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Family genetic background vital for understanding progression of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders
07 September 2018Whether an individual develops a neurodevelopmental disorder like autism or ADHD, and the severity of that disorder, depends on genetic changes beyond a single supposedly disease-causing mutation. A new study led by researchers at Penn State reveals that the total amount of rare mutations—deletions, duplications, or other changes to the DNA sequence—in a person’s genome can explain why individuals with a disease-associated mutation can have vastly different symptoms.
Could a demon help to create a quantum computer? Physicists implement a version of Maxwell's famous thought experiment for reducing entropy
05 September 2018Reduced entropy in a three-dimensional lattice of super-cooled, laser-trapped atoms could help speed progress toward creating quantum computers.
Water worlds could have stable climate, perhaps support life, study says
31 August 2018“Water world” planets, those covered with a deep global ocean, could maintain surface conditions similar to that of the Earth for over a billion years.
New NSF-funded center to explore chemistry of “nanothreads”
27 August 2018The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.8 million to a team of scientists led by John Badding, professor of chemistry, physics, and materials science and engineering at Penn State, to establish the NSF Center for Nanothread Chemistry (CNC).
Births, deaths and collisions: Swift’s telescope snaps one millionth UV image
22 August 2018The Ultraviolet Optical Telescope (UVOT) aboard the NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory captured its millionth image on May 13. Swift's science and flight operations are controlled by Penn State from the Mission Operations Center at the University Park campus.
Wendy Hanna-Rose named head of Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
14 August 2018Wendy Hanna-Rose, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been named the new head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Community-based conservation management has positive effect on wildlife
13 August 2018Putting land management in the hands of local communities helps the wildlife within, according to new research by Penn State biologist Derek Lee.
Diverse symbionts of reef corals have endured since 'age of dinosaurs'
09 August 2018Coral-algal partnerships dating back 160 million years show ability to withstand severe environmental change
Jon McKellar to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2018
06 August 2018Jon McKellar of Exton, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, August 11, 2018, on the University Park campus.
Don't avoid the outdoors, avoid tick bites
06 August 2018Penn State researchers' study of tick-borne disease dynamics could thwart future outbreaks
Luiz de Viveiros to receive Department of Energy Early Career Research Program funding
31 July 2018Luiz de Viveiros, assistant professor of physics, has been selected to receive funding for his research as part of the Department of Energy's Early Career Research Program.
Shaby wins NSF CAREER Award to model extreme weather events
27 July 2018Receiving a National Science Foundation CAREER award is helping Penn State professor Ben Shaby create statistical models for extreme events such as large forest fires, floods and heavy rainstorms to help make better decisions on infrastructure, preparation and mitigation.
Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation funding renewed
27 July 2018The Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF), an Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC) led by Penn State scientists, has once again had its funding renewed by the DOE for an additional four years.
Wildfire management designed to protect Spotted Owls may be outdated
24 July 2018According to a new study, forest fires are not a serious threat to populations of Spotted Owls, a species that acts as an indicator of biological health to the old-growth forests where they live. These findings suggest that management strategies for this species are outdated.
Finding the proteins that unpack DNA
12 July 2018A new method allows researchers to systematically identify specialized proteins that unpack DNA inside the nucleus of a cell, making the usually dense DNA more accessible for gene expression and other functions.
New era of space research launched by IceCube Observatory and global team of astronomers
12 July 2018The first-ever identification of a deep-space source of the super-energetic subatomic high-energy neutrino particles has launched a new era of space research. Detection of one such neutrino beneath the Antarctic ice sent a global team of astronomers racing to track down its origins: a flaring supermassive black hole 3.7 billion light years from Earth.
Dawson honored with Powe Award
10 July 2018Rebekah Dawson, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State, has been awarded the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award by Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Murali Haran named head of Department of Statistics
09 July 2018Murali Haran, professor of statistics, has been named the new head of the Department of Statistics, effective July 1, 2018.
AstroFest turns twenty! Four Evenings of Astronomy Activities and Stargazing During Arts Festival 2018
05 July 2018Now in its twentieth year, Penn State’s popular AstroFest program will offer four nights of astronomy activities and stargazing during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The program will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m nightly from July 11 to July 14.
The hidden complexity underlying a common cause of autism: Uncovering genetic interactions responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders
29 June 2018Genes located in a large chromosomal aberration associated with autism interact with each other to modulate the variable symptoms of the disease, according to new research.

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