Science & Technology

Penn Awarded Funding for Critical Zone Observatory Project

PHILADELPHIA –- Environmentalists from the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded a $4.35 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a Critical Zone Observatory in Puerto Rico.

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Antidepressants May Change Personality, Leading to Reduced Depression, Says Penn Collaboration

PHILADELPHIA –- Examining data obtained from a University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University psychology study, researchers at these universities and Northwestern University have reported the first placebo-controlled evidence that antidepressant medications—particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs—can substantially change patients’

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In the News


The Telegraph

Antibiotics created from extinct species could fight infections

César de la Fuente of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Perelman School of Medicine and colleagues are using AI algorithms to find antibiotics in extinct animal species.

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The New York Times

Harrison White, groundbreaking (and inscrutable) sociologist, dies at 94

Randall Collins of the School of Arts & Sciences and PIK Professor Duncan J. Watts discuss the career of the late Harrison White, a theoretical physicist-turned-sociologist.

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Smithsonian Magazine

The western U.S. is sweltering under a ‘heat dome.’ What does that mean?

A study by Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences finds that climate change favors the jet stream behavior that produces stagnant high-pressure systems and the extreme heat and drought associated with them.

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MSNBC

Getting off a ‘highway to climate hell’

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the UN’s climate-change warnings amidst record-breaking global heat.

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Philadelphia Magazine

Should we trust AI? A Penn expert weighs in

In a Q&A, Chris Callison-Burch of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses the new frontiers and existential dread surrounding AI.

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The Guardian

AI used to predict potential new antibiotics in groundbreaking study

A study by César de la Fuente of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Perelman School of Medicine used machine learning to predict potential new antibiotics in the global microbiome.

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The New York Times

When hydropower runs dry

Shelley Welton of Penn Carey Law and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the Weitzman School of Design says that North America needs a more interconnected electric grid with better scenario and long-term planning.

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Newsweek

Daily omega-3 supplements may change your behavior, scientists reveal

A study by Adrian Raine of the School of Arts & Sciences suggests that daily omega-3 supplements can lead to a reduction in aggressive behavior.

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Tampa Bay Times

These trees made Florida’s Hillsborough County over $1 million for their climate benefits. Is it legit?

Danny Cullenward of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the Weitzman School of Design says that carbon credit programs do more harm than good in the fight against climate change.

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Salon.com

The world’s oceans just broke an important climate change record

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the warming of the oceans is helping to destabilize ice shelves and fuel more powerful hurricanes and tropical cyclones.

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