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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 24, 2008

Embryonic Heart Cells Thrive Only in an Environment That's Just Right, Penn Study Says


PHILADELPHIA –- Cellular engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have determined that cardiomyocytes, the specialized cells that form the heart muscle, thrive when cultured in an environment that mimics their own elastic nature but falter, weaken or die when “grown” on stiffer or softer materials.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 17, 2008

A Microscale System to Study Frustration in Buckled Monolayers of Microspheres Is Demonstrated at Penn


PHILADELPHIA –- A team of University of Pennsylvania physicists has demonstrated a simple system based on micron-sized spheres in water to study and control geometric frustration. Their research, published today in the journal Nature, elucidates open questions about frustration and frustration relief and provides a new tool for scientists grappling with these issues in a variety of fields from magnetism to basic statistical mechanics.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 20, 2008
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America's Energy Situation


Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has a satellite
uplink facility with live-shot capability and an ISDN line.

Expert:
Dr. Noam Lior
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
University of Pennsylvania
and
Editor of the journal Energy

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