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Pets pick up on their owner’s personality

When a baby is born, many new moms and dads pore over parenting books, striving to strike the right balance of firmness and warmth to raise their children into kind, intelligent, strong individuals. While nature plays a critical role, research supports the idea that parenting style and parents’ personalities do influence a child’s behavior.

By Katherine Unger Baillie

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Astronaut Scott Kelly's DNA Did Not 'Change in Space' the Way You Think

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Mathias Basner joined the chorus of sleep experts dismissing initial reports that 7 percent of astronaut and identical twin Scott Kelly’s DNA “changed” while in space.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

The Hottest Philly Neighborhood No One Is Talking About

North Philadelphia’s “linguistically diverse” Olney neighborhood has surged in population in the last 15 years. Domenic Vitiello of the School of Design discussed the neighborhood’s revitalization, which has managed to avoid the “out-migration” afflicting other, more gentrified neighborhoods in Philadelphia.


The Verge Is Not for Sale

After purchasing the domain name in 1993, Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science has had to repeatedly fend off attempts by cryptocurrency enthusiasts to purchase the website for upwards of seven figures. Blaze has refused to sell, warning against the use of cryptocurrency as “investment vehicles.”


Live Science

The FDA Wants to Take Nicotine Out of Tobacco. How Do You Do That?

Andrew Strasser of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses genetically engineering tobacco to produce low-nicotine cigarettes. The new cigarettes differ from so-called “light” cigarettes, which can be smoked more vigorously to increase nicotine intake. In his 2016 study, Strasser and colleagues found that the low-nicotine versions “were associated with reduced smoking,” offering hope to both smokers and researchers.


Philadelphia Inquirer

For Penn, March Madness Memories Will Outlast Regrets

Despite the loss to Kansas, the Quakers delivered a season of 24 wins and brought a strong defense to the March Madness game. “We played as hard as we could play,” said senior Darnell Foreman, who had led the team to victory at the Palestra on the 11th, qualifying them for the tournament.


Inside Science

Biodiversity in the Oceans Exploded After Dinosaurs Fell

Lauren Sallan of the School of Arts and Sciences offered commentary on the diversification of marine life in the period following the end-Cretaceous mass extinction.


Associated Press

Doctors Hunt for Hidden Cancers With Glowing Dyes

Sunil Singhal of the Perelman School of Medicine pioneered the use of “TumorGlow,” which administers a dye called ICG in large doses prior to surgery. The dye collects in and illuminates cancer cells, allowing surgeons to identify once-invisible tumors. The dye is now being tested for use in ovarian and lung cancers and may one day be used to detect breast cancer.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Vaping Study Earns $175,000 Prize for Chadds Ford Teen

Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science (TREES) scholar Natalia Orlovsky worked with mentor Jeffrey Field of the Perelman School of Medicine to research the effects of vaping on human lung cells.


Chemistry World

American Civil War Era Tea Yields Modern Day Medicine

Madeleine Jouillé of the School of Arts and Sciences led a team in developing a way to synthesize ceanothine D, a complex cyclopeptide alkaloid found in red root, also known as the New Jersey tea plant, a “staple of American folk medicine.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Now Open: Franklin's Table Food Hall at Penn

The food hall replaces the former Moravian Food Court, offering fast-casual versions of Philadelphia favorites, including Goldie Falafel, Pitruco Pizza, KQ Burger, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and DK Sushi, a spin on Michael Schulson’s popular Japanese speakeasy, Double Knot.