Conventional wisdom suggests that women are better than men at facial recognition and categorizing facial expressions. Penn State psychologists found no evidence for that, despite using both behavioral and neuroimaging tests.
Doug Werner, John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at Penn State, has been awarded nearly $8 million to continue his pioneering work in metamaterials development. The awards come from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the United States Navy and Lockheed Martin.
A new approach to information gathering could allow scientists to quickly identify the most effective way to manage a disease outbreak, an advance that could save lives. Developed by an international team of researchers led by Penn State scientists using insights from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the method pinpoints critical pieces of missing information required to improve management decisions during an outbreak.
As Colombia emerges from 50 years of violence, Penn State scientists are helping poor farmers switch from growing coca, the stuff of cocaine, to growing cacao, the principal ingredient in chocolate. Cacao for Peace, the international partnership they are a part of, seeks to transform Colombia's rural Caribbean coast in a cacao-growing hotspot.
Penn State School of International Affairs student Briana Casey is spending her Maymester in Tanzania, where she and a team of students from across the University are putting an idea to the test they’ve worked on for the past semester.
Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are among a group of researchers examining how the use of high and low tunnels and plastic coverings extend the growing season for strawberries and raspberries, and as a result, increase yields while also reducing pesticide use and improving berry quality and shelf life.
Over 20 percent of older adults suffer from subjective memory impairment, where a person reports having trouble remembering things with no evidence of actual memory loss. Now Penn State researchers are looking into the growing evidence that subjective memory impairment can lead to Alzheimer’s disease in some older adults.
When parasitic worms invade the body, immune cells may rely on a receptor to signal a counterattack. The findings may lead to better drugs to fight infections.
Smart glass, transitional lenses and mood rings are not the only things made of liquid crystals; mucus, slug slime and cell membranes also contain them. Now, a team of researchers is trying to better understand how liquid crystals, combined with bacteria, form living materials and how the two interact to organize and move.
Monthly eye injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) are as effective as the more expensive drug Eylea (aflibercept) for the treatment of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), according to a study chaired by Dr. Ingrid U. Scott of Penn State College of Medicine.
In a commentary in the April issue of Nature Plants, Karl Zimmerer, professor of geography, argues that a comprehensive approach to protecting the human use of biodiversity of agricultural crops is vital to a sustainable food future that addresses global hunger, increasing populations and changing climate.
Researchers at Penn State have been awarded a three-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the impacts that industry-sponsored projects have on students’ design performance, and their engagement with the projects and in cornerstone courses. Researchers will use that information to develop an assessment tool to use in project-based learning settings.
The best way to study the atmospheres of distant worlds with the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in late 2018 will combine two of its infrared instruments, according to a team of astronomers.
Holstein calves recently born at Penn State may help to reintroduce valuable genetic variance thanks to research conducted by Chad Dechow and Wansheng Liu, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
For the first time in modern history, the suicide rate of active-duty service members exceeds that of the civilian population. A recent study conducted by the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State and supported by a grant from the U.S. Navy, examined nondeployment related factors that precede military suicide, and the impact of those suicides on spouses and families.
Penn State researchers have created a new hybrid technology that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast.