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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

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An illustration of seashells with electronic circuits printed on them.

Printing circuits on irregular surfaces with pulses of light

Printable electronics could cause a proliferation of smart, connected devices, from household appliances that can communicate with each other to medical diagnostic sensors that can be placed on the body to forgo invasive procedures. Led by Penn State, an international team of researchers developed a low-cost, low-heat transfer technique that can print biodegradable electronics on a variety of complex geometries and, potentially, human skin.   Full story

Earthly rocks point way to water hidden on Mars

Earthly rocks point way to water hidden on Mars

The combination of a once-debunked 19th-century identification of a water-carrying iron mineral and the fact that these rocks are extremely common on Earth suggests the existence of a substantial water reservoir on Mars, according to a team of geoscientists.  Full story

T3: Turf Threat Tracker is an app-based weather modeling tool designed for turf management experts created by four meteorology professionals

Penn Staters create Turf Threat Tracker weather app to aid golf industry

Four meteorology professionals with ties to Penn State recently launched T3: Turf Threat Tracker, an app-based weather modeling tool designed for turf management experts created. Within the past few months, more than 100 golf courses have signed up for their free trial. Among their clients are about a dozen of the top 100 golf courses in the United States and Canada and four of the top 10.  Full story