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Archive: March 2016

Paul Plummer
03.21.2016

New Iowa State University research seeks to answer lingering questions on the leading cause of lameness in cattle

By Iowa State University News Service

AMES – Iowa State University veterinarians have uncovered new insight into the development of a foot disease in cows that causes more lameness than any other malady. Bovine digital dermatitis, a disease that appears as painful lesions on the heel of a cow’s hoof, has caused difficulty for the U.S. dairy industry for decades and…

03.04.2016

Iowa State engineers develop flexible skin that traps radar waves, cloaks objects

By Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University engineers have developed a new flexible, stretchable and  tunable “meta-skin” that uses rows of small, liquid-metal devices to cloak an object from the sharp eyes of radar. The meta-skin takes its name from metamaterials, which are composites that have properties not found in nature and that can manipulate electromagnetic…

Gwyn Beattie
03.04.2016

Studying interconnected communities of plants, microbes and other organisms in agriculture can unlock benefits for producers, consumers

By Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa – On a farm, everything shares a connection. The environment affects the soil, which affects the microbes and insects that live there, which affect the crops and livestock. All those components interact with each other in complex ways science is just beginning to tease apart, said Gwyn Beattie, a professor of plant pathology…