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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has chosen Purdue as the site of one of four regional centers for research into nutrition education and obesity prevention.

The North Central Nutrition Education Center of Excellence will focus on research into interpersonal, community and environmental factors that influence the food and physical activity choices of low-income people.

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Be prepared to spend more on that Thanksgiving turkey this year.

Wholesale prices of turkeys are expected to be 8-10 percent higher than last year--the result of higher feed costs following the drought of 2012.

Purdue University agricultural economist Corrine Alexander says the actual price you pay will vary depending on whether you purchase whole or turkey parts; frozen or fresh birds; fresh, precooked or complete turkey meals.

New Purdue Center Aims To Capture The Sounds Of The Earth

Nov 11, 2014
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A Purdue ecologist gained international attention earlier this year for an Earth Day effort to encourage “citizen scientists” from around the world to record sounds from their environment.

Now, Bryan Pijanowski is launching a research center aimed at preserving the sounds of the Earth.

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3:45 p.m. UPDATE:

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington just called to say he's spoken to Andrew Boldt's family, but he declined to offer any specifics about the conversation. Boldt's family has been quiet since the sentencing -- they didn't talk to the media after Cody Cousins' trial was over and only gave Harrington a short statement to read to the media that afternoon. On his reaction to Cousins' suicide, Harrington says:

“I was thankful that this only involved him making a decision about his own life.”


Purdue Innovation Could Lead To Wearable Robots

Oct 1, 2014
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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.


As Indiana and other states look for ways to curb an epidemic of prescription medication abuse, new research from Purdue University provides insight into who is selling the drugs.

There's been a sharp rise in prescription medication abuse over the past two decades, says Mike Vuolo, an assistant professor of sociology at Purdue, with young adults ages 18 to 29 most likely to report abuse.

Snacks: Small Amount Of Food, Potentially Big Impact On Diet

Sep 11, 2014
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A Purdue expert says parents should pay close attention to what their kids are eating at snack time.

Nutrition science assistant professor Heather Eicher-Miller says while snacks are traditionally smaller than meals, their effect on children’s diets may be significant.

Managing Vision Problems May Prolong Life

Sep 4, 2014
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Healthy vision may be a key to longer life.

That’s according to new research from Purdue University.

Assistant professor of human development and family studies, Dr. Sharon Christ talks about the connection between vision and mortality.

Purdue Teams Up With Amazon To Help Students Save Money

Aug 13, 2014
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Purdue is entering a unique collaboration with Amazon.

The university and company are launching the Purdue Student Store online.

Students can order textbooks and other supplies for as much as a 30% discount and then pick up their orders on campus.

Amazon will return a percentage of sales to Purdue.

The university plans to use that money for its student affordability and accessibility initiatives.

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Congress is in the process of trying to reauthorize a program designed to reduce the fatalities, injuries, and property losses caused by earthquakes.

The director of Purdue’s George E. Brown Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, Professor Julio Ramirez, spoke in favor of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program during a hearing on Capitol Hill last week.