Research News at Penn State's Eberly College of Science
- Smartphones enlisted in the battle versus crop disease
- 24 November 2015 — Crop diseases, a major cause of famine, have always been diagnosed by visual inspection, though scientists today also use microscopes and DNA sequencing. But the first line of defense is still the keen eyes of farmers around the world, many of whom do not have access to advanced diagnostics and treatment advice.
- Loss of mastodons aided domestication of pumpkins, squash
- 23 November 2015 — If Pleistocene megafauna -- mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and others -- had not become extinct, humans might not be eating pumpkin pie and squash for the holidays, according to an international team of anthropologists.
- Space observatory controlled by Penn State captures its 1,000th gamma-ray burst
- 11 November 2015 — One thousand of the most powerful explosions in the universe -- gamma-ray bursts -- now have been detected by NASA's Swift Gamma-ray-Burst Explorer satellite, report scientists at Penn State's Mission Operations Center, which controls the science and flight operations for the satellite.