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New targets for vaccines identified on the surface of the malaria parasite

Dozens of potential new protein targets for malaria vaccines have been identified and characterized on the surface of the transmitted sporozoite stage of the malaria parasite in a new study by a team of researchers at Penn State and other universities. The research also demonstrates, for the first time, that some proteins on the surface of the parasite have sugar additions that could cloak them from the human immune system.  Full story

Discovered: Why warm galaxies stop birth of new stars

Astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, including scientists at Penn State University, are announcing the discovery of a new class of galaxies called "red geysers." These galaxies harbor supermassive black holes with winds that produce a mysterious kind of "galactic warming" that, over the last few billion years, has turned huge numbers of galaxies into deserts devoid of fresh young stars.  Full story

Fortuitous Fire

By removing shade cover and letting more sunshine reach the forest floor, prescribed burns may give rattlesnakes a boost.  Full story

Penn State scientists share in Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Merging black holes ripple space and time in this artist's concept. For the first time, scientists announced in February 2016 that they observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This observation, from a research team that includes Penn State scientists, confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, published in 1916, and opens an unprecedented new window onto the universe.  Full story

Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition

Synthetic proteins based on those found in a variety of squid species' ring teeth may lead the way to self-healing polymers carefully constructed for specific toughness and stretchability that might have applications in textiles, cosmetics and medicine, according to Penn State researchers.  Full story

Penn State In The News: May 2016

In a monthly feature, Penn State’s Office of Strategic Communications will feature national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State’s faculty, students and staff.  Full story

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