Advice-giving benefits the person sharing guidance
In a Q&A, Wharton postdoc Lauren Eskreis-Winkler discusses new findings that signal it may be time to shift how we think about motivation and achievement.
Wharton prof explains Facebook’s new currency
Wharton Professor Kevin Werbach explains Libra: whether it’s actually a cryptocurrency, Facebook’s interest in it, and looming regulatory challenges.
The role of UN ambassador, explained
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, distinguished global leader-in-residence at Perry World House, describes the workings of the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.—and whether it matters that it’s no longer of cabinet status.
The chemistry behind fireworks
A Q&A with inorganic chemist Eric Schelter about the chemical reactions that create explosive displays and how different metals are used to create bright and brilliant colors.
Mary Frances Berry on the 55th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Africana Studies professor Mary Frances Berry discusses the history of civil rights legislation, and where the 1964 bill fits in.
A conversation about second-generation immigrants and mortality
In a Q&A, Penn demographer Michel Guillot discusses recent work showing that male children of immigrants from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia have a mortality rate nearly double that of the native population in France.
Why do Achilles ruptures take so long to heal?
Kathryn O’Connor, an assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, gives the ins and outs of Achilles tears.
The state of Alzheimer’s research at Penn
The Penn Memory Center’s Sanjeev Vaishnavi discusses the progress and setbacks made in Alzheimer’s research in the past five years.
The science behind Spider-Man’s superpowers
A Q&A with biomaterials engineer Shu Yang about the real-life technologies and research that could allow people to climb up walls and synthesize their own superstrong spider silk.
Toxins from the tap
In Pennsylvania and hundreds of other locations around the country, manmade chemicals known as PFAS have been found in drinking water. Howard Neukrug discusses the potential harm, how local and federal agencies are responding, and the many related questions that remain unanswered.