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In a world full of chaos, chemistry researchers at Penn State are trying to create some order. In the process, they may have discovered one of the strongest materials in the world.
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When he’s not helping the New Orleans Saints stay in the playoff hunt, former University of Illinois running back Pierre Thomas is working hard off the gridiron to fight childhood obesity.
Seeing eye dogs are a necessity for many Americans, and one student group at Rutgers is helping to train the best.
This year marks a grim anniversary for the African nation of Rwanda. Twenty years ago, extremists from the country’s Hutu ethnic group massacred somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million people in less than four months.
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It has nearly 3,000 horsepower. It’s reached speeds of more than 300 miles per hour. It looks like a cross between the Batmobile and a Maglev train. And it’s powered by … electricity?
The University of Michigan is bringing nurses and other medical professionals from Thailand to Ann Arbor for a year to learn how to create suitable treatment programs back home.
When Indiana University Associate Professor Jawshing Arthur Liou received an e-mail “out of the blue” from the director of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, he had no idea it would lead to the biggest exhibition of his career.
Todd Connor saw an opportunity to serve his country after graduating from Northwestern. And after working in a number of roles following his “graduation” from the Navy, he saw an opportunity to serve his fellow veterans.
Now he’s about to change the business landscape for them.
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After the games are over and all the spectators are gone, one of the best teams in the country goes to work in The Horseshoe.
Dr. Kathleen Anderson still speaks about horses with the same passion and delight she discovered in junior high school.
Approximately 70 percent of the homeless population of the United States smokes cigarettes. This begs the question: Why do so many of the country’s poorest citizens have such an expensive, unhealthy addiction?
Sometimes, inspiration can strike in the most unlikely of places. The inside of a college mascot costume, for example.
When Advait Kumar was growing up thousands of miles away in Kanpur, India, there was never any question of where he’d go to college. “My father went to Penn State in 1980,” he said. “My brother’s going there too. We call ourselves a Penn State family in India.”
“Detroit’s known for making two things: cars and music. We’re looking to build the next generation of musicians in Detroit.”
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At various times throughout its history, Detroit has been a symbol of larger social trends playing out regionally and nationally. In the early 20th century, it represented the mobile masses seeking a better life, adding to its assembly lines hundreds of thousands of workers from places ranging from Eastern Europe to the American South. In the 1940s and 1950s, it was emblematic of a comfortable and secure middle-class life for the working man.
Food waste is a growing issue across the country. About 31 percent of all food produced in the United States is never eaten, according to the USDA. Nevertheless, one in six Americans still has difficulty finding enough to eat.
About 1,000 babies are born in the United States each year with this debilitating disease, and about 70,000 to 100,000 Americans are estimated to have it.
Millions of people around the globe suffer from Parkinson’s disease, which attacks coordination and movement. The cause is unknown. There is no cure for the disease. But a group in Indianapolis is fighting back — literally.
On the surface, Santos™ is just like any other average soldier — he works hard, strives to improve and gets tired.
Most people probably have memories from childhood of going to some kind of summer camp. And many of those memories probably involve bug bites, bad food, uncomfortable beds and various other examples of “roughing it.” But they also include friendships, laughter and fun.