By encoding information in photons via their spin, “photonic” computers could be orders of magnitude faster and efficient than their current-day counterparts. Likewise, encoding information in the spin of electrons, rather than just their quantity, could make “spintronic” computers with similar advantages.
A scar might be a reminder of an accident or surgery, but the fibrous tissue that makes up a scar also forms after a heart attack and arises in solid tumors as well as in chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis and muscular dystrophy. Implanted medical devices and materials are similarly surrounded by fibrous capsules that impede their function.
The Imagination Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, has announced nearly $3 million worth of grants to researchers at 16 institutions. The grants are aimed at the development of better ways of assessing and promoting imagination and creativity.
Investigators at a new University of Pennsylvania research center will focus on key physical principles that underpin cancer’s development and growth.
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Doctoral candidate Steve McGill of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is highlighted about RoboCup 2015.
Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences blogs about the impact of bioethics on America.
Sarah Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about there being very few studies of Baka, African Pygmies.
Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences comments on autonomous weapons.
Ritesh Agarwal of the School of Engineering and Applied Science explains how a photodetector sensitive to the “spin” of photons could improve computing.