Science & Technology

Combating urban heat

Through the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, rising junior Sarah Sterinbach has spent the summer learning about the policies Philadelphia has used to protect its citizens from extreme heat and how those efforts might improve in the future.

Luis Melecio-Zambrano

Intervening to stop bone loss

A study led by Shuying (Sheri) Yang of the School of Dental Medicine identified a new role for a protein that keeps osteoclasts—the cells that break down bone—in check, and may guide the development of new therapies to counter bone loss.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News

The Conversation

Do chemicals in sunscreens threaten aquatic life? A new report says a thorough assessment is ‘urgently needed,’ while also calling sunscreens essential protection against skin cancer

A report co-authored by PIK Professor Karen Glanz weighs the negative environmental effects of UV filters against their positive impact on human health.


Philadelphia Citizen

Michael E. Mann is coming for your climate doomism

In a profile, Michael E. Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the country is on the verge of truly meaningful climate action on the policy front.


WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Philadelphia bidding for new federal research agency headquarters

Dawn Bonnell of the Provost’s Office says that Philadelphia business leaders are applying for a new program from the National Science Foundation to establish regional research hubs.



The Pentagon established an office to track UFOs. What could we learn?

Kate Dorsch of the School of Arts & Sciences clarifies how UFOs and UAPs are classified and delves into the scarcity of knowledge gleaned from their potential sightings by the military.


WHYY-Radio (Philadelphia)

The women who programmed the first modern computer

A new book by Kathy Kleiman shares the story of the six women mathematicians at Penn who programmed the world’s first digital computer—the ENIAC.



Forget electric toothbrushes: Tiny robots could one day brush and floss your teeth for you

Hyun (Michel) Koo of the School of Dental Medicine and Edward Steager of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comment on technology that has the potential to prevent oral diseases by brushing and flossing with microbots.


What does the rise in remote work mean for research-based innovation?

John Swartley and Bhavana Mohanraj of the Penn Center for Innovation discuss how research center hubs are changing and how they’re staying the same.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly hosts a robot lollapalooza, attracting 4,500 roboticists and showing off devices that fly, swim, and enter the body

Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted on the International Conference on Robotics and Automation and how robotics has become a fundamental discipline in engineering education.


What can Philly do to make a home for robotics to flourish? Scenes from ICRA 2022’s mad dash

Dean Vijay Kumar and Avik De of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Laurie Actman of the Penn Center for Innovation are quoted on their participation in the International Conference on Robotics and Automation.


Daily Beast

Watch this noodle-shaped robot autonomously escape a maze 

Researchers at Penn and North Carolina State University have created a rotini-shaped robot that can tumble through a maze without any help or guidance from a computer or human being.