Science & Technology

It's A Small World After All: NanoDay 2008 @ Penn

WHO:Faculty from the Nano/Bio Interface Center of the University of Pennsylvania sponsor a day of nanotechnology education and activities for the Penn community as well as regional high schools and neighbors. WHAT:

Jordan Reese

In the News


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.


NBC News

Triceratops tussle: ‘Big John’ skull shows signs of battle, scientists say

Julie Engiles of the School of Veterinary Medicine commented on new research regarding triceratops anatomy, calling the team’s methodology “elegant and thorough.”


Scientific American

Where rising seas threaten drinking water, scientists look for affordable solutions

Research led by Allison Lassiter of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design aims to identify water systems along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts that are vulnerable to saltwater intrusion. “Besides being unpleasant to drink, salinized water can harm vulnerable populations, including people with hypertension and pregnant women,” she said.


The New York Times

Ty Haney is doing things differently this time

Kevin Werbach of the Wharton School said “web3,” a block-chain-centered iteration of the internet, won’t be as democratized or utopian as some believe. “There’s a web3 that’s out there which is wonderful and trying to make the world a better place, but just by labeling something web3, it doesn’t mean power dynamics will magically reverse,” Werbach said.