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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 8, 2014

Penn Researchers Show Commonalities in How Different Glassy Materials Fail

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now shown an important commonality that seems to extend through the range of glassy materials.

Glass is mysterious. It is a broad class of materials that extends well beyond the everyday window pane, but one thing that these disparate glasses seem to have in common is that they have nothing in common when it comes to their internal structures, especially in contrast with highly ordered and patterned crystals.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 11, 2014

Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami

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A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is turning kirigami, a related art form that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied equally to structures on those vastly divergent length scales.

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind the paper-folding art can also be applied to making a microfluidic device for a blood test, or for storing a satellite's solar panel in a rocket’s cargo bay.   

The Great Energy Debate: Pa. Weighs Its Carbon Future

December 1, 2014

Andrew Huemmler of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted about nuclear and coal plants.

Article Source: U.S. News & World Report
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 24, 2014

Penn Research Shows Way to Design ‘Digital’ Metamaterials

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Figuring out the necessary composition and internal structure to create the unusual properties of metamaterials is a challenge but new research, borrowing concepts from binary computing, presents a way of simplifying things.

Metamaterials, precisely designed composite materials that have properties not found in natural ones, could be used to make light-bending invisibility cloaks, flat lenses and other otherwise impossible devices.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422November 21, 2014

Competition Leads Five Penn Students to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

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A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

In Quest for Better Treatments, Penn Prof’s ‘Avatars of Human Organs’ Simulate Lungs

October 14, 2014

Dan Huh of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses “organs on chips.”

Bon Jovi to Receive Humanitarian Award

November 16, 2014

Katherina Rosqueta of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy comments on Jon

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 12, 2014

Penn Engineers Efficiently ‘Mix’ Light at the Nanoscale

The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic ones, but the fundamentals of computation, mixing two inputs into a single output, currently require too much space and power when done with light.    

In Quest for Better Treatments, Penn Prof’s ‘Avatars of Human Organs’ Simulate Lungs

October 14, 2014

Dan Huh of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses “organs on chips.”

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 23, 2014

NanoDay@Penn Hands Out Research and Image Awards

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On Wednesday, Oct. 22, the University of Pennsylvania’s Nano/Bio Interface Center hosted its annual NanoDay@Penn, a public education and outreach event that featured a series of talks, demonstrations and exhibits concerning nanotechnology, a rapidly expanding scientific discipline that involves the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale.

By Madeleine Stone

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, the University of Pennsylvania’s Nano/Bio Interface Center hosted its annual NanoDay@Penn, a public education and outreach event that featured a series of talks, demonstrations and exhibits concerning nanotechnology, a rapidly expanding scientific discipline that involves the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale.