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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 1, 2015

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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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 25, 2015

First Place Finish for Penn’s Electric Race Car

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REV1 took first place among electrics overall, winning seven of the eight categories. These included overall design, cornering, endurance and time-trials on a full racetrack.

Penn Electric Racing has taken home top honors at an international competition.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194 June 22, 2015

In Social Networks, Group Boundaries Promote the Spread of Ideas, Penn Study Finds

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In a new study, the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola shows how social networks form and what that means for the ideas that will spread across them.

Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from? 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 15, 2015

Penn Researchers Develop a New Type of Gecko-like Gripper

Picking things up and putting them down is a mainstay of any kind of manufacturing, but fingers, human or robotic, are not always best for the task at hand.    

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422June 15, 2015

Penn Joins edX Partnership, Expands Free Online Classes

The University of Pennsylvania today announced a partnership with leading nonprofit online learning platform edX, expanding the University’s open learning course offerings to reach millions of additional learners worldwide.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 10, 2015

Penn Researchers Show How Cells Solve Biochemical Challenges as They Get Bigger

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Just as no two people are quite the same height and weight, a population of cells contains larger and smaller individuals. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now shown how the two copies of nuclear DNA in most cells’ chromosomes can serve a cell of any size.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

In any textbook diagram, a group of red blood cells, skin cells or nerve cells will typically be identical in size. But, just as no two people are quite the same height and weight, in a population of real cells there are larger and smaller individuals.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 8, 2015

Evolution Is Unpredictable and Irreversible, Penn Biologists Show

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A study by University of Pennsylvania biologists now provides evidence that, at the molecular level, evolution is both unpredictable and irreversible.

Evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould is famous for describing the evolution of humans and other conscious beings as a chance accident of history. If we could go back millions of years and “run the tape of life again,” he mused, evolution would follow a different path. 

How ‘Perfect’ Materials Begin to Fail

June 4, 2015

Lisa Chen and Daniel Gianola of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are quoted on their study of stretching atoms.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 2, 2015

Penn Engineers Show How “Perfect” Materials Begin to Fail

Crystalline materials have atoms that are neatly lined up in a repeating pattern. When they break, that failure tends to start at a defect, or a place where the pattern is disrupted. But how do defect-free materials break?

Video: A Little Push

May 27, 2015

Penn research about creating liquid-crystal-based compound lenses from the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured.