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The Big Idea: Living with forever chemicals

Tuesday, July 11th, 2023

PFAS are used in many consumer products, but may have impacts on human health. See how they enter the environment and what you can do about it.

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The Big Idea: Preventing foodborne illness

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

Keeping a crop like cantaloupe safe for consumers is complicated. Find out how producers manage it.

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The Big Idea: Fighting a plant pandemic

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

Plant disease requires three things to establish in a crop: a host susceptible to a pathogen, the presence of a harmful pathogen and the environmental conditions favorable for infection.

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The Big Idea: Nanoparticles

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

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The Big Idea: The Microbiome

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

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The Big Idea: Hydroponics & Aquaponics

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is a broad term covering several methods of growing plants in enclosed spaces year-round, where inputs like light, temperature, water and nutrients can be controlled.

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The Big Idea: How Climate Projections are Made

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Purdue’s Climate Change Research Center led the IN CCIA team. Faculty and staff from Purdue, the University of Notre Dame, Ball State University, Indiana University and the Midwestern Regional Climate Center examined historical climate trends and developed future projections for Indiana’s climate. Learn more about the impact of climate change.

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The Big Idea: Epigenetics

Friday, April 27th, 2018

This rendition by Whitney Houston at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 is considered a classic. José Feliciano’s folky, acoustic version in game 5 of the 1968 World Series was considered unusual and polarizing at the time. One year later in 1969, Jimi Hendrix played the anthem in a whole new way. This jazzy (and pitchy)…

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The Big Idea: The Internet of Things

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The Internet is ubiquitous in our daily lives, but you’re probably also using the Internet of Things — whether you know it or not. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an informal name for the network of devices connected to the Internet. Equipped with embedded sensors, these devices collect and exchange information over the network…

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