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Low voice pitch increases standing among strangers

If you’re looking for a long-term relationship or to boost your social status, lower your pitch, according to researchers studying the effects of voice pitch on social perceptions

Modified soft material promises better bioelectronics, researchers say

Soft bioelectronic devices hold potential for many advances in the health care field, but researchers have faced hurdles in identifying materials that are biocompatible while still maintaining all necessary characteristics to operate effectively

Series to raise awareness of characterization resources available at Penn State

Penn State researchers are invited to attend “After Café,” a casual, applications-centric series designed to raise awareness about the range of characterization assets available at the Materials Characterization Laboratory

Predicting neurodevelopmental disease in children from parent’s traits

Predicting the trajectory of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders like autism or schizophrenia is difficult because they can be influenced by many different genetic and environmental factors

Researchers assemble 51 animal genomes using publicly accessible workflows

Using a new set of tools, an international research collaboration including scientists from Penn State, Rockefeller University and Johns Hopkins University have reconstructed genetic blueprints for 51 species.

$1.9M NIH grant to support research on impacts of the microbiome on human health

To help understand how complex communities of microbes impact human health, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Science has awarded a five-year, $1.9 million Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award to Jordan Bisanz

How does Zika virus replicate and transmit from mother to fetus?

In 2015, an outbreak of Zika virus, driven by a heavy rain season and subsequent boom in the virus’s host mosquito population, caused thousands of babies in Brazil to be born with severe birth defects.

Newly identified protein helps flowers develop all the right parts

Flowers rely on a newly identified protein to develop properly with all of their organs, according to the research team who made the discovery.

Noted anthropologist Joanna Setchell to deliver 2024 Darwin Day Lecture

Joanna “Jo” Setchell, professor of anthropology at Durham University in England, will deliver a lecture titled “Sexual Selection and the Differences between the Sexes in Mandrills (Mandrillus Sphinx)” as part of this year’s annual Darwin Day celebration

Start up your research: Apply now for March I-Corps Short Course

Penn State’s NSF I-Corps Short Course is accepting applications for its virtual March cohort. The no-cost program helps researchers test a startup idea through customer interviews and educational programming on the lean startup methodology