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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 1, 2014

Research From Penn and UCSB Shows How Giant Clams Harness the Sun

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Researchers have now shown how giant clams use iridescent structures to thrive, operating as exceedingly efficient, living greenhouses that grow symbiotic algae as a source of food. This understanding could have implications for alternative energy research.

Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits. Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 25, 2014

Penn-led Study Ties Aging to Oxidative Damage in Mitochondria

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In a new study, University of Pennsylvania scientists used innovative techniques to find evidence that oxidative damage in mitochondria — the small compartments in cells that convert food to energy — may play a role in the aging process.

As long as humans have been alive, they’ve been seeking ways to extend life just a little longer. So far no one has found the fountain of youth, but researchers have begun to understand how humans age, little by little, offering hope for therapies that may blunt the effects of time on the body.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2014

Opening of Penn Engineering’s New 3-D Printing Facility: ‘The AddLab’

Thanks in part to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science is opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools.

WHO

Robert W. Carpick
John Henry Towne Professor and Department Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania

Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Staff and Students

WHAT

Tour of new additive manufacturing facility
Demonstration of 3-D printed objects

WHEN

Thursday, October 2, 4-5:30 p.m.

WHERE

Towne Building Room 187
Chancellor Walk Entrance (Labled "1" on map)
Accessible from 34th and Walnut streets

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2014

Penn Chemists Observe Key Reaction for Producing ‘Atmosphere’s Detergent’

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Understanding exactly how this reaction proceeds is critical for predicting how the atmosphere will respond to environmental changes, but it occurs so quickly that all of the molecules involved haven’t been measured in the wild.

Earth’s atmosphere is a complicated dance of molecules. The chemical output of plants, animals and human industry rise into the air and pair off in sequences of chemical reactions. Such processes help maintain the atmosphere’s chemical balance; for example, some break down pollutants emitted from the burning of fossil fuels.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2014

As a Citation Laureate, Penn Physicist Charles Kane Contender for Nobel Prize

Charles Kane, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Pennsylvania ’s School of Arts & Sciences, is one of this year’s Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 18, 2014

Penn Study: Exercise Boosts Tumor-fighting Ability of Chemotherapy

Study after study has proven it true: exercise is good for you. But new research from University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Plant Cells May Help Treat Hemophilia

September 6, 2014

Henry Daniell of the School of Dental Medicine says, “Our technique, which uses plant-based capsules, has the potential to be a cost-effective and safe alternative.”

Article Source: Times of India

PIK Prof Chris Murray: From Industry to Ivy League

For Christopher B. Murray, the promise of major investments in nanoscale science and technology—including a commitment to build what is now the world-class Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology—lured him from a big-time career in industry to a whole new world at Penn.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 17, 2014

Penn Engineer Danielle Bassett Receives 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

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Bassett will receive a five-year, $625,000, no-strings-attached grant. She is being recognized for her research that uses network science to better understand on how the brain can learn and adapt.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday that the University of Pennsylvania’s Danielle S. Bassett has been selected as a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 15, 2014

Penn Team Studies Nanocrystals by Passing Them Through Tiny Pores

An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole in a membrane, the team was able to measure the electrical properties of those structures’ surfaces.