Science & Research

Robot are becoming more like humans, raising many ethical, scientific and philosophical questions. The panelists discussed whether the line between humans and robots could ever disappear.

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Roboticists of differing faiths discuss future of artificial intelligence

November 1, 2017 0 comments

As the sophistication of artificial intelligence continues to increase and AI moves further from science fiction, a philosophical question arises.

Margaret Hamilton, one of the women represented in the new Lego set, worked as a programmer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and created software for the Apollo Space program.

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New Lego set celebrates women in NASA

October 31, 2017 0 comments

Today, young girls who dream of becoming astronauts or space scientists will be able to literally hold their futures in the palms of their hands.

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Faculty, students attend SACNAS national conference

October 30, 2017 0 comments

With a focus on demographic disparities in STEM fields, several University faculty members and students spent Oct. 19 to 21.

Anuj Amin, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, created the symposium after finding it difficult to network with his undergraduate research peers. The symposium will host keynote speakers, career fairs and workshops for all attendees. The conference will take place at Penn  Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, bringing together about 200 students.

Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium to meet in November

October 26, 2017 0 comments

The inaugural Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place at Penn Nov. 10 to Nov. 12.

Algorithms can help in redistricting, scientists say

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Algorithms can help in redistricting, scientists say

October 26, 2017 0 comments

Gerrymandering — the redrawing of voting districts for political gain — has been a problem in the United States for over two centuries.

Scientists created a model of ancient Mars that shows the formation of water, which explains some geographical features of the planet.

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Scientists explain water on ancient Mars

October 25, 2017 0 comments

Though scientists have long observed signs of water on ancient Mars, they could not explain how it came to exist in the frigid climate of those times.

Researchers recently found that electron movements on topological insulators are similar to waves in water and air near the equator, like in the El Niño Southern Oscillation in the equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean.

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Physics equations model waves moving along equator

October 25, 2017 0 comments

Professor of Physics Brad Marston contemplated the deflection of waves at the earth’s equator and the ways magnetic fields influence charged particles.

The Environmental Protection Agency cancelled talks by the keynote speaker and two panelists whose work provides evidence for climate change in Narragansett Bay. Many scientists have denounced the EPA’s decision.

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EPA pulls speakers from conference

October 25, 2017 0 comments

The Environmental Protection Agency cancelled talks by three scientists whose work provides evidence for the harmful effects of climate change.

The arrows point to areas in a pre-surgical brain of an epilepsy patient with abnormal brain tissue. These areas were studied by U. researchers and others, who discovered that the lack of the CLOCK gene may worsen seizures.

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Modification of CLOCK gene to offer potential epilepsy treatment

October 19, 2017 0 comments

A study recently revealed that seizures in epileptic patients correlate with the lack of the “CLOCK” gene, which typically regulates circadian rhythm.

George Konidaris, Amanda Jamieson, David Borton, pictured above, and Stefanie Tellex were four of the 24 professors who were awarded the competitive Young Faculty Award from DARPA in 2015. The four have now received another year of funding through the Director’s Fellowship.

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Four professors awarded DARPA Director’s Fellowship

October 19, 2017 0 comments

Four faculty members have been awarded Director’s Fellowships by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA.