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The flower that blooms in the winter

The witchhazel is a species of flower that blooms in cold temperatures and lives around campus, and in abundance at the Morris Arboretum. The Arboretum’s Anthony Aiello talks the ins and outs of the strange species.

Brandon Baker

Pint-size philosophers

By engaging with Philadelphia elementary students and high school teachers, Penn professor Karen Detlefsen is opening young minds to a new kind of philosophical thinking.

Michele W. Berger

The Venezuelan crisis, explained

A Q&A with Tulia Falleti, a political science professor and the director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, on the past, present, and possible future of Venezuela.

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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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NextCity.org

Philly applies a ‘light touch’ to get dollars flowing for middle-income homes

Vincent Reina of the School of Design discussed Philadelphia’s new Workforce Housing Credit Enhancement program, which guarantees loans to small and mid-size developers building income-restricted projects. The enhancement “is a nice way of releasing pressure on the housing market,” says Reina.

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Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call

Pennsylvania Supreme Court relents for now on medical malpractice changes

Responding to threats by a large health network outside Philadelphia to end cross-county partnerships if venue restraints on medical malpractice lawsuits were lifted, Hanming Fang of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Leonard Davis Institute said changing the venue rule would allow lawyers to file lawsuits in Philadelphia regardless of affiliations with the city’s health systems. “I don’t see that logic,” said Fang.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Libraries and venerable Philadelphia Athenaeum form bookish alliance

The Libraries have entered a partnership with the Athenaeum, Philadelphia’s last remaining subscription library. “Our new library partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia makes easily accessible the Athenaeum’s unmatched collection of historic architectural publications and other documentation for the study of this rich legacy,” said David Brownlee, a School of Arts and Sciences professor and an Athenaeum board member. Jon Shaw and Constantia Constantinou were also quoted.

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Science News

A new insulation material is practically weightless yet still durable

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Deep Jariwala commented on a new, nearly weightless insulation material made of porous aerogel capable of withstanding temperature shifts of over 1,000 degrees Celsius. “It’s notoriously hard to make materials that are not just lightweight but can also be heavily heat resistant.”

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Forbes

Love and college admission

In an article comparing college acceptances to valentines, Dean Eric J. Furda of Admissions said “the concept of the ‘ideal partner’ may not have a place in the college search process, lest we set ourselves up for disappointment and denial.” However, he said, “in the end, I do believe the vast majority of students find their true love; it just may come from previously unexpected places and takes an open-minded person.”

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Science

Poor sleep could clog your arteries. A mouse study shows how that might happen

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Namni Goel weighed in on a new study that found that poor sleep can clog arteries.

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Philly.com

Why this New York Jets linebacker wants to help Penn undergrads manage their money

Brandon Copeland, a Penn alum and New York Jets linebacker, wished he’d taken a personal finance course to learn the basics of budgeting, investing, retirement planning, and career basics. Now he’s teaching that very undergraduate class.

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Men’s Health

Why gene editing may hold the promise of a herpes cure

Sita Awasthi of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed the challenges researchers face in pursuing a cure for herpes. In spite of advances in CRISPR technology, Awasthi emphasizes the continued need for a preventive vaccine.

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“The Pulse,” (WHYY Radio)

What’s the best way to teach math?

Caroline Ebby of the Graduate School of Education said that in the U.S. many people learn math as a set of rules to follow but don’t fully understand the procedures used to solve equations.

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