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Playing Minecraft can boost creativity, study

Playing Minecraft can boost creativity, study

Contrary to the traditional belief that gaming is merely an addictive source of entertainment and diversion, recent research focused on rarely tested outcome: creative...
This image from a radio telescope shows a huge star-forming region of the outer Milky Way galaxy. The ovals identify the main subdivisions of the region's molecular cloud, including the smaller 1a, which is very efficient at producing stars. Image courtesy of Charles Kerton.

Astronomers take first, high-resolution look at huge star-forming region of Milky Way

Astronomers from the United States and South Korea have made the first high-resolution, radio telescope observations of the molecular clouds within a massive star-forming...
This illustration shows how Nicole Hashemi and a team of Iowa State researchers are using a "placenta-on-a-chip" to study the transport of caffeine molecules from a mother to a fetus. Larger image. Illustration by Lasitha Kurukula Arachchi for the Hashemi Lab.

Placenta-on-a-chip to study caffeine transport from mother to fetus

Using microfluidic technology, engineers at Iowa State University have invented a placenta-on-a-chip that models transmission of compounds from a mother to fetus. According to...
Ying Cai says his cloaking technology can conceal your precise location when using apps on your mobile phone. Photo courtesy of Dave Olson

Patented cloaking technology on mobile devices to protect privacy

Repeatedly pinpointing our location reveals information about our identity, which may be sold or shared with others. It may be a problem. According to...
Losing just a few hours of sleep can make you angrier

Losing just a few hours of sleep can make you angrier

Sleep and mood are closely connected; poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress. You probably know firsthand that sleep affects mood. After a...
Javier Vela and the chemists in his research group have been working to produce semiconductors from materials that are safe, abundant and inexpensive to manufacture. Larger photo. Photo by Christopher Gannon and courtesy of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Chemists use abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements to create semiconductors

Semiconductors are everywhere. They’re on our computers and our cell phones. They’re usually in high-end, high-value products. While semiconductors may not contain rare materials,...
Sugam Sharma (right) leads a discussion about a software prototype to connect food donors with food pantries in Iowa. With him to his right are team members Johnny Wong, Ritu Shandilya and U. Sunday Tim. (Larger image) Photos by Christopher Gannon

‘eFeed-Hungers’ software aims to reduce food waste

A group of researchers designed the software so that donors can take the food to a public place, such as a food pantry or...
Iowa State engineers -- left to right, Boyce Chang, Martin Thuo, Michael Bartlett and Ravi Tutika -- helped develop and describe a new smart material. Here they examine an instrument used for mechanical testing of material properties. Larger photo

New composite material that changes stiffness when twisted or bent

The Iowa State engineers invented a novel responsive and smart material that can stiffen up like a worked-out muscle. This material has to arrest...

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