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New gravitational-wave finder scores again

Less than four months after the historic first-ever detection of gravitational waves, scientists on a team that includes Penn State University physicists and astronomers now have detected another gravitational wave washing over the Earth. "I would never have guessed that we would be so fortunate to have, not only one, but two definitive binary black-hole detections within the first few months of observations," said Chad Hanna, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy & astrophysics at Penn State and co-chair of the Compact Binary Coalescence Group of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), which detected both the first gravitational wave and this new one since beginning Advanced Ligo observations last fall.  Full story

Eberly Office for Innovation aids tech transfer partnerships

Across the University, researchers are continually making discoveries and creating inventions that can have real-world impact and societal benefits. Although this intellectual property (IP) and innovation often can result in improving health, developing new materials, and addressing environmental issues, among other important matters, researchers are often unsure of how to actually transfer their technology from the lab bench to industry development and application.  Full story

Science-U summer camps inspire future scientists

What do disease transmission, water conservation, crime scene investigation, LEGO robotics and science leadership all have in common? Science summer camp! From June 19 through Aug. 5, the Eberly College of Science’s summer camp program, Science-U, will host hundreds of campers in its 15 different science, technology, engineering and mathematics camps.  Full story

Researchers to study how microbes become 'fungi in ant's clothing'

The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation recently awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to research teams led by David Hughes, assistant professor of entomology and biology, to study microbes in the genus Ophiocordyceps -- known as "zombie-ant" fungi -- and how they precisely manipulate the behavior of their ant hosts.  Full story