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Wed, 07/10/2024

Researchers show promising material for solar energy gets its curious boost from entropy

In a study appearing in Advanced Materials, researchers in the lab of Wai-Lun Chan, associate professor of physics & astronomy at KU, have discovered a microscopic mechanism partly explaining the outstanding performance of new carbon-based organic solar cells.
Mon, 07/08/2024

KU Aerospace Engineering launches first CubeSat into orbit

A team of KU engineering students successfully launched a small satellite, called a CubeSat, aboard a NASA-sponsored Firefly Aerospace rocket. The university’s first satellite, known as “KUbeSat-1” reached orbit late in the evening July 3 when it was launched through NASA’s ELaNa 43 mission.
Wed, 06/12/2024

Researchers in US, Ukraine simulate cell activity at ‘breathtaking’ timescales

A partnership between scientists at KU and collaborators in Europe, including war-torn Ukraine, will result in computer models of biological cells likely to hasten health breakthroughs by simulating molecular interactions inside cells with near experimental accuracy at vastly longer timescales than similar efforts.
Fri, 06/07/2024

KU researcher Rafe Brown receives Fulbright Award to the Philippines

Rafe Brown, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to travel to the Philippines to study biodiversity. Brown will spend a year in the Philippines conducting fieldwork to sample amphibians and reptiles. The research studies the biodiversity of a rare stretch of pristine tropical forest that extends from a volcanic peak to the sea.
Fri, 05/17/2024

Ancient arachnid from coal forests of America stands out for its spiny legs

A University of Kansas researcher has published a description of a spider with up-armored legs found in an Illinois fossil deposit that's 308 million years old. The ancient critter recently was described in a new paper published in the Journal of Paleontology
Tue, 04/30/2024

Researchers parse oddity of distantly related bats in Solomon Islands that appear identical

A study of body size in leaf-nosed bats of the Solomon Islands that involved evolutionary biologists from the University of Kansas — who collected specimens, conducted genetic analysis and co-wrote research in the journal Evolution — reveals surprising genetic diversity among nearly indistinguishable species on different islands.
Wed, 04/10/2024

Deforestation harms biodiversity of the Amazon’s perfume-loving orchid bees

A survey of orchid bees in the Brazilian Amazon state of Rondônia, carried out in the 1990s, is shedding new light the impact of deforestation on the scent-collecting pollinators, which some view as bellwethers of biodiversity in the neotropics.
Fri, 04/05/2024

KU Engineering professor wins NSF CAREER Award for water resources research

Research conducted by an assistant professor of civil, environmental & architectural engineering at the University of Kansas that examines how humans have and will affect natural water systems was awarded a five-year, $609,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
Tue, 03/12/2024

Rice paddy snake diversification was driven by geological and environmental factors in Thailand, molecular data suggests

A University of Kansas study of rice paddy snakes in Southeast Asia gives key details to their diversification and natural history, adding molecular evidence that the rise of the Khorat Plateau and subsequent environmental shifts in Thailand may have altered the course of the snakes’ evolution some 2.5 million years ago.
Mon, 03/11/2024

KU Department of Physics & Astronomy professor receives prestigious NSF award for black hole research

A prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation will help Department of Physics & Astronomy researcher Elisabeth Mills continue her groundbreaking research on supermassive black holes.
Fri, 03/08/2024

Department of Physics & Astronomy professor receives NSF CAREER Award for work on zinc-ion batteries

University of Kansas researcher from the Department of Physics & Astronomy has been chosen for a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his innovative work with zinc-ion batteries, a sustainable alternative to the more widely used lithium-ion batteries that currently are in everything from mobile phones to electric vehicles.
Thu, 02/22/2024

New NSF grant to fund water management data ecosystem in Kansas

The National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator has awarded $650,000 to a team led by KU scientists to develop a water data dashboard for local government officials and state government agencies.
Tue, 02/20/2024

Scientists may have cracked the ‘aging process’ in species

New research from the University of Kansas might resolve a mystery in the “aging process” in species — or, how a species’ risk of going extinct changes after that species appears on the scene.
Fri, 02/02/2024

Neptune-like exoplanets can be cloudy or clear — new findings suggest the reason why

A KU researcher has published findings in The Astrophysical Journal Letters showing new atmospheric detail in a set of 15 exoplanets similar to Neptune. While none could support humanity, a better understanding of their behavior might help us to understand why we don’t have a small Neptune, while most solar systems seem to feature a planet of this class.
Mon, 01/08/2024

Engineering professor receives DARPA grant for research on radar signal processing

A faculty member in the University of Kansas Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science recently received a prestigious grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to research more effective ways of using the radar spectrum.
Thu, 01/04/2024

Author makes case for data-driven language learning

Nina Vyatkina, professor of German and applied linguistics, is a believer in students directly using collections of word usage – corpora – to help them understand and gain fluency in their target language. The proven success of data-driven learning in acquiring the German language can be repeated with other languages and perhaps other fields, she says.
Tue, 12/19/2023

Research offers a reason why diversity in plant species causes higher farming yield, solving ‘a bit of a mystery’

A study appearing in Nature Communications based on field and greenhouse experiments at the University of Kansas shows how a boost in agricultural yield comes from planting diverse crops rather than just one plant species: Soil pathogens harmful to plants have a harder time thriving.
Tue, 09/13/2011

Article shows human genome testing has wide implications on American law

href="">KU School of LawLAWRENCE — Parents screening their genetic makeup to determine their children’s physical traits, susceptibility to disease and even to ensure the gender they want may sound like something from a science fiction movie, but improving technology and declining costs are making such scenarios a real possibility. And...

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