Penn Chemists Observe Key Reaction for Producing ‘Atmosphere’s Detergent’

Understanding exactly how this reaction proceeds is critical for predicting how the atmosphere will respond to environmental changes, but it occurs so quickly that all of the molecules involved haven’t been measured in the wild.

As a Citation Laureate, Penn Physicist Charles Kane Contender for Nobel Prize

Charles Kane, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Pennsylvania ’s School of Arts & Sciences, is one of this year’s Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates.

Opening of Penn Engineering’s New 3-D Printing Facility: ‘The AddLab’

Thanks in part to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science is opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools.

Penn-led Study Ties Aging to Oxidative Damage in Mitochondria

In a new study, University of Pennsylvania scientists used innovative techniques to find evidence that oxidative damage in mitochondria — the small compartments in cells that convert food to energy — may play a role in the aging process.

Science & Technology


  • PIK Prof Chris Murray: From Industry to Ivy League

    PIK Prof Chris Murray: From Industry to Ivy League

    For Christopher B. Murray, the promise of major investments in nanoscale science and technology—including a commitment to build what is now the world-class Krishna P.

  • Network Visualization Program fuses Science and Art

    Network Visualization Program Fuses Science and Art

    Science and art are often perceived to be at opposite ends of the academic spectrum. But Danielle Bassett, a 2014  MacArthur Fellow, believes the two disciplines can inform each other in tangible ways.

  • Rehabilitation With the Help of Robots

    Rehabilitation With the Help of Robots

    From automated assembly lines to personalized flying drones, robots are opening up new possibilities in the realms of both work and play.

  • Pushing the Frontiers of a New Material

    Pushing the Frontiers of a New Material

    Draw a line with a pencil and it’s likely that somewhere along that black smudge is a material that earned two scientists the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. The graphite of that pencil tip is simply multiple layers of carbon atoms; where those layers are only one atom thick, it is known as graphene.

  • The Link Between the Southern Ocean and Climate Change

    The Link Between the Southern Ocean and Climate Change

    To investigate the interplay between climate change and the ocean, Irina Marinov, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, focuses her attention on…

  • Dr. Henry Daniell

    Growing Plants to Save Lives

    Tucked behind old factory buildings on Penn’s South Bank campus stands a gleaming greenhouse. The $2 million structure, completed late last year, is state-of-the-art. Drip irrigation ensures each pot receives just the right amount of water.

  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S…

  • 3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    In PennDesign’s Fabrication Lab, students and faculty use three-dimensional printers to craft geometric forms, architectural models, and other products of the imagination.

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

  • Robockey Teams Face Off in Largest Tournament Yet

    For students in the “Design of Mechatronic Systems” class in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, “the finals” are more than just an exam; they are a tournament in which the winners hoist a trophy h…

Penn in the news

Demonstrating to Young Minds the Possibilities of Physics September 26, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Larry Gladney of the School of Arts & Sciences is highlighted for visiting a local high school for a physics demonstration while delivering a motivating message to the students.

Here are the 3 Winning Projects From PennApps X September 25, 2014 | Technical.ly/Philly

The top three projects from PennApps are spotlighted.

Video: Xploration Earth 2050 Bio-Mechanimals September 13, 2014 | Hulu.com

Vijay Kumar and the GRASP Lab of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are featured for working with flying robots.

Audio: Study of ‘Flexible Brains’ May Aid Injury Understanding September 17, 2014 | “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio

Danielle Bassett of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is interviewed about being awarded a MacArthur Fellowship based on her human brain research.

Plant Cells May Help Treat Hemophilia September 6, 2014 | Times of India

Henry Daniell of the School of Dental Medicine says, “Our technique, which uses plant-based capsules, has the potential to be a cost-effective and safe alternative.”

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