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White dwarf planet remnants survive long enough to ‘tune in’ to their radio waves
15 August 2019Signals from mostly destroyed planets can be heard millions of years later on Earth, providing important information about how solar systems age.
How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?
14 August 2019  
Evidence found for cloaked black hole in early universe
08 August 2019A group of astronomers, including Penn State scientists, has announced the likely discovery of a highly obscured black hole existing only 850 million years after the Big Bang, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This is the first evidence for a cloaked black hole at such an early time.
How to restore a coral reef: New guidelines for helping corals adapt to changing environment
23 July 2019New guidelines drafted by a consortium of concerned experts could enable corals to adapt to changing environments and help restore declining populations in the Caribbean. The guidelines provide a definitive plan for collecting, raising, and replanting corals that maximizes their potential for adaptation.
Maintaining shelf-stable drugs: New model describes phase separation that spoils antibody solutions
22 July 2019A new mathematical model describes how highly concentrated antibody solutions separate into different phases, similar to an oil and water mixture, which can reduce the stability and shelf-life of some drugs.
Parasitic plants use stolen genes to make them better parasites
22 July 2019Some parasitic plants steal genetic material from their host plants and use the stolen genes to more effectively siphon off the host’s nutrients, according to a new study led by researchers at Penn State and Virginia Tech.
NSF mid-scale award sets off the first extension of IceCube
16 July 2019The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, the Antarctic detector that identified the first likely source of high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays, is getting an upgrade.
Finding deletions and duplications in the human genome: Machine learning for diagnosis of genetic variations
08 July 2019A new machine-learning method accurately identifies regions of the human genome that have been duplicated or deleted—known as copy number variants—that are often associated with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Eberly College of Science nontenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2019
08 July 2019Fifteen nontenure-line faculty members in the Eberly College of Science have received academic promotions, effective July 1.
Aishwarya Kumar selected to meet with Nobel Laureates
01 July 2019Aishwarya Kumar, a postdoctoral researcher in physics at Penn State, has been selected to participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
Game theory shows why stigmatization may not make sense in modern society
27 June 2019Game theory can help researchers understand how stigmatizing infected people affects the spread of the disease. In this study, the researchers found that the availability to modern healthcare now makes stigmatization a less effective strategy for dealing with disease spread.
Eberly College of Science announces two new associate deans for undergraduate education
25 June 2019The Eberly College of Science has appointed two new associate deans to continue its efforts to improve undergraduate education in the college: Mary Beth Williams as senior associate dean of instruction and curricula and Chris Palma as associate dean for undergraduate students.
Eberly College of Science promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2019
21 June 2019Twenty tenured and tenure-line faculty members in the Eberly College of science have received academic promotions, effective July 1.
Linking health and population patterns via satellite
18 June 2019For many remote communities around the world, diseases like measles are still a very real concern. But as Penn State Assistant Professor of Biology Nita Bharti has found, the answer to providing accessible health care in these areas might lie in satellite imagery.
'Pop' goes the rocket: Arts Fest workshop to ignite kids' curiosity in STEM
17 June 2019Festival-goers invited to make pop rockets July 13 at Penn State's Art of Discovery booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
Xin Zhang honored as Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
14 June 2019Xin Zhang, holder of the Paul Berg Early Career Professorship and assistant professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been selected as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Ants maintain essential interactions despite environmental flux
12 June 2019Ants adjust their social interactions to accommodate changes in population density, according to researchers at Penn State and Georgetown University. The findings suggest that ant colonies are capable of maintaining their sophisticated social organization despite potentially drastic changes in their environments.
Harvesters of Light
12 June 2019Penn State researchers will demonstrate how light drives coral diversity at the 2019 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Festival.
Mauricio Terrones Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Physics
29 May 2019Mauricio Terrones, Distinguished Professor of Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State, has been selected as the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Physics.
Alumnus Christopher Wolfgang honored with Distinguished Alumni Award
29 May 2019Christopher L. Wolfgang, an alumnus of the Penn State Eberly College of Science, is one of seven Penn State alumni selected by the Board of Trustees to receive the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.

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