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9:24am

Tue November 25, 2014
Science

Many, La., engineer in running for USAID's Desal Prize

Hill Kemp, 74, began tinkering with solar still technology in his backyard seven years ago.

A company started by a retired engineer from Many, Louisiana, Suns River Technology, is one of eight research groups in the world nominated for the Desal Prize, announced this month.

Hill Kemp, 74, uses solar still technology to purify brackish groundwater and make it safe for drinking.

This competition was set up by USAID, in partnership with the governments of Sweden and The Netherlands. The teams must produce enough water for a farm family in the Jordanian desert.

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9:15am

Wed August 27, 2014
Science

Researchers show off early work on 3-D printer-made implants

Louisiana Tech biomedical engineering doctoral student Karthik Patta shows a specimen for how a plastic filament could dispense antibiotics in the case of joint surgery. Jeffery Weisman holds a plastic implant in the background.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Researchers at LSU Health Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston are in the early stages of developing a new way to deliver antibiotics and other medicine via customized, implantable devices created using a 3-D printer. 

LSU Medical School student Jeffery Weisman is also pursuing his doctorate in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech. He presented his research in collaboration with LSU Health Shreveport. It intensified over the past three months when he experimented with making plastic medical prototypes from a consumer-grade 3-D printer.

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9:47am

Fri August 15, 2014
Science

Louisiana and Texas scientists run bait experiments to kill feral hogs

Feral hogs trapped at the LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones Idlewild Research Station near Clinton are part of Glen Gentry's project on sodium nitrite tainted bait.
Credit LSU AgCenter

A lethal gummy bear is the latest weapon in the ongoing research to develop a reliable control for the feral hog population in the U.S.

LSU AgCenter animal science researcher Glen Gentry is developing baits laced with sodium nitrite that are masked with different flavors that pigs are attracted to – like strawberry.

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9:27am

Tue August 12, 2014
Science

'Smart' irrigation techniques slowly catch on in Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter's Naveen Adusumilli holds a doctorate in agricultural economics, and is working with Louisiana farmers to implement smart irrigation practices.
Credit LSU AgCenter

Three new water experts have joined the research staff at LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station in Bossier City.

Economist Naveen Adusumilli is crunching the numbers on how smart irrigation techniques can benefit Louisiana farmers. He wants them to rethink how they irrigate their land and introduce them to soil moisture sensors and bookkeeping strategies that would reduce the amount of water they use on their crops and put more money in their wallet.

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8:59am

Fri August 8, 2014
Science

Longleaf pine stands gain protections through easement agreement

A look up the trunk of a mature longleaf pine on Longleaf Ridge Conservation Easement.
Credit Texas A&M Forest Service

Forest agencies and a conservation group have competed an almost $2.3 million easement agreement to save longleaf pine forestland in East Texas.

The conservation easement with Portland, Oregon-based Campbell Global LLC was federally funded through the Forest Legacy Program.

The nearly 5,000 acres of forestland in Longleaf Ridge have special significance to East Texas dating back to when Temple-Inland managed the land, according to David Bezanson, the Nature Conservancy of Texas' protection and easement manager.

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