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Four-dimensional physics in two dimensions
03 January 2018For the first time, physicists have built a two-dimensional experimental system that allows them to study the physical properties of materials that were theorized to exist only in four-dimensional space.
Alien Megastructure not the cause of dimming of the 'Most Mysterious Star in the Universe'
03 January 2018A team of more than 200 researchers, including Penn State Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Assistant Professor Jason Wright and led by Louisiana State University's Tabetha Boyajian, is one step closer to solving the mystery behind the "most mysterious star in the universe."
Understanding enzyme cascades key to understanding metabolism
18 December 2017Breaking down sugars create a gradient of chemicals in the body, providing an environment where intracellular complexes might form. This new research may lead to a better understanding of human metabolism.
Runze Li Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
18 December 2017Runze Li, Verne M. Willaman Professor of Statistics at Penn State, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
Raymond Schaak Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
18 December 2017Raymond Schaak, DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry at Penn State, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
Two discoveries by international collaborations involving Penn State scientists make list of Physics World Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2017
12 December 2017Historic finds were made this year by collaborations involving faculty, postdoctoral, and student scientists from Penn State's Eberly College of Science
Turning pathogens against each other to prevent drug resistance
11 December 2017Limiting a much-needed resource could pit pathogens against one another and prevent the emergence of drug resistance.
Andrew Doberstein to Represent Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2017
11 December 2017Andrew Doberstein of Horsham, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s fall commencement ceremonies.
Mathematical model mimics melanoma
30 November 2017Cancer cells’ ability to tolerate crowded conditions may be one key to understanding tumor growth and formation, according to a mathematical model that has been applied to cancer cell growth for the first time.
Flies' disease-carrying potential may be greater than thought, researchers say
28 November 2017A new study adds further proof to the suspicion that houseflies and blowflies carry and spread a variety of species of bacteria that are harmful to humans.
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.

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