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.
Indiana’s attorney general is raising awareness of the Wabash River and how it’s an asset to the state. Greg Zoeller is touring stretches of the river by boat.
In Lafayette Tuesday, he talked about the threat posed by the presence of the invasive species of Asian Carp.
“There’s going to be an awful lot that has to be done to address this,” he says. “It’s a national effort. The Great Lakes states really didn’t cause this problem, so I think it is appropriate the federal government step in and kind of help.”
Some trees seem to be adapting to climate change by using less water. That’s the conclusion a team of researchers from several universities has recently published in the journal Nature.
Using atmospheric devices on a 150 foot high tower in the Morgan Monroe State Forest, Indiana University researchers measured how much water vapor and gases were being absorbed and released by the forest.
A Purdue researcher says Asian carp are going where experts thought the fish would not. Specifically, Forestry and Natural Resources Assistant Professor Reuben Goforth says the species are showing greater flexibility in the location and conditions under which they can spawn.
He says what’s not known is if they already have the ability to adapt, or if the fish is evolving in U.S. waters.
“In terms of their evolution, it’s certainly not unheard of for a species to be able to undergo in some level of microevolution to become adapted to new environments relatively quickly.”
A mock election is underway to determine Indiana’s new state animal.
The Indiana Historical Bureau is sponsoring the unofficial contest in hopes to increase awareness of the state’s natural heritage. The primary election ends Monday and features critters from three different time periods: prehistoric, pioneer, and modern.
History Education Specialist Jill Weiss says one candidate has jumped out to an early lead.
Yes, there are more and more people on the planet, and yes, there are fewer and fewer fish in the sea, but do we really notice? After all, fish live in water and we live on land; so we don't mingle that much. If fish were sparrows, we might see a dramatic decline, but who misses what they don't see in the first place?
Researchers believe they are closing in on what is causing the decline in the number of honeybees.
A new study by French scientists points to a pesticide called neonicotinoid (NEE-oh-NIK-uh-tin-oyd).
Purdue Entomologist Christian Krupke says there seems to be more of a direct link between chemical use and Colony Collapse Disorder. He says specifically, this nicotine-based class of pesticides. The French researchers gave a non-lethal dose to honeybees they studied, which led to behavioral changes.