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Newly Discovered Raptor Species Could Easily Sniff Out Prey, Penn Scientist Finds

May 12, 2015

Doctoral candidate Steven Jasinski of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted for helping identify a new species of dinosaur.

The Velociraptor Has a Cousin and It’s Even More Formidable

May 12, 2015

Doctoral candidate Steven Jasinski of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about studying a new dinosaur whose keen nose made it a formidable predator.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 11, 2015

New Dinosaur’s Keen Nose Made it a Formidable Predator, Penn Study Finds

A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania has identified a species of dinosaur closely related to Velociraptor, the group of creatures made infamous by the movie "Jurassic Park.” The newly named species likely possessed a keen sense of smell that would have made it a formidable predator.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 14, 2015

Penn Researchers Develop Liquid-crystal-based Compound Lenses That Work Like Insect Eyes

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Taking advantage of the geometry in which these liquid crystals like to arrange themselves, Penn researchers are able to grow compound lenses with controllable sizes.

The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. There, thousands of lenses work together to provide sophisticated information without the need for a sophisticated brain. Human artifice can only begin to approximate these naturally self-assembled structures, and, even then, they require painstaking manufacturing techniques.

Audio/Video: Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em…Cockroach Style?

May 7, 2015

Undergraduates Steve RybickiAriana SchanzerStephanie Mark

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 7, 2015

Penn Research Points to Omega-3 as a Nutritional Intervention for Childhood Behavioral Problems

At the forefront of a field known as “neurocriminology,” Adrian Raine of the University of Pennsylvania has long studied the interplay between biology and environment when it comes to antisocial and criminal behavior.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 7, 2015

Penn Researchers Develop Custom Artificial Membranes to Study the Molecular Basis of Disease

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Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 6, 2015

Penn-Michigan State Team Develops Novel Gene Therapy for Achromatopsia

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Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University tested a gene therapy in dogs with achromatopsia and found that the treatment demonstrated a functional rescue of cone cells in nearly 100 percent of treated eyes.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University presented new preclinical data this week that evaluates the efficacy of a gene therapy treatment for achromatopsia, a rare inherited retinal disease that involves cone cells. The disease affects humans as well as dogs.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 5, 2015

Penn and UC Merced Researchers Match Physical and Virtual Atomic Friction Experiments

Technological limitations have made studying friction on the atomic scale difficult, but researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Merced, have now made advances in that quest on two fronts.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 4, 2015

National Academy of Sciences Elects Penn Professor and Incoming Professor

Dorothy Cheney, a biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Abraham Nitzan, a chemist who will join Penn’s faculty in July, have been elected members of the National Academy of Scien