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What Does Cancer Smell Like?

November 19, 2013

A.T. Charlie Johnson of the School of Arts and Sciences is mentioned for studying electronic nose sniff blood samples of both sick and healthy patients.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 19, 2013

Penn’s AppItUP Challenge Will Culminate With Launch of Five New Companies

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In the AppItUP Challenge, faculty and staff are encourage to submit their ideas for mobile applications, which are then judged by a panel of venture capital partners. The top ten ideas then go on to a public event, where development partners bid for the opportunity to turn the ideas into functional prototypes.

WHO:              Anthony H. Williams
                       Pennsylvania State Senator

Lyme Bacteria Show That Evolvability Is Evolvable

November 14, 2013

Dustin Brisson of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “There are other data that suggest that there could be selection on evolvability, but this is the first example where there really aren’t any other confounding answers for the data.”

Article Source: Nature
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 14, 2013

Penn Produces Graphene Nanoribbons With Nanopores for Fast DNA Sequencing

The instructions for building all of the body’s proteins are contained in a person’s DNA, a string of chemicals that, if unwound and strung end to end, would form a sentence 3 billion letters long.

A New Solar Material Shows Its Potential

November 10, 2013

Andrew Rappe of the School of Arts and Sciences is mentioned for researching a new material to make inexpensive and efficient solar panels.

Article Source: MIT Technology Review
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 11, 2013

Penn and Drexel Team Demonstrates New Paradigm for Solar Cell Construction

For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative.  This goal has sent chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering researchers on a quest to boost the energy-absorption efficiency of photovoltaic devices, but existing techniques are now running up against limits set by the laws of physics.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 6, 2013

Researchers at Penn Add Another Tool in Their Directed Assembly Toolkit

An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has already developed a technique for controlling liquid crystals by means of physical templates and elastic energy, rather than the electromagnetic fields that manipulate them in televisions and computer monitors. They envision using this technique to direct the assembly of other materials, such as nanoparticles.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 1, 2013

Penn Psychologists: Reproductive Issues Are Key in Predicting Religiosity

Some people are deeply religious and others not at all. Evolutionary psychologists are interested in determining the functions of religiosity in social life that lead to this diversity.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Dana Weidig | weidigd@email.chop.edu | 267-426-6092October 30, 2013

Penn, CHOP Researchers Help Author Report on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council today released a comprehensive report on sports-related concussions in youth, detailing factors associated with increased rates of the brain injury, the effectiveness of protective devices and new screening, diagnosis, treatment and management techniques, as well as the long-term consequences of concussions.

New Dilemmas for the Prisoner

November 1, 2013

Joshua Plotkin of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Alexander Stewart, also of the School of Arts and Sciences are featured for their research on the Prisoner’s Dilemma.

Article Source: American Scientist