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Find Your Voice: Unlocking the Mysteries of Stuttering

July 29, 2013

Arjun Yodh of the School of Arts and Sciences co-authors a blog post about studying stuttering.

Article Source: Scientific American
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 26, 2013

Penn Research Helps Make Advance in 'Programmable Matter' Using Nanocrystals

When University of Pennsylvania nanoscientists created beautiful, tiled patterns with flat nanocrystals, they were left with a mystery: why did some sets of crystals arrange themselves in an alternating, herringbone style, even though it wasn’t the simplest pattern?

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Britt Faulstick | britt.faulstick@drexel.edu | 215-895-2617 August 5, 2013

Penn Research Helps Identify New Brain Cell Involved in Navigation

Using direct human brain recordings, a research team from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Thomas Jefferson University has identified a new type of cell in the brain that helps people to keep track of their relative loca

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 17, 2013

Nano-Noses at Penn Science Cafe

Physicist Charlie Johnson connects the biological to the digital, using graphene and carbon nanotubes to turn chemical interactions into electrical signals. Johnson will explain how attaching biological structures, such as antibodies, to these flat or rolled-up lattices of carbon atoms has enabled him and his colleagues to build new kinds of sensors, detecting things like Lyme disease bacteria.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 18, 2013

Penn Researchers Help Show New Way to Study and Improve Catalytic Reactions

Catalysts are everywhere. They make chemical reactions that normally occur at extremely high temperatures and pressures possible within factories, cars and the comparatively balmy conditions within the human body. Developing better catalysts, however, is mainly a hit-or-miss process.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 10, 2013

Two Penn Researchers Named Simons Investigators

Rajeev Alur and Randall Kamien of the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded five-year, $500,000 grants from the Simons Foundation, as part of its 2013 class of Simons Investigators.

ADHD Drugs Don’t Boost Kids’ Grades

July 8, 2013

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for not finding any cognitive benefit from Adderall taken by students.

Article Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Latest Pathway to Creativity: Electroshock Your Brain

July 3, 2013

Sharon Thompson-Schill of the School of Arts and Sciences describes her research on inducing creativity by passing an electric current through a part of the brain.

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Late Night Snacking Tied to Weight Gain From Sleep Deprivation

July 1, 2013

Student Andrea Spaeth of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about her research on the connection between sleep duration and weight gain.

Article Source: The Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Manasee Wagh | manasee@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 28, 2013

Penn Biologists Simulate a Cell in Action

The inner workings of a cell involve hundreds of thousands of discrete molecules, engaged in a repeating cycle of interactions that sustain life.