America the Bountiful ag workforce event highlights Penn State initiative
PlantVillage, an online crop-disease knowledge library and image database co-founded by Penn State researcher David Hughes, was represented at an event unveiling a new agricultural workforce development initiative Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C.
Too much of a form of vitamin B3 in cells can cause behavioral changes in worms
Experiments show that too much of a form of vitamin B3 -- nicotinamide -- that is produced naturally inside of cells can lead to cell death in certain sensory cells and cause behavioral changes in the worm, Caenorhabditis elegans.
New, carbon-nanotube tool for ultra-sensitive virus detection and identification
A new tool that uses a forest-like array of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes that can be finely tuned to selectively trap viruses by their size can increase the detection threshold for viruses and speed the process of identifying newly-emerging viruses.
Using satellite images to better target vaccination
A team of researchers led by Penn State scientists have combined satellite imagery, vaccination records, and measles case reports to illustrate how using predictable population fluctuations can help to improve vaccination coverage — a vital factor in combatting infectious disease outbreaks.
Retired congressman, AAAS CEO Holt to lead panel on science and politics
The Penn State community is invited to join a panel discussion featuring a scientist-turned-lawmaker and a group of leading Penn State researchers about the role of scientists helping to shape policy for a more sustainable future.
Artificial intelligence could help farmers diagnose crop diseases
A network of computers fed a large image dataset can learn to recognize specific plant diseases with a high degree of accuracy, potentially paving the way for field-based crop-disease identification using smartphones, according to a team of researchers at Penn State and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Low-cost sensor for cystic fibrosis diagnosis based on citrate
Penn State biomaterials scientists have developed a new, inexpensive method for detecting salt concentrations in sweat or other bodily fluids. The fluorescent sensor, derived from citric acid molecules, is highly sensitive and highly selective for chloride, the key diagnostic marker in cystic fibrosis.
Foliage display may suffer in parts of Pa. due to drought conditions
Drought conditions in parts of Pennsylvania, particularly in the northcentral region, are likely to dampen the fall foliage display, according to a forest ecologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
First accurate simulation of a virus invading a cell
For the first time, scientists know what happens to a virus' shape when it invades a host cell, thanks to an experiment by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Understanding how the virus shape changes could lead to more effective anti-viral therapies.
Researchers promote STEM education through online learning and 3-D models
Funded by the Social Science Research Institute, the Brain3M project aims to enhance middle school science education through virtual and 3-D printed brain models. (The “3M” stands for mobile devices, magnetic resonance imaging and 3-D models.)
We Are: Meet 'dreamer,' student and plant biologist Shu Li
Shu Li is getting ready to defend her research and earn a Ph.D. in plant biology, but her reach already goes beyond the lab or classroom.
David Hughes to be featured on President Barron’s WPSU show Sept. 11
Penn State President Eric J. Barron’s monthly WPSU show returns for its third season when it airs at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, on WPSU-TV. Barron will welcome Huck Institutes researcher David Hughes of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) to discuss how Penn State researchers utilize crowdsourcing and mobile technology to protect the world's food supply.
New Innovation Gateway connects researchers to industry funding
Penn State’s Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP) has announced the creation of a new, interactive online platform that will help the University’s researchers collaborate better with industry, increase commercialization opportunities and obtain new funding sources for research projects.
Did smoking kill the Neanderthals?
Smoke inhalation would have been a serious threat for early man, due to campfires. But it appears that modern humans have evolved a reduced sensitivity to the chemicals in smoke so that it doesn’t trigger so much inflammatory damage to our airways.
Coral conservation efforts aided by computer simulations
New research shows that endangered corals in the eastern Pacific Ocean are isolated from healthy coral populations in the west
Where there's smoke and a mutation there may be an evolutionary edge for humans
A genetic mutation may have helped modern humans adapt to smoke exposure from fires and perhaps sparked an evolutionary advantage over their archaic competitors, including Neandertals, according to a team of researchers.
Announcing Huck Graduate Research Innovation Grant recipients for 2016
The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of Huck Graduate Research Innovation (GRI) Grants.
Penn State researcher awarded grant to study Zika transmission in United States
The Zika virus is appearing more frequently in the United States, including a locally transmitted outbreak in Florida, and people are concerned. Now the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a Penn State researcher a grant to test whether common American mosquitoes can carry the virus.
Self-healing textiles not only repair themselves, but can neutralize chemicals
Someday, chemically protective suits made of fabric coated in self-healing, thin films may prevent farmers from exposure to organophosphate pesticides, soldiers from chemical or biological attacks in the field and factory workers from accidental releases of toxic materials, according to a team of researchers.
Super-Cold Microscope Has Super Cool Uses
While "go big" is the motto for many science initiatives, Penn State researchers are hoping a cutting-edge microscope will allow them to "go deep" to promote biomedical research and discoveries in materials science.