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2013-04-04 12:10:55

All-optical switching promises terahertz-speed hard drive and RAM memory Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy´s Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, and the University of Crete in Greece have found a new way to switch magnetism that is at least 1000 times faster than currently used in magnetic memory technologies. Magnetic switching is used to encode information in hard drives, magnetic random access memory and other computing devices. The discovery, reported in the April 4...

2012-11-28 16:23:58

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 2012 NCAA Champion Betsy Saina of Iowa State has received the Honda Sports Award for Cross Country, Chris Voelz, Executive Director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA), announced today. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111209/LA20211LOGO) The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. With this honor, Saina becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman...

2012-07-18 23:02:30

Kiefer Specialty Flooring, Inc. has been selected to install the new track and athletic surface in the Lied Recreation-Athletic Center at Iowa State University. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 18, 2012 Kiefer Specialty Flooring is replacing the current 13-year-old, 8mm Mondo Super X Classic surface with 14mm Mondo Super X Performance. Mondo Super X Performance is a vulcanized, virgin rubber athletic surface engineered for world-class performance and consistency while maintaining comfort and safety...

2012-05-31 13:19:32

Findings could have applications in high-speed communications fields. Graphene has caused a lot of excitement among scientists since the extremely strong and thin carbon material was discovered in 2004. Just one atom thick, the honeycomb-shaped material has several remarkable properties combining mechanical toughness with superior electrical and thermal conductivity. Now a group of scientists at Iowa State University and the Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, led by physicist...

2012-05-25 09:44:40

The scientific and technological literature is abuzz with nanotechnology and its manufacturing and medical applications. But it is in an area with a less glitzy aura-plant sciences-where nanotechnology advancements are contributing dramatically to agriculture. Researchers at Iowa State University have now demonstrated the ability to deliver proteins and DNA into plant cells, simultaneously. This is important because it now opens up opportunities for more sophisticated and targeted plant...

Plant Proteins May Boost Agricultural Yields, Biofuel Production
2012-05-15 03:13:07

[ Watch the Video ] Salk and Iowa State researchers identify three proteins involved in plant fatty acids, the key components of seed oils Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Iowa State University discovered a family of plant proteins that play a role in the production of seed oils, substances important for animal and human nutrition, biorenewable chemicals and biofuels. Scoring a rare scientific hat trick, the researchers identified three related proteins in...

2012-03-08 00:59:27

Research over the past few decades has shown that viewing physical violence in the media can increase aggression in adults and children. But a new study, co-authored by an Iowa State University psychology professor, has also found that onscreen relational aggression -- including social exclusion, gossip and emotional bullying -- may prime the brain for aggression. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State, was one of four authors of the study "'Frenemies,...

The Amazing Properties Of Spider Silk
2012-03-06 05:49:20

New research has revealed that spider silk carries amazing physical properties, according to a new paper published in the journal Advanced Materials. Xinwei Wang, who wanted to take a closer look at spider webs, ordered eight Nephila clavipes, commonly known as golden silk orbweavers. He put them to work eating crickets and spinning webs so their materials and habits could be studied. Wang, who is an associate profess of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University studies thermal...

2012-02-29 00:39:29

Genetic mutations to cellulose in plants could improve the conversion of cellulosic biomass into biofuels, according to a research team that included two Iowa State University chemists. Mei Hong, an Iowa State professor of chemistry and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, and Tuo Wang, an Iowa State graduate student in chemistry, contributed their expertise in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to the study. The study was led by Seth DeBolt,...

2012-02-09 23:56:37

The most recent annual results from a four-year Iowa State University study on using cover crops between rows of corn reveals that higher yields - by as much as 10 percent - are possible using the soil-saving approach to farming. The results are the best yet in the ongoing research, according to Ken Moore, Distinguished Professor of agronomy and primary investigator on the project, who plans to carry on the trials for at least one more growing season. Planting living mulch - or ground...