-called “auxetic” materials that can do the opposite, thanks to a special way their atomic structures line up, like a hinge that opens.

Smart grid one focus of Discovery Park workshop

Aug 27, 2013
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Electricity and the smart grid are topics for discussion over the next two days at Purdue.

The Cyber and Energy centers in Discovery Park, along with several colleges on the West Lafayette campus and Purdue University-Calumet, are hosting the workshop covering electricity systems.

Chemical Engineering professor Joe Pekny says special focus will be on the smart grid. He says that involves making computer technology available to consumers, so they may participate in the next generation electric grid.

Hundreds of kindergarten through high school students are expected on the Purdue campus Thursday and Friday.

The nearly 2,000 students and teachers are coming for NanoDays at Discovery Park.

This year’s theme is The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science. Nanotechnology is the ability to measure, manipulate and manufacture objects between one and 100 nanometers in size – that’s a fraction of the diameter of a human hair.

Author lecture encourages innovative ideas

Apr 12, 2012

A best-selling author is giving a lecture on innovation to Purdue students and faculty.

Frans Johansson is speaking at Loeb Playhouse on the topic of his 2004 book The Medici Effect.

The book focuses on how combining seemingly random ideas can result in innovative breakthroughs.

Johansson hopes his lecture will inspire listeners to step outside their comfort zones. He says Purdue’s Discovery Park encourages a similar approach to innovation.

The Park is teaming up with Lilly Endowment to sponsor the free talk, which begins at 3:30pm Friday, April 13.

Women's health focus of new Purdue institute

Mar 25, 2012

Purdue is launching a new research institute through its College of Health and Human Sciences.

The Women’s Global Health Institute will focus on prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, bone health and Alzheimer's disease.

Head of Nutrition Science Connie Weaver will serve as the director of the Institute. She says the effort at Purdue to focus on these women’s health issues is unique.