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Structures of the future

The Polyhedral Structures Laboratory, a research group based out of PennDesign, is showcasing an exhibit at the Pennovation Center that teases their work on designs with wide-reaching implications for construction.

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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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Economic Times

Bigger Billion Days: How this year’s festive season could prove transformative for Flipkart

Discussing Indian e-commerce, the Wharton School’s Kartik Hosanagar said that the ratio of customer acquisition costs to customer lifetime value is “even more lopsided than in the U.S., Europe, and China.” The key to profitability, he said, is reducing those acquisition costs and improving customer retention.

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Vanity Fair

Is the Harvey Weinstein criminal case in trouble?

“We’re in a different arena than we were 10 years ago,” said Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts and Sciences, comparing the current moment to the pre-#MeToo era. As prosecutors, “the public and the politics are on your side now…. You can find juries that will convict.”

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Vox.com

West Elm won over millennials. But now it’s really pissing them off

Sarah Rottenberg of the School of Design attributed West Elm’s success with millennials to their stylized yet adaptable aesthetic and accessible price point. Rottenberg’s research has shown that “practicality is a critical attribute for millennials purchasing products.”

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Los Angeles Times

Prop. 5 offers tax breaks for older home buyers, but could shortchange schools and cities

The Wharton School’s Fernando Ferreira weighed in on California’s Proposition 5. “Right now, you’re giving a gigantic tax break to older homeowners who live in the best houses in the richest parts of the state,” Ferreira said. “This new proposition unfortunately will just perpetuate this inequality.”

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Smithsonian Magazine

Scientists break the rules of reproduction by breeding mice from single-sex parents

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Marisa Bartolomei offered commentary on same-sex reproductive experiments, which have proven easier in bimaternal than bipaternal pairings.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Guess what these young dinosaurs ate when their parents weren’t looking

Peter Dodson of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences offered commentary on young dinosaurs’ ability to independently forage for vegetation. “It seems like a pretty fair bet that there wasn’t parental care,” said Dodson.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Truck traffic is clogging Center City streets. What’s Philly going to do about it?

The School of Design’s Erick Guerra discussed the issue of delivery trucks blocking major streets in Philadelphia. “One of the big first steps is closely analyzing and understanding the problem,” he said. “I’m not sure that’s quite been done yet.”

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The New York Times

Trump attacks the Fed as stocks fall and midterms loom

The Wharton School’s Peter Conti-Brown warned that the president’s critiques could erode public confidence in the Federal Reserve. Noting the parallel impact on the F.B.I., Conti-Brown wondered “how long will people stay if the job itself becomes terrible, and there are protesters everywhere you go?”

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The Atlantic

Lindsey Graham doesn’t want a primary

In an article by Dick Polman, writer in residence in the School of Arts and Sciences, Brian Rosenwald of the Fox Leadership Program was cited for his political expertise. Lindsey Graham “knows that infuriating the left and the media really poses no risk, given the nature of his state,” said Rosenwald.

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