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Experiment Near South Pole Reveals How Earth Blocks High-Energy Particles Produced by Nuclear Reactions
22 November 2017For 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
22 November 2017Alumna 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
16 November 2017The 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.
New quest to map stars and galaxies across the entire sky
16 November 2017The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has announced a $16 million grant to support the next generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V) -- a project including Penn State scientists that is one of the most successful and influential efforts to map the universe in the history of astronomy.
Survival of the least-fit: antiviral drug selectively targets the nastiest viruses
08 November 2017An antiviral drug that inhibits a virus' replication machinery selectively targets the most-aggressive viruses, according to new research that looked at the infection of individual cells by a virus and the consequence of antiviral intervention.
Cryo-electron microscope to bring life sciences and materials sciences together
06 November 2017A new cryo-electron microscope, cryo-EM, that is also a spectrometer will bring life science methods together with materials science practices together to improve both fields and share methods across disciplines.
Astronomers discover sunscreen snow falling on hot exoplanet
26 October 2017Astronomers at Penn State have used the Hubble Space Telescope to find a blistering-hot giant planet outside our solar system where the atmosphere "snows" titanium dioxide -- the active ingredient in sunscreen.
Mimicking biological process, hydrogel signals and releases proteins
26 October 2017An artificial system using a DNA-laced hydrogel can receive a chemical signal and release the appropriate protein, according to Penn State researchers. Further stimulation by the chemical signal continues to trigger a response.
Identifying the mechanism for a new class of antiviral drugs could hasten their approval
24 October 2017New research shows that a new class of antiviral drugs works by causing the virus’ replication machinery to pause and backtrack, preventing the virus from efficiently replicating.
Exploring how herpes simplex virus changes when passed between family members
20 October 2017A new study explores how herpes simplex virus might change when passed from one individual to another, information that may prove useful in future development of therapeutics and vaccines.
Renewable resource: sulfur is used, replenished to produce lipoic acid
19 October 2017New research shows how a protein is consumed and then reconstituted during the production of lipoic acid, a compound required by our bodies to convert energy from food into a form that can be used by our cells.
Two-dimensional materials gets a new theory for control of properties
19 October 2017Desirable properties including increased electrical conductivity, improved mechanical properties, or magnetism for memory storage or information processing may be possible because of a theoretical method to control grain boundaries in two-dimensional materials, according to Penn State materials scientists.
Rechtsman awarded 2017 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering
17 October 2017Mikael Rechtsman, assistant professor of physics at Penn State, has been honored with a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Colonel Aaron Saguil presents a holistic approach to medical school admission
16 October 2017Colonel Aaron Saguil, MD, MPH, FAAFP, the associate dean for recruitment and admissions at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, will give a special presentation focused on a holistic approach to medical school admission, USUHS, and the Army Health Professionals Scholarship Program.
Gravitational waves + new clues from space reveal new way to make a black hole
16 October 2017For the first time, two neutron stars are caught in the act of colliding
Stone Memorial Lecture set for October 23
13 October 2017Michael T. Laub, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present the 2017/2018 Stone Memorial Lecture on Monday, October 23.
Sellers recognized by Schreyer Honors College for outstanding achievement and service
12 October 2017James Sellers, professor of mathematics and director of undergraduate studies in mathematics at Penn State, received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Schreyer Honors College during their annual ceremony at the Nittany Lion Inn on Oct. 5.
Terrones Elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society
12 October 2017Mauricio Terrones, professor of physics, chemistry, and of materials science and engineering at Penn State has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Eberly College of Science hosts four new NSF graduate researchers
05 October 2017The Eberly College of Science at Penn State is pleased to host four new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year.
You can see that from here: New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds to rival those from space
05 October 2017A new, low-cost attachment to telescopes allows previously unachievable precision in ground-based observations of exoplanets -- planets beyond our solar system. With the new attachment, ground-based telescopes can produce measurements of light intensity that rival the highest quality photometric observations from space.

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