Frontiers - Nature

  • June 2013

    Space Junk

    Lisa Ruth Rand explores the ecosystem of deep space.

    “Used a satellite today?” It’s a question doctoral student Lisa Ruth Rand in the department of History and Sociology of Science often asks—and the answer might surprise you. Given the growing use of smartphones and tools like GPS by ordinary consumers, more and more Americans are dependent upon space technology.

  • May 2013

    High Speed Chemistry

    Penn Chemistry breaks new ground with High Throughput Experimentation lab expansion.

    From what is affectionately referred to as “the pit”—the basement level of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Laboratories—top Penn chemistry professors and administrators, alongside their Merck and Co., Inc.

  • May 2013

    Video: A Missed Metaphor

    Senior Geena Ianni finds an overlooked language deficit in some brain injury survivors.

    Imagine that your friend told you his heart had been broken, and you thought he needed a cardiologist.

  • April 2013

    After the Higgs

    Physics graduate students look forward to careers in a slightly different world.

    On March 14, scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN presented new preliminary data that let them state with confidence that they had discovered a subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson.

  • April 2013

    Restless Pioneer

    Robin M. Hochstrasser, Donner Professor of Physical Sciences, leaves behind a trail of breakthroughs.

    Some scientists are content to spend their careers doing good, solid work, not breaking much new ground but building upon the foundations laid by others, making small and quiet contributions where they can.

  • March 2013

    Probing Into Proteins

    Dean's Scholars Jacob Goldberg and Colin Fadzen develop new views into life's workings.

    Life isn’t static. It's a dynamic phenomenon of almost constant movement and change even at the smallest level, where complex protein molecules fold into different three-dimensional shapes and bind with each other in myriad ways.

  • January 2013

    The Brain from All Sides

    Graduate students John Briguglio and Xuexin Wei take different approaches to understanding our senses

    How do we see? How do we think? How do we feel? Our brains are pieces of equipment, and like any other equipment, they must work mechanically.

  • January 2013

    Physics Under the Sea

    Physics Assistant Professor Alison Sweeney finds light at the bottom of the ocean

    In a world searching for efficient, inexpensive energy sources, Alison Sweeney’s research suggests that we examine the giant clam.

  • December 2012

    Video: Navigating the Mind

    College junior Kaiwen Zhu investigates the intricacies of schizophrenia.

    Patients with schizophrenia often display both social and cognitive deficits, along with hypersensitivity to otherwise non-harmful stimuli. Pinpointing the exact causes of these symptoms, however, is another matter entirely. But Kaiwen Zhu, C’14, has made it her mission to better understand the intricacies of the disease.

  • October 2012

    A Pathway to Better Sleep?

    Emily Davis, an undergraduate in the Biological Basis of Behavior Program, investigates sleep deprivation and its effects on memory.

    What with our smart phones and high-speed internet and social media and overstuffed work and school schedules, our hectic 21st century civilization never slows down.