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Monitoring heritage sites with drones and remote sensors

The Center for Architectural Conservation has been observing adobe ruins for three years as a harbinger for climate change. Any damage that the changing climate will do to exposed structures, it will do it to adobe first.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump-friendly Newsmax bundled into Comcast’s Xfinity service

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Victor Pickard discussed conservative news channel Newsmax and its recent deal with Comcast. If Comcast is “feeling the heat from the right, it will make sense to appease some of those critics,” said Pickard.

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The New Yorker

The mystery of the Havana Syndrome

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Douglas Smith offered commentary on the concussion-like symptoms experienced by American diplomats in Havana in the winter of 2017. While some have suggested that their symptoms were psychosomatic, Smith said that “there was not one individual on the team [at Penn] who was not convinced that this was a real thing.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

ER doctors worked without pay for weeks as three Philly area hospitals changed management

The Wharton School’s Lawton Robert Burns spoke about the challenge of staffing emergency departments. A shortage of ER doctors makes hiring and salary negotiations time-consuming, which in turn makes third-party staffing agencies an attractive option, he said.

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The Atlantic

A bold new strategy for stopping the rise of superbugs

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Rahul Kohli was cited for his team’s efforts to identify drugs capable of blocking the “SOS response,” which allows bacteria to mutate.

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Miami Herald

How vinegar, smartphones and factory clinics are tackling cervical cancer in Haiti

Lawrence Shulman of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about women’s lack of access to cancer treatment in Haiti. “Not having radiation will lead to some patients dying who might have survived,” said Shulman.

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National Review

More nurses means better care—So why did this ballot measure fail?

A recent study authored by Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing and the School of Arts and Sciences was mentioned in a discussion of a failed Massachusetts measure that would have implemented mandatory patient-to-nurse ratios. “Better-staffed hospitals with good work environments actually returned lower mortality for the same or lower cost,” said Aiken.

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Bloomberg News

Californians expected to rebuild burnt homes despite continued fire risk

Carolyn Kousky of the Wharton School described the short- and long-term challenges homeowners face after experiencing natural disasters. “Recovery is so much longer and slower than people appreciate at the outset,” she said. “It’ll go out of the headlines, but they’ll still be struggling with this.”

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Smithsonian Magazine

Astronomers discover second-closest know exoplanet

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Cullen Blake weighed in on the identification of an earth-like exoplanet called Barnard’s Star b. Blake said that while the data used to locate it may be muddied by nearby stellar activity, the exoplanet has been observed enough times to be a strong planetary candidate.

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Christian Science Monitor

Grab your moral compass: ‘The Good Place’ takes philosophy mainstream

Errol Lord of the School of Arts and Sciences offered commentary on the Emmy-nominated series “The Good Place,” which regularly grapples with ethical issues. “I don’t think there has ever been a network sitcom that talks about philosophers in this way,” said Lord.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Philly’s Amazon HQ2 loss could be a long-term win for city, experts say

The Wharton School’s Robert Inman said of cities’ efforts to court Amazon’s new HQ, “In most instances, it’s a zero-sum game. You’ll end up lowering benefits or raising taxes elsewhere in the city to subsidize the relocator with probably little impact on jobs.”

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