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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 26, 2013

Penn Engineers Enable ‘Bulk’ Silicon to Emit Visible Light for the First Time

Electronic computing speeds are brushing up against limits imposed by the laws of physics. Photonic computing, where photons replace comparatively slow electrons in representing information, could surpass those limitations, but the components of such computers require semiconductors that can emit light.       

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 22, 2013

Penn Medicine: Pre-Op Triage of Total Hip Replacement Patients Improves Outcomes

According to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, pre-operatively identifying patients with certain comorbid risk factors that may increase their chance of being admitted to the ICU following total hip replacement surgery results in fewer deaths, post-surgery complications, and unplann

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 22, 2013

Penn Study Finds Smoking Prolongs Fracture Healing and Increases Risk of Infection

Research has long shown the negative effects cigarette smoking has on cardiovascular health.

People Who Taste Too Much

March 19, 2013

Noam Cohen of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for co-authoring a study about taste.

Article Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 21, 2013

Penn Researchers Attach Lyme Disease Antibodies to Nanotubes

Early diagnosis is critical in treating Lyme disease. However, nearly one quarter of Lyme disease patients are initially misdiagnosed because currently available serological tests have poor sensitivity and specificity during the early stages of infection.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 20, 2013

Penn Research: Quitting Marshmallow Test Can Be a Rational Decision

A psychological experiment known as “the marshmallow test” has captured the public’s imagination as a marker of self control and even as a predictor of future success. This test shows how well children can delay gratification, a trait that has been shown to be as important to scholastic performance as traditional IQ.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 20, 2013

Penn Study: Differences in Bone Healing in Mice May Hold Answers to Bone Healing for Seniors

By studying the underlying differences in gene expression during healing after a bone break in young versus aged mice, Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and his colleagues aim to find specific pathways of fracture healing in humans.

Safeguarding Children – Pediatric Research on Medical Countermeasures

March 19, 2013

President Amy Gutmann writes about safeguarding children.

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Study: Sending Electricity Through Our Brains Makes Us More Creative

March 18, 2013

Sharon Thompson-Schill of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about studying the effect on creative thought by sending electricity through the brain.

Article Source: The Atlantic
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 13, 2013

Penn Researchers Show that Suppressing the Brain’s “Filter” Can Improve Performance in Creative Tasks

The brain’s prefrontal cortex is thought to be the seat of cognitive control, working as a kind of filter that keeps irrelevant thoughts, perceptions and memories from interfering with a task at hand. 

Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that inhibiting this filter can boost performance for tasks in which unfiltered, creative thoughts present an advantage.