Natural Science


Bioethics Gets an Airing

July 7, 2010

President Amy Gutmann debates synthetic biology.

Article Source: Nature

Morris Arboretum is Growing

July 2, 2010

The Morris Arboretum’s expansion plans are featured.

Fruit Fly Genes Yielding Clues to Lou Gehrig's Disease

June 28, 2010

Gillian Ritson, a graduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences, uses mutant fruit flies to study possible Alzheimer's treatments.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

My, What Scary Eyes You Have

June 21, 2010

Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs of the School of Arts and Sciences lead a decades-long research study on caterpillars that have developed fake eyes as a defense mechanism.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604June 17, 2010

Penn Physicists Honored With 2010 Europhysics Prize

PHILADELPHIA -- Charles Kane and Eugene Mele of the University of Pennsylvania are among five scientists awarded the 2010 Europhysics Prize of the European Physical Society Condensed Matter Division for the theoretical prediction and experimental observation of the quantum spin Hall effect and topological insulators.

Slideshow: A Collection of False Peepers

June 14, 2010

Daniel Janzen of the School of Arts and Sciences is credited for his photographic research of insects’ scare tactics.

Article Source: Science

This Week in Willpower

June 13, 2010

Robert Kurzban of the School of Arts and Sciences says new analysis calls into question the hypothesis that will power has a biological fuel.

Article Source: Psychology Today
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604 June 16, 2010

Sex, Drugs and Moral Goals: A Penn Psychology Study of Reproductive Strategies and Recreational Drug Use

PHILADELPHIA –- Why is there so much disagreement about whether using recreational drugs is morally wrong? A University of Pennsylvania psychology study shows that the debate about drugs might really be about sex.

The study compared two competing theories.

One theory -- the conventional wisdom in political science -- sees drug attitudes as primarily coming from people's political ideology, level of religious commitment, and personality, for example, openness to experience. 

Animal Cloning: The Next Phase

June 10, 2010

Autumn Fiester of the School of Medicine comments on ethical dilemmas involved in endangered-species embryo cloning.

Article Source: BusinessWeek

Insects That Can’t Beat Them Scare Them

June 14, 2010

Daniel Janzen of the School of Arts and Sciences leads a research study on “false-eyed” insects.

Article Source: New York Times