Penn Study Identifies Molecular Link Between DNA Damage and Premature Aging

University of Pennsylvania researchers found that inactivating interferon signaling in a mouse model of progeria, or premature aging, extended the animals’ lives.

Penn Vet, Montreal and McGill Researchers Show How Blood-Brain Barrier Is Maintained

In a new study, researchers have made insights into how the blood-brain barrier, or BBB, is maintained, identifying a protein key to the process. Delivering this protein to mice with the rodent equivalent of MS improved their symptoms.

Penn Senior Adrian Lievano to Tackle Water Security in Kenya

Building prosthetic limbs and developing rain-water filtration systems may seem like they have nothing in common. But to Adrian Lievano, a University of Pennsylvania senior from Miami majoring in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, there’s a synergy: In both cases, the user is the designer’s top priority.

Penn Researchers Help Make Maps of the Universe’s Dark Matter

Members of the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of maps that show the concentration of dark matter in the cosmos. These maps, created with one of the world’s most powerful digital cameras, are the largest contiguous maps created at this level of detail and will improve researchers’ understanding of dark matter’s role in the formation of galaxies.

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Penn in the news

Hot Sauce Is Main Course at New York Showcase April 24, 2015 | Reuters

Paul Rozin of the School of Arts & Sciences says, “People come to like a wide variety of innately negative experiences: the burn of chili pepper in the mouth, the bitterness of coffee, the fear from riding on a roller coasters.”

Penn Physicists Honored for Work That Could Take Heat Out of Computing April 23, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Charles Kane and Eugene Mele of the School of Arts & Sciences are highlighted for their work with topological insulators.

Audio: Congress Pushes for Cybersecurity Overhaul April 22, 2015 | “Marketplace”

Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science talks about encouraging better security practices rather than focusing on data sharing.

The Risks Associated With ‘Productivity Pills’ Outweigh the Benefits April 21, 2015 | New York Times

Martha Farah of the School of Arts & Sciences pens an op-ed detailing the risks associated with “productivity pills,” such as Adderall.

5 Researched-based Reasons to Be Kind April 20, 2015 | Huffington Post

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for conducting a study about the effects of writing and hand delivering thank-you notes to people.

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