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Researchers find features that shape mechanical force during protein synthesis
Researchers find features that shape mechanical force during protein synthesis 01 March 2019A team of researchers has taken another step toward understanding the mechanical force of protein synthesis, and created a mathematical model that can help guide future work on the process.
Iridescent color from clear droplets
Iridescent color from clear droplets 27 February 2019Under the right conditions, ordinary clear water droplets on a transparent surface can produce brilliant colors, without the addition of inks or dyes.
Human settlements and rainfall affect giraffe home ranges
Human settlements and rainfall affect giraffe home ranges 25 February 2019Giraffes that live close to densely populated towns have larger home ranges than giraffes that live far from towns.
Penn State’s Habitable Zone Planet Finder Enables Discovery of Planets Around Cool Stars
Penn State’s Habitable Zone Planet Finder Enables Discovery of Planets Around Cool Stars 20 February 2019A new astronomical spectrograph built by a Penn State-led team of scientists provides the highest precision measurements to date of infrared signals from nearby stars, allowing astronomers to detect planets capable of having liquid water on their surfaces that orbit cool stars outside our Solar System.
Altered data sets can still provide statistical integrity and preserve privacy
Altered data sets can still provide statistical integrity and preserve privacy 16 February 2019Synthetic networks may increase the availability of some data while still protecting individual or institutional privacy, according to a Penn State statistician.
New method uses fluorescence to identify disease-causing forms of proteins
New method uses fluorescence to identify disease-causing forms of proteins 13 February 2019A new method uses fluorescence to detect potentially disease-causing forms of proteins as they unravel due to stress or mutations.
Toward automated animal identification in wildlife research
Toward automated animal identification in wildlife research 11 February 2019A new program developed by researchers from Penn State and Microsoft Azure automatically detects regions of interest within images, alleviating a serious bottleneck in processing photos for wildlife research.
Simple drug combination creates new neurons from neighboring cells
Simple drug combination creates new neurons from neighboring cells 07 February 2019A simple drug combination that converts cells neighboring damaged neurons into functional new neurons could potentially be used to treat stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and brain injuries.
Open-access satellite data allows tracking of seasonal population movements
Open-access satellite data allows tracking of seasonal population movements 06 February 2019A massive release of passive-surveillance satellite data of nighttime lights could help researchers in fields ranging from agriculture to epidemiology.
Male birth control for the malaria parasite
Male birth control for the malaria parasite 31 January 2019Disrupting two genes involved in the preservation of RNA molecules inhibits the ability of the male form of the malaria parasite to mature and be transmitted from human blood into mosquitoes.
Membraneless protocells could provide clues to formation of early life
Membraneless protocells could provide clues to formation of early life 31 January 2019Membraneless protocells allow RNAs to participate in fundamental chemical reactions, providing clues to early steps in origin of life on earth.
Stellar winds, the source material for the universe, are clumpy
Stellar winds, the source material for the universe, are clumpy 24 January 2019Data recorded by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory of a neutron star as it passed through a dense patch of stellar wind emanating from its massive companion star provide valuable insight about the structure and composition of stellar winds.
New method uses ultraviolet light to control fluid flow and organize particles
New method uses ultraviolet light to control fluid flow and organize particles 22 January 2019A new, simple, and inexpensive method that uses ultraviolet light to control particle motion and assembly within liquids could improve drug delivery, chemical sensors, and fluid pumps.
How hot are atoms in the shock wave of an exploding star?
How hot are atoms in the shock wave of an exploding star? 21 January 2019A new method to measure the temperature of atoms during the explosive death of a star will help scientists understand the shock wave that occurs as a result of this supernova explosion.
Having stressed out ancestors improves immune response to stress
Having stressed out ancestors improves immune response to stress 21 January 2019Having ancestors who were frequently exposed to stressors can improve one's own immune response to stressors, according to researchers at Penn State who studied fence lizards and their stress response. The results suggest that family history should be considered to predict or understand the health implications of stress.
Discovering the beauty of living cells: Science meets coffee shop art
Discovering the beauty of living cells: Science meets coffee shop art 17 January 2019A recent art exhibition in downtown State College featured "The Art of Cell Biology," with 18 works produce by Penn State scientists. Claire Thomas, associate professor of biology and of biochemistry and molecular biology and curator of the exhibit, discusses the exhibit as well as the intersection of science and art.
Freedom to hypothesize: Biology professor prepares Scholars for graduate school
Freedom to hypothesize: Biology professor prepares Scholars for graduate school 15 January 2019Penn State Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Claire Thomas helps her students develop an ability to think critically in research situations.
Differences in genes’ geographic origin influence mitochondrial function
Differences in genes’ geographic origin influence mitochondrial function 14 January 2019A new study explores whether interactions between genomes found in the nucleus of a cell and within the mitochondria of a cell, which are fine-tuned by natural selection over deep evolutionary time, could be altered when genes of different geographic origins are brought together within a genome.
Searching the stars
Searching the stars 03 January 2019With forward-looking, concurrent development of a new global research hub and a unique graduate curriculum, Penn State is growing the worldwide SETI community, looking for intelligent life across the cosmos.
Beyond the black hole singularity
Beyond the black hole singularity 20 December 2018Our first glimpses into the physics that exist near the center of a black hole are being made possible using “loop quantum gravity”—a theory that uses quantum mechanics to extend gravitational physics beyond Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

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