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Tornado touching down

Tornado expert to highlight next Science on Tap at LBC

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — 2011 will go down in history as one of the deadliest and most destructive years for tornado disasters. Jeff Trapp, a Purdue University researcher with expertise in understanding how tornadoes form and what’s driving the increase in their volatility, will be the featured speaker at the next Science on Tap event […] Read the full story

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Beauty of butterflies on display at Tippecanoe County Butterfly Encounter

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Nature enthusiasts can learn about butterflies and how to photograph them at the annual Tippecanoe County Butterfly Encounter on July 16 at Prophetstown State Park. Purdue’s Department of Entomology and Evonik Degussa Corp. Tippecanoe Laboratories are sponsors of the Butterfly Encounter, which begins at 10 a.m. Participants should meet at the […] Read the full story

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Mike Scharf and Termites

Science Cafe discusses termites’ digestive system as biofuel refinery

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — One of the peskiest household pests, while disastrous to homes, could prove to be a boon for cars, according to a Purdue University study. Mike Scharf, the O. Wayne Rollins/Orkin Chair in Molecular Physiology and Urban Entomology, said his laboratory has discovered a cocktail of enzymes from the guts of termites […] Read the full story

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Winning Rube Goldberg Machine Destroys the World

Purdue Rube Goldberg machine shatters Guinness world record, destroys planet

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University students shattered the Guinness World Record for the largest Rube Goldberg machine ever with a 244-step juggernaut that destroys the planet several times over before restoring hope by watering and growing a flower. The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers’ “Time Machine” traces world history from the Big Bang to an […] Read the full story

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Professor David Nichols

May Science on Tap to feature talk on ethical dilemmas of pharmaceutical research

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A leading international researcher at Purdue University who has studied how psychedelic drugs act in the brain is the featured speaker at the next Science on Tap event Thursday (May 19) in downtown Lafayette. David E. Nichols, the Robert C. and Charlotte P. Anderson Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology, will speak at 6 […] Read the full story

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Cayenne peppers

Study finds “reasonable” quantities of red pepper may curb appetite

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Spicing up your daily diet with some red pepper can curb appetite, especially for those who don’t normally eat the popular spice, according to research from Purdue University. “We found that consuming red pepper can help manage appetite and burn more calories after a meal, especially for individuals who do not […] Read the full story

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Greater Lafayette Community Calendar

 June 2019