This Radiant Fryer Promises Deep Fried Foods Without a Side of Guilt

It might look like a souped-up bagel toaster you'd find in a cafeteria, but this radiant heat oven was designed by a Purdue University food researcher to fry up foods without requiring them to swim in a vat of fatty oil. Which means healthier fried foods with less calories, fat, and cooking times. » 11/19/12 4:40pm 11/19/12 4:40pm

Purdue University Breakthrough Could Lead to Low-Cost, Mass-Produced…

The researchers at Purdue University are just full of bright ideas these days, and this weekend was no exception. Thanks to a major breakthrough, they may have overcome a major obstacle for "solid state lighting," which laymen like to call LED (light emitting diode). That obstacle? Cost. LEDs are expensive, mostly… » 7/20/08 4:00pm 7/20/08 4:00pm

Purdue's 156-Step Burger Maker Wins Rube Goldberg Contest

We've brought you Rube Goldberg-style clocks and toys, but none of them are a match for the 156-step device that's just won the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. This year's challenge was to assemble a burger with vegetables, condiments and two bun halves. The meat was pre-cooked... a sensible idea to avoid fires… » 4/06/08 10:45am 4/06/08 10:45am

Networked Geiger-Counter Cellphone System to Detect Radioactive Bombs

This anti-terrorism concept from researchers at Purdue University puts together miniature radiation counters built right into cellphones across the US. Each solid-state sensor would be able to sniff out radioactive sources from up to 15 feet, and then would send in the location to Homeland Security, the FBI and Jack… » 1/24/08 9:25am 1/24/08 9:25am

Afternoon News: Poop-Sniffing, Pancake-Eating, Vegas-Going Spammers

• A Purdue professor is paying students $30 to sniff animal poop and using the research to improve estimations of odor emissions on farms. It's days like this that I am happy I went to Indiana University. [11alive]
• Dealzmodo: All-you-can-eat pancakes at IHOP?! Why am I still sitting here? [Dealnews via BBG]
• Alan… » 1/04/08 4:00pm 1/04/08 4:00pm

Purdue University Develops Mr.Fusion, Finally

A team of scientists and researchers at Purdue have developed a fully functional Mr. Fusion. (For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, go rent Back to the Future II asap.) This tactical biorefinery can munch up food, paper and plastic garbage and turn it into energy. This machine was commissioned for the… » 2/05/07 2:29pm 2/05/07 2:29pm