Thursday, May 25, 2017

Retiring IST professor imparts his final wisdom, funds 'Last Lecture' series

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- John Hill, senior lecturer of information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State, gave his final lecture on Dec. 7 in advance of his upcoming retirement at the end of...

High-speed images capture archer fish’s rocket-like launch

The archer fish is arguably the ninja of the aquatic world, known for its stealth-like, arrow-straight aim while shooting down unsuspecting prey. Once the fish has sighted its target, it can spit jets of...

Making it easier to collaborate on code

Git is an open-source system with a polarizing reputation among programmers. It’s a powerful tool to help developers track changes to code, but many view it as prohibitively difficult to use. To make it more...

IST lecturer offers three tips to protect yourself from cybercrime

According to a study conducted by Norton Security, about 18 cybercrimes occur every second. To help combat this epidemic, Gerry Santoro, a senior lecturer in Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, taught a...

3Q: US patent office’s ruling on CRISPR

Last week, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued an important decision in a dispute over intellectual property rights to the powerful gene-editing system known as CRISPR. Using this system, researchers can make...

MIT Lincoln Laboratory garners six 2016 R&D 100 Awards

On Nov. 3 at the honors banquet of the 2016 R&D 100 Conference, MIT Lincoln Laboratory accepted awards for six technologies developed either solely by laboratory researchers or collaboratively with scientists from partner organizations....

Penn State, Big Data Hub selected for NTIS Joint Venture Partnership

  UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State, through its participation in the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS) to enter into a...

Forging ahead on climate action

Last year, participants in the Paris Agreement on climate change expressed the shared global objective of limiting temperature rise, with each party to the agreement laying out its intended national contributions to addressing climate...

Study tracks “memory” of soil moisture

The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet’s water — less than one-thousandth of a percent. Yet because of its position at the interface...

Battery challenges: cost and performance

As the world becomes ever more dependent on batteries to power modern life, challenges from fire risk in portable devices to grid-level storage for solar and wind farms require increasingly diverse approaches. Researchers from...