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How massive is supermassive? Astronomers measure more black holes, farther away
How massive is supermassive? Astronomers measure more black holes, farther away 10 January 2018A team of astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), including several Penn State scientists, announced new measurements of the masses of a large sample of supermassive black holes far beyond the local universe.
New research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication
New research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication 08 January 2018Manuel Llinás, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Jason Rasgon, professor of entomology and disease epidemiology, have participated in the formulation of an updated research agenda for global malaria elimination and eradication.
Agricultural parasite takes control of host plant’s genes
Agricultural parasite takes control of host plant’s genes 03 January 2018Dodder, a parasitic plant that causes major damage to crops in the U.S. and worldwide every year, can silence the expression of genes in the host plants from which it obtains water and nutrients.
Four-dimensional physics in two dimensions
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'
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
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.
Turning pathogens against each other to prevent drug resistance
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.
Mathematical model mimics melanoma
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
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
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.
Sky-high observatory sheds light on origin of excess anti-matter: New study excludes nearby pulsars, points to dark matter as possible culprit
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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