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Experiment Near South Pole Reveals How Earth Blocks High-Energy Particles Produced by Nuclear Reactions
Experiment Near South Pole Reveals How Earth Blocks High-Energy Particles Produced by Nuclear Reactions 22 November 2017 For the first time, a science experiment has measured Earth's ability to absorb neutrinos -- the smaller-than-an-atom particles that zoom throughout space and through us by the trillions every second at nearly the speed of light. The experiment was achieved with the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 basketball-sized sensors frozen deep within a cubic kilometer of very clear ice near the South Pole. The IceCube collaboration includes Penn State physicists.

Alumna’s gift supports research on neurodegenerative diseases
Alumna’s gift supports research on neurodegenerative diseases 22 November 2017 Alumna Jennifer DiVittorio created an endowment, named the Mark and Sharon Robb Research Fund, in the Eberly College of Science to support research on neurodegenerative diseases in 2016 and has now created another, the Robb Family Graduate Fellowship, her new gift will support graduate students who exhibit academic excellence and whose research focuses on brain repair.

Sky-high observatory sheds light on origin of excess anti-matter: New study excludes nearby pulsars, points to dark matter as possible culprit
Sky-high observatory sheds light on origin of excess anti-matter: New study excludes nearby pulsars, points to dark matter as possible culprit 16 November 2017 The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory in Mexico, built and operated by an international team that includes Penn State scientists, has captured the first wide-angle view of very-high-energy light emanating from two rapidly spinning stars. The fresh perspective on these stellar neighbors casts serious doubt on one possible origin for a mysterious excess of particles near Earth.

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