‘Smart concrete’ | Recycling the unrecyclable

‘Smart concrete’

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN–Luna Lu, the ACPA professor of Civil Engineering in Purdue’s Lyles School of Civil Engineering, has with her team developed “smart concrete.” This concrete contains sensors that are embedded into the pour during construction. The “smart” factor includes telling engineers when the concrete is at its strongest and when it needs repair.

Recycling the unrecyclable

ANN ARBOR, MI–A team at the University of Michigan has found a way to recycle previously unrecyclable plastic. “It’s a failure of humanity to have created these amazing materials which have improved our lives in many ways, but at the same time to be so shortsighted that we didn’t think about what to do with the waste,” Anne McNeil, principal investigator in the study, said in a press release.

Researchers show that CAR-T cancer therapy can also be used for autoimmunity diseases

ST. LOUIS, MO–Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have shown that the cancer therapy known as CAR-T can also be used to eliminate cells that cause autoimmunity. The team says that they use CAR-T cells to eliminate just the immune cells that are causing the autoimmunity while not affecting the immune cells you might need to protect against viruses or other infection.

New lab for pioneering low-emission buses

COLUMBUS, OH–Supported by a $26.5 million investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, The Ohio State University will build a new transit research and test lab for pioneering the advancement of low-emission buses.

UC Venture Lab-backed startup chosen for national accelerator program

CINCINNATI, OH–From a pool of more than 1,000 applicants nationally, a University of Cincinnati Venture Lab-backed startup was one of just six companies selected for a 12-week accelerator program. AI-powered software company Perceive Now provides business intelligence from millions of scholarly data sources to help businesses make better decisions on mergers and acquisitions, competitive landscape, funding trends and academic research and development.