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How hot are atoms in the shock wave of an exploding star?
How hot are atoms in the shock wave of an exploding star? 21 January 2019A new method to measure the temperature of atoms during the explosive death of a star will help scientists understand the shock wave that occurs as a result of this supernova explosion.
Having stressed out ancestors improves immune response to stress
Having stressed out ancestors improves immune response to stress 21 January 2019Having ancestors who were frequently exposed to stressors can improve one's own immune response to stressors, according to researchers at Penn State. The results suggest that family history should be considered to predict or understand the health implications of stress.
Discovering the beauty of living cells: Science meets coffee shop art
Discovering the beauty of living cells: Science meets coffee shop art 17 January 2019A recent art exhibition in downtown State College featured "The Art of Cell Biology," with 18 works produce by Penn State scientists. Claire Thomas, associate professor of biology and of biochemistry and molecular biology and curator of the exhibit, discusses the exhibit as well as the intersection of science and art.
Freedom to hypothesize: Biology professor prepares Scholars for graduate school
Freedom to hypothesize: Biology professor prepares Scholars for graduate school 15 January 2019Penn State Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Claire Thomas helps her students develop an ability to think critically in research situations.
Differences in genes’ geographic origin influence mitochondrial function
Differences in genes’ geographic origin influence mitochondrial function 14 January 2019A new study explores whether interactions between genomes found in the nucleus of a cell and within the mitochondria of a cell, which are fine-tuned by natural selection over deep evolutionary time, could be altered when genes of different geographic origins are brought together within a genome.
Searching the stars
Searching the stars 03 January 2019With forward-looking, concurrent development of a new global research hub and a unique graduate curriculum, Penn State is growing the worldwide SETI community, looking for intelligent life across the cosmos.
Beyond the black hole singularity
Beyond the black hole singularity 20 December 2018Our first glimpses into the physics that exist near the center of a black hole are being made possible using “loop quantum gravity”—a theory that uses quantum mechanics to extend gravitational physics beyond Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
Bacterial protein could help find materials for your next smartphone
Bacterial protein could help find materials for your next smartphone 19 December 2018A newly discovered protein could help detect, target, and collect from the environment the rare-earth metals used in smartphones.
Unprecedented screen of 500,000 compounds reveals new candidates for malaria prevention drug
Unprecedented screen of 500,000 compounds reveals new candidates for malaria prevention drug 06 December 2018More than 600 promising new antimalarial drug candidates that inhibit the malaria parasite at an earlier stage in its lifecycle than most current drugs have been identified from a screen of over 500,000 chemical compounds.
Corals and their microbiomes evolved together
Corals and their microbiomes evolved together 29 November 2018Corals and the microorganisms they host have evolved together for hundreds of millions of years. Understanding this long-term relationship could add fresh insight to the fight to save the Earth’s embattled coral reefs.
Lizards quickly adapt to threat from invasive fire ants, reversing geographical patterns of lizard traits

29 November 2018Some lizards in the eastern U.S. have adapted to invasive fire ants—which can bite, sting, and kill lizards—reversing geographical trends in behavioral and physical traits used to avoid predators.
Traffic noise stresses out frogs, but some have adapted
Traffic noise stresses out frogs, but some have adapted 21 November 2018Frogs from noisy ponds near highways have altered stress and immune profiles compared to frogs from more quiet ponds—changes that reduce the negative effects of traffic noise on the amphibians.
DNA structure impacts rate and accuracy of DNA synthesis
DNA structure impacts rate and accuracy of DNA synthesis 13 November 2018DNA sequences with the potential to form unusual conformations, which are frequently associated with cancer and neurological diseases, can in fact slow down or speed up the DNA synthesis process and cause more or fewer sequencing errors.
New gene therapy reprograms brain glial cells into neurons
New gene therapy reprograms brain glial cells into neurons 13 November 2018A new gene therapy can turn certain brain glial cells into functioning neurons, which in turn could help repair the brain after a stroke or during neurological disorders like Alzheimer's or Parkinson’s diseases.
Penn State set to lead on new exoplanet science priorities
Penn State set to lead on new exoplanet science priorities 07 November 2018A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sets the stage for Penn State's Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds to expand its role in NASA's exoplanetary science initiatives
Hot temperatures can trigger an RNA response in plants
Hot temperatures can trigger an RNA response in plants 05 November 2018The stress of hotter temperatures may trigger a response in a plant's RNA -- part of a cell's genetic messaging system -- to help manage this change in its environment, according to a team of Penn State researchers.
Pathogens may evade immune response with metal-free enzyme required for DNA replication
Pathogens may evade immune response with metal-free enzyme required for DNA replication 18 October 2018New study shows that some bacterial pathogens, including those that cause strep throat and pneumonia, are able to create the components necessary to replicate their DNA using a ribonucleotide reductase enzyme that does not require a metal ion cofactor.
New NSF-funded ultrafast microscopy laboratory to support research of 2D materials
New NSF-funded ultrafast microscopy laboratory to support research of 2D materials 15 October 2018The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.4 million to a team of Penn State scientists led by John Asbury, associated professor of chemistry, to develop a new laboratory at Penn State with ultra-fast microscopes that will provide a high-resolution look at two-dimensional materials.
Giraffe babies inherit spot patterns from their mothers
Giraffe babies inherit spot patterns from their mothers 02 October 2018Some features of a giraffe’s spot pattern are passed on from mother to baby, according to a new study led by researchers from Penn State.
Shake, Rattle, and Roll to High Efficiency Photovoltaics
Shake, Rattle, and Roll to High Efficiency Photovoltaics 27 September 2018New insight into how a certain class of photovoltaic materials allows efficient conversion of sunlight into electricity could set up these materials to replace traditional silicon solar cells.

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