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09.18.2019

Machine learning in agriculture: ISU scientists are teaching computers to diagnose soybean stress

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University scientists are working toward a future in which farmers can use unmanned aircraft to spot, and even predict, disease and stress in their crops. Their vision relies on machine learning, an automated process in which technology can help farmers respond to plant stress more efficiently. Arti Singh, an adjunct…

08.22.2019

Physicists use light flashes to discover, control new quantum states of matter

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Jigang Wang can break his research goals into just a few words: “To discover and control quantum states of matter.” But, it takes paragraphs, analogies, illustrations, internet searches and a willingness to decipher talk about “non-equilibrium quantum phase discovery via non-thermal ultrafast quench near quantum critical points” to get a handle on those eight words….

07.31.2019

Researchers develop novel process to study how trees affect building temperatures and air flow

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State researchers have developed a model to test how shading and air flow can improve indoor temperatures during the sweltering heat of Midwest summers. The new research, conducted by Sustainable Cities – a research group led by Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture – shows the effects of tree shading and evapotranspiration on building temperatures during extreme…

07.17.2019

Connecting silos: Iowa State scientists call for unconventional collaboration in agriculture

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State University scientists have issued a call to action for researchers in a wide range of disciplines to turn their attention to some of the most pressing challenges facing agriculture. The unorthodox approach to collaboration could spark innovative new approaches to how farmers produce commodities and interact with the environment. Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, professor of genetics,…

07.15.2019

Iowa State sets new record for external research funding in FY2019

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research

$260.9 million tops previous record of $252.5 million in FY2016 Iowa State University closed the 2019 fiscal year achieving a new record for external research funding – $260.9 million. This surpasses the previous milestone of $252.5 million established in FY2016, reaffirming the university’s long-standing position as a leading land-grant research institution. Iowa State set new…

07.01.2019

Iowa State physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Jigang Wang, professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, and a team of collaborators have discovered that terahertz light –light at trillions of cycles per second — can act as a control knob to accelerate supercurrents. That can help open up the quantum world of matter and energy at atomic and subatomic scales…