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Plants, Climate and a Midsummer Festival

July 29, 2011

Postdoctoral researcher Laura Fox of the School of Engineering and Applied Science shares information about studying the effects of climatic warning on steppe vegetation in Mongolia.

Article Source: New York Times

ENIAC Still Influencing Enterprise IT 68 Years Later

July 28, 2011

Mitch Marcus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses the influence of ENIAC, the world’s first electronic computer, on today’s modern devices.

Article Source: Networkworld.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 29, 2011

Penn Chemists Make First Molecular Binding Measurement of Radon

PHILADELPHIA — Even in trace quantities, the radioactive gas radon is very dangerous; it is second only to cigarette smoking as a cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States.

Team DARwIn takes First Place at RoboCup 2011

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In July, the U.S. scored a major international soccer victory. While the nation was unable to bring home the Women’s World Cup, Team DARwIn took first place in the Humanoid Kid Size competition at the 2011 RoboCup tournament in Istanbul, Turkey. The robots, whose name stands for “Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence,” are a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Tech.

New Safety Fears Emerge After Chinese Rail Crash

July 28, 2011

Vukan Vuchic of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on a Chinese railcrash and safety precautions.

Article Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 22, 2011

Penn: Nanoplasmonic ‘Whispering Gallery’ Breaks Emission Time Record in Semiconductors

PHILADELPHIA — Renaissance architects demonstrated their understanding of geometry and physics when they built whispering galleries into their cathedrals. These circular chambers were designed to amplify and direct sound waves so that, when standing in the right spot, a whisper could be heard from across the room. Now, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have applied the same principle on the nanoscale to drastically reduce emission lifetime, a key property of semiconductors, which can lead to the development of new ultrafast photonic devices.  

Facebook Grieving, a New Death Ritual

July 19, 2011

Kimberly Falconer of the Perelman School of Medicine comments about online grieving.

Article Source: Times of India

How Wifi Is Reinventing Our City

July 15, 2011

Keith Hampton of the Annenberg School for Communication is cited for his research on how people with mobile devices are utilizing urban spaces.

Article Source: Time

Audio: They’ve Lost Their Senses

July 4, 2011

Katherine Kuchenbecker of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses her work with haptic technology and improving the use of sensory receptors in skin.

Age of Splinternet

July 14, 2011

Computer and Information Science’s Jonathan Smith comments on Internet routing algorithms.

Article Source: New Scientist