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Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition

Synthetic proteins based on those found in a variety of squid species' ring teeth may lead the way to self-healing polymers carefully constructed for specific toughness and stretchability that might have applications in textiles, cosmetics and medicine, according to Penn State researchers.

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How Depression and Antidepressant Drugs Work

New insight from depressed mice helps researchers unite two hypotheses

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How did the giraffe get its long neck?

Clues now revealed by new genome sequencing

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New Penn State research initiative part of White House microbiome event

An emerging, cross-disciplinary area of research at Penn State was represented May 13 at a White House event aimed at promoting the study of microbiomes.

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Three honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences

Three individuals -- including Huck Institutes-cofunded faculty member Pamela Hankey-Giblin -- have received the College of Agricultural Sciences' 2016 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award.

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NASA taps Penn State geoscientist to join ancient Mars habitability project

When NASA began seeking new scientists to join its Curiosity Mars rover team, Penn State geoscientist Christopher House knew his experience could be a valuable asset to the project.

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13 graduate students receive Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Thirteen graduate students -- including Huck Institutes doctoral candidates Alexandra M. Garvin (Physiology) and Varun Vijay Prabhu (Molecular Medicine) and doctoral student Gail L. McCormick (Ecology) -- received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research. The graduate students were honored during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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University honors graduate students with Professional Master’s Excellence Award

Four Penn State graduate students -- including Huck Institutes professional master's candidate Taryn M. Serman and professional master's graduate Fatima Carla Bertulfo (both in Biotechnology) -- received the Professional Master’s Excellence Award.

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University honors 10 graduate assistants with Martin Outstanding Teaching Award

Ten graduate students -- including Huck Institutes doctoral candidates Nathan M. Garvin (Physiology) and Carrie R. Lewis (MCIBS) -- were presented the 2016 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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Beekeepers sought to assist with research on how landscapes affect bee health

The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is recruiting beekeepers from Pennsylvania and surrounding states to assist in research on how landscape features affect the quality of apiaries.

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Tap water and table salt may be safer and cheaper for milk production cleanup

A safer option for cleaning milking systems on dairy farms may also decrease cleaning time and cost, according to a team of Penn State engineers.

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Gene-edited mushroom created by Penn State researcher is changing GMO dialogue

The term "genetically modified organism" is almost guaranteed to spark debate in the news and social media, on internet message boards and at the water cooler. Now, the work of a faculty researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has generated a new wave of attention to the ongoing dialogue surrounding GMOs.

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Probing Questions: Why are bees and other pollinators suffering from malnutrition?

Listen in as Christina Grozinger -- a distinguished professor of entomology, and director of Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research -- updates us on the pollinator malnutrition crisis and notes some ways we might mitigate and reverse the downward trend in pollinator health.

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Your viruses could reveal your travel history, and more

The genomes of two distinct strains of the virus that causes the common lip cold sore, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), have been identified within an individual person -- an achievement that could be useful to forensic scientists for tracing a person's travel history.

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In human development research, big data could mean better results

While there is no Hubble telescope gathering data about the universe of human development, projects to make large amounts of information -- big data -- more accessible to developmental researchers could bring behavioral science's biggest questions into focus, according to a Penn State psychologist.

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Microfluidic devices gently rotate small organisms and cells

A method to rotate single particles, cells or organisms using acoustic waves in a microfluidic device will allow researchers to take three dimensional images with only a cell phone.

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Keeping ribosomes stuck may stop virulent bacteria strain in its tracks

Compounds that stop a cellular rescue operation for stuck ribosomes may bolster the nation's defenses against biowarfare and bioterrorism, as well as create alternative antibiotics to handle increasingly resistant pathogens, according to a team of researchers.

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DJs, drones and the sounds of data featured at 2016 Polar Day on March 22

The weather may be warming with spring on the horizon, but ice will be center stage at Penn State’s annual Polar Day on March 22, 2016 on the University Park campus.

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Gorilla and human Y chromosomes are highly similar, new method reveals

A new, less expensive, and faster method has been developed to determine the DNA sequence of the male-specific Y chromosome in the gorilla.

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Data-sharing video library aids developmental studies

The first large-scale, open data-sharing video library is expanding at a rapid pace, providing developmental researchers at Penn State and across the world unprecedented access to data in a rich, new way.

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