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9:02 am
Wed October 1, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Black Cultural Center

Jan Simon talks to Renee Thomas, Director of Purdue’s Black Cultural Center, and Bill Caise, Assistant Director, about upcoming programs and events.

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General News
5:49 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Purdue Innovation Could Lead To Wearable Robots

Orienting the robotic fabric in two different directions causes a block of foam to either bend or compress, a principle that could be used to create robots that inch forward or slither.
Credit Rebecca Kramer / Purdue University

Forget what you know about robots.

Purdue researchers are developing a new type of robotic fabric.

Assistant professor of mechanical engineering Rebecca Kramer says the fabric moves and contracts and is embedded with sensors.

She says the approach could result in a new type of "active clothing" and a new class of "soft" robots.

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Government
4:18 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Depending Who's Asked, State Tax Caps Will Cost Or Save $600 Million This Year

Local taxing units say more change is still needed from lawmakers at the Statehouse.
Credit Jim Nix / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimnix/6168273244

The latest numbers given to a study committee of Indiana lawmakers say the state’s property tax caps are worth about $600 million – either for taxpayers or for the state’s coffers.

But the analysis also shows urban areas have been disproportionately hit by the effects of the decreased revenue – despite the fact the tax caps were enacted after residents in some cities, particularly Indianapolis, complained their taxes were rising too quickly.

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Government
4:05 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Attorney General Zoeller Looks To Consumer Complaints For Legislative Suggestions

Zoeller will primarily ask the Indiana General Assembly to crack down on scammers.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Attorney General Greg Zoeller plans to tackle some of Indiana’s top consumer complaints with his legislative proposals for the 2015 session. 

The Attorney General’s office received nearly 1,000 complaints about home repair or construction scams last year, the third-largest consumer complaint category. 

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he’s proposing legislation that would establish a voluntary registration system for what he calls the “good actors” – contractors who put up a bond with the AG’s office.

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Science & Medicine
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Purdue Blueberry Research Could Benefit Local Businesses, Osteoporosis Sufferers

The study will focus on blueberries, but they weren't necessarily researchers' first choice.
Credit Philippa Willitts / https://www.flickr.com/photos/hippie/2556979860

Esther Prelock and her husband Matt have owned a blueberry farm southeast of Lafayette for 20 years.

They grow two types of the fruit on their farm and make their living letting people come pick blueberries for two-to-three weeks each summer. To the naked eye, all the plants look the same – even Esther can’t tell them apart.

“One is a little tarter flavor, one is a little sweeter," she says. "They both ripen at the same time and that’s why we have them together.”

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