PHILADELPHIA — Long the bane of picky eaters everywhere, broccoli’s taste is not just a matter of having a cultured palate; some people can easily taste a bitter compound in the vegetable that others have difficulty detecting. Now a team of Penn researchers has helped uncover the evolutionary history of one of the genes responsible for this trait. Beyond showing the ancient origins of the gene, the researchers discovered something unexpected: something other than taste must have driven its evolution.
PHILADELPHIA — Each holiday season, people are moved by the spirit of giving to make a difference in the lives of others. The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice has developed an online guide that lists high-impact, low-cost charitable-giving opportunities for donors interested in making a difference with “High Impact Holiday Giving.”
Charles Branas and Eugenia Garvin of the PerelmanSchool of Medicine are spotlighted for their research on the effect of greening vacant lots.
PHILADELPHIA — Earthquakes are some of the most daunting natural disasters that scientists try to analyze. Though the earth’s major fault lines are well known, there is little scientists can do to predict when an earthquake will occur or how strong it will be. And, though earthquakes involve millions of tons of rock, a team of University of Pennsylvania and Brown University researchers has helped discover an aspect of friction on the nanoscale that may lead to a better understanding of the disasters.
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