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New center to help advance global nuclear power safety

A new center at Penn State is bringing together experts from across the University in an effort to enhance the safety performance of existing nuclear power plants and promote safety design features of future advanced reactors in the United States and around the globe.  Full story

Penn State In The News: June 2016

Penn State appears in the news hundreds of times every day. Monthly, the University’s Office of Strategic Communications features national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State’s faculty, students and staff.  Full story

Record-breaking map of 1.2-million galaxies ready to reveal dark matter secrets

Astronomers are announcing this week the sharpest view yet of the properties of dark energy -- the force that currently is driving the accelerated expansion of the universe. "These results are a milestone in the study of the large-scale structure of the universe," said Penn State professor Donald Schneider, who was the survey coordinator and scientific publications coordinator for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) -- a collaboration of hundreds of scientists whose work produced the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies as well as one of the most precise measurements yet of dark energy.  Full story

New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis

A discovery that could enable scientists to design better ways to use light energy and to engineer crop plants that more efficiently harness the energy of the Sun will be published online by the journal Science on Thursday July 7, 2016. The identification of a gene needed to expand light harvesting in photosynthesis into the far-red-light spectrum provides clues to the evolution of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, an evolutionary advance that changed the history of life on Earth.  Full story

Physics graduate student Kelly Malone receives DOE award

Kelly Malone, a fourth-year graduate student studying particle astrophysics at Penn State, has received the Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research program award. Malone was invited to conduct her research at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where she has access to the expertise, resources and capabilities available from the DOE Office of Science.  Full story