Research Roundup


The latest scientific discoveries, straight from members of the University Research Magazine Association. The following is a selection of the most recent stories from URMA members’ magazines.

A glucose-powered biofuel cell that uses electrodes made from cotton fiber could someday help power implantable medical devices such as pacemakers and sensors. The new fuel cell, which provides twice as much power as conventional biofuel cells, could be paired with batteries or supercapacitors to provide a hybrid power source [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Georgia Tech Research Horizons
A glucose-powered biofuel cell that uses electrodes made from cotton fiber could someday help power implantable medical devices such as pacemakers and sensors. The new fuel cell, which provides twice as much power as conventional biofuel cells, could be paired with batteries or supercapacitors to provide a hybrid power source [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Georgia Tech Research Horizons
An $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will allow Penn State researchers to investigate a new approach for removing rare-earth fission products from the molten salt baths where used nuclear fuel is electro-refined to recycle uranium and minimize nuclear waste. [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Research at Penn State
Color can impact the taste of food, and our experiences and expectations can affect how we taste food, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest this may have implications for how food and beverage industries should market their products. [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Research at Penn State
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1970s video footage recorded by musician Micky Dolenz when he visited the then-nascent Fermilab is now available on YouTube. You probably know the band the Monkees (of “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I'm a Believer,” and “Hey, hey, we're the Monkees!” fame). But you [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Symmetry Magazine
When Professor Emeritus Charles “Charlie” Thompson joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1978, he wanted to have a lasting impact. Considering Thompson's 40-year commitment to his work—combined with a generous gift commitment through Redbirds Rising: The Campaign for Illinois State—he and his wife, Karen, have indeed left an indelible [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Illinois State University
Russ Hamer from the Illinois State University Department Of Philosophy will be speaking at a colloquium at 5 p.m. Thursday, November 29, in Stevenson Hall, room 401A. The title of his talk is “On Improving Reflection and Reflective Writing In Philosophy Classes.” The abstract of the talk is below. This [...]
Tue, Nov 13, 2018
Source: Illinois State University
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By Ian Vorster Vaughn Walton, a professor in Oregon State's Department of Horticulture, points at net-covered cages containing fruit flies, blueberries and what he calls artificial fruit — a chemical concoction that attracts the flies. “We place little disks of attractant in the middle of each cage, cover them with nets [...]
Tue, Nov 13, 2018
Source: Oregon State University – Terra
An artists interpretation of gravitational lensing
Predicted by Einstein and discovered in 1979, gravitational lensing helps astrophysicists understand the evolving shape of the universe. On March 29, 1979, high in the Quinlan Mountains in the Tohono O'odham Nation in southwestern Arizona, a team of astronomers at Kitt Peak National [...]
Tue, Nov 13, 2018
Source: Symmetry Magazine
Nations and organizations have taken action on nearly all of their recent ocean conservation pledges and almost half of those promises have been fulfilled, research by Oregon State University has shown. Graduate students and faculty from OSU's College of Science reported the findings of a 10-month analysis at the fifth [...]
Fri, Nov 09, 2018
Source: Oregon State University – Terra