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Renewable resource: sulfur is used, replenished to produce lipoic acid
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.
Gravitational waves + new clues from space reveal new way to make a black hole
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
You can see that from here: New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds to rival those from space
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.
Penn State LIGO scientists celebrate 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics
Penn State LIGO scientists celebrate 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics 03 October 2017Penn State scientists and students on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory team (LIGO) are celebrating three LIGO leaders who have been honored today with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.
New statistical method for evaluating reproducibility in studies of genome organization
New statistical method for evaluating reproducibility in studies of genome organization 03 October 2017A new, statistical method to evaluate the reproducibility of data from Hi-C -- a cutting-edge tool for studying how the genome works in three dimensions inside of a cell -- will help ensure that the data in these “big data” studies is reliable.
New gravitational wave hits Earth -- For the first time, 3 detectors zoom in on its location
New gravitational wave hits Earth -- For the first time, 3 detectors zoom in on its location 27 September 2017For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes -- a critical new capability that allows scientists to more closely locate a gravitational wave's birthplace in space.
Gene associated with schizophrenia risk regulates neurodevelopment
Gene associated with schizophrenia risk regulates neurodevelopment 22 September 2017A gene associated with the risk of schizophrenia regulates critical components of early brain development, according to a new study led by researchers from Penn State University. The gene is involved in the translation of proteins from RNA and in the proliferation and migration of neurons in the brain.
Mystery solved: Super-energetic space particles crash to Earth from far, far away
Mystery solved: Super-energetic space particles crash to Earth from far, far away 21 September 2017Super-energetic space particles, which were thought to have been blasted toward Earth from somewhere outside our solar system, now have been discovered to be from very far away indeed -- from far outside our Milky Way galaxy.
$4.92M gift to Penn State for new industrial biotechnology center
$4.92M gift to Penn State for new industrial biotechnology center 19 September 2017CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to create the multidisciplinary Center of Excellence in Biotechnology, and to revitalize the Shared Fermentation Facility, an engine for collaboration and innovation in biological training and research on the University Park campus.
NASA selects Arcus for Phase A studies
NASA selects Arcus for Phase A studies 31 August 2017Four Penn State scientists are part of the Arcus X-ray mission that has been selected by NASA to advance to “Phase A” concept studies, the project will receive $2 million for a nine-month detailed study of mission requirements.
New Gravitational-Wave Data Analysis Now Underway
New Gravitational-Wave Data Analysis Now Underway 25 August 2017Penn State LIGO physicists are members of the LIGO-Virgo collaboration to detect and characterize gravitational waves. The collaboration now is completing a very exciting Second Observing Run that is drawing to a close on August 25, 2017.
Out through the window: Crystal structure reveals details of nonstandard RNA transcription
Out through the window:  Crystal structure reveals details of nonstandard RNA transcription 21 August 2017High-resolution crystal structure reveals a new pathway for RNA during a nontraditional form of transcription.
Viruses up their game in arms race with immune system
Viruses up their game in arms race with immune system 14 August 2017In a classic example of the evolutionary arms race between a host and a pathogen, the myxoma virus -- introduced to control the rabbit population in Australia in 1950 -- has developed a novel and deadly ability to suppress the immune response of its host rabbits.
New, more sensitive sensor for evaluating drug safety
New, more sensitive sensor for evaluating drug safety 03 August 2017A new technique for evaluating drug safety can detect stress on cells at earlier stages than conventional methods, which mostly rely on detecting cell death. The new method uses a fluorescent sensor that is turned on in a cell when misfolded proteins begin to aggregate -- an early sign of cellular stress.
Antibodies may reveal timing of previous influenza infection
Antibodies may reveal timing of previous influenza infection 31 July 2017The amount of influenza-specific antibodies present in an individual’s blood can indicate not only if they experienced the flu, but potentially when -- a finding that could improve disease monitoring in the tropics, where flu season is unending.
Newly Described Algae Species Toughens Up Corals to Endure Warming Oceans
Newly Described Algae Species Toughens Up Corals to Endure Warming Oceans 14 July 2017Using innovative methods, researchers at Penn State University have identified a new species of stress-tolerant algae that associate with corals in a partnership that promotes the health and growth of coral reef ecosystems.
Malaria parasites sense and adapt to their host’s nutritional status
Malaria parasites sense and adapt to their host’s nutritional status 05 July 2017A new study shows that the infectious agent responsible for malaria, the Plasmodium parasite, is able to sense its host’s nutritional status and actively adapt through changes in gene expression to reduce the number of offspring it produces.
Flexible flagella fight flow: Bacteria change a liquid’s properties and escape entrapment
Flexible flagella fight flow: Bacteria change a liquid’s properties and escape entrapment 27 June 2017A flexible tail allows swimming bacteria to thin the surrounding liquid and to free themselves when trapped along walls or obstacles, according to Penn State researchers. This finding could influence how bacterial growth is controlled.
Genes, Ozone, and Autism: Increased risk for autism when genetic variation and air pollution meet
Genes, Ozone, and Autism: Increased risk for autism when genetic variation and air pollution meet 22 June 2017A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together.
Potential new target for antimalarial drugs identified
Potential new target for antimalarial drugs identified 14 June 2017A newly described protein could be an effective target for combatting drug-resistant malaria parasites. The protein, the transcription factor PfAP2-I, regulates a number of genes involved with the parasite’s invasion of red blood cells, a critical part of the parasite’s complex life cycle that could be targeted by new antimalarial drugs

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