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New neuron-like cells allow investigation into synthesis of vital cellular components
New neuron-like cells allow investigation into synthesis of vital cellular components 22 January 2018 Using a new method to create synthetic neurons, a team of researchers from Penn State explores how the human brain makes a metabolic building block essential for the survival of all living organisms. The team describes a core enzyme involved in the synthesis of these building blocks, called purines, and how the enzyme might change during infection by herpes simplex virus.

Three types of extreme-energy space particles may have unified origin
Three types of extreme-energy space particles may have unified origin 22 January 2018 New model connects the origins of very high-energy neutrinos, ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays, and high-energy gamma rays with black-hole jets embedded in their environments.

"How to Look for a Liveable Planet" is a free public lecture in a series that begins on January 20
"How to Look for a Liveable Planet" is a free public lecture in a series that begins on January 20 18 January 2018 A free public lecture titled "How to Look for a Liveable Planet" will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the first of six consecutive Saturday-morning lectures in the 2018 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, a free public minicourse that does not require registration or exams.

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