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Penn Researchers Discover New Chiral Property of Silicon, With Photonic Applications

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.   

Researchers at Penn Develop Scar-like Culture Systems to Understand and Treat Fibrosis

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.  


Imagination Institute at Penn Awards Nearly $3M to Develop ‘Imagination Quotient’

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.


New Penn Center Will Investigate the Physics of Cancer Via $10M NIH Grant

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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Video: Robots Playing Soccer at This Year’s RoboCup Is Like Watching Toddlers Learn to Kick July 22, 2015 | Mashable.com

Doctoral candidate Steve McGill of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is highlighted about RoboCup 2015.

How Bioethics Has Pushed America Left July 29, 2015 | Huffington Post

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences blogs about the impact of bioethics on America.

We May Have Been Wrong About How African Pygmies Grow July 28, 2015 | National Geographic

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.

A Professor Just Gave Us a Brutally Honest Assessment of Killer Robots July 28, 2015 | Attn.com

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences comments on autonomous weapons.

Step Forward for Computing by Light July 24, 2015 | BBC News

Ritesh Agarwal of the School of Engineering and Applied Science explains how a photodetector sensitive to the “spin” of photons could improve computing.

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