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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.
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.

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