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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.   

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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.

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

Ritesh Agarwal of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on computing using light and photo-detector devices.

Battle of the Bots: U.S. Blocks Iran and Putters Ball to Glory in RoboCup Finals July 22, 2015 | Guardian (U.K.)

A robot named THORwin, designed by Penn students is featured for winning the “adult-size humanoid” category in the RoboCup soccer final competition.

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