Research News at Penn State's Eberly College of Science
- Mystery of rare 5-hour space explosion explained with help from US/Russia and US/UK/Italy satellites
- 17 September 2014 — Next week in St. Petersburg, Russia, scientists on an international team that includes Penn State University astronomers will present a paper that provides a simple explanation for mysterious ultra-long gamma-ray bursts -- a very rare form of the most powerful explosions in the universe.
- Rethinking the Basic Science of Graphene Synthesis
- 07 September 2014 — A new route to making graphene has been discovered that could make the 21st century's wonder material easier to ramp up to industrial scale. Graphene -- a tightly bound single layer of carbon atoms with super strength and the ability to conduct heat and electricity better than any other known material -- has potential industrial uses that include flexible electronic displays, high-speed computing, stronger wind-turbine blades, and more-efficient solar cells, to name just a few under development.
- Zombie ant fungi 'know' brains of their hosts
- 22 August 2014 — A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host, but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows.