Science & Technology

Calculus III for cells

Cells can sense and respond to surface curvature in very clever ways. The results, which revealed that curvature is a profound biological cue, could pave the way to new tools in the field.

Ali Sundermier



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Foreign Affairs

Keep CRISPR Safe

President Amy Gutmann and PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences co-authored an article emphasizing the importance of letting “global scientific and biological ethics communities” lead the charge in facilitating the implementation of gene-editing technology.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn's Electric Race Car Team Seeks Fourth Title in Four Years

Eighty undergrads from a variety of departments, including Connor Sendel of the Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, are building an electric car with four-wheel drive with hopes of winning two competitions this June.

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Gizmodo

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.

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The Verge

Crypto.com Is Not for Sale

After purchasing the domain name crypto.com 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.”

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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.

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The Guardian

Dogs Trained to Sniff Out Ancient Treasures Looted From Syria

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on the school’s Working Dog Center, where the “K-9 Artifact Finders” program is training dogs to search for smuggled antiquities.

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CBS News

Study: ‘Baby Talk’ Is the Best Way to Communicate With Your Dog

Carlo Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine confirms the results of a study on human-to-dog communication and recommended talking to, being happy around, and offering “clear directions” to one’s dogs to boost connection.

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The Scientist

Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos

David Roos of the School of Arts and Sciences was profiled for his journey from art major to scientist and for his current work developing EuPathDB, a catalog of “parasites and other pathogens.”

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Atlas Obscura

Found: A 5.5-Million-Year-Old Ancestor of the Red-Eared Slider

Penn student Steven Jasinski found the remains of Trachemys haugrudi, an ancestor of the red-eared slider turtle, suggesting a “once greater diversity” of turtles than today.

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Financial Times

How Brain Science Found Its Way into Business School

Wharton professor Michael Platt discussed the effect of neuroscience on the “future of business education.”

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