Since the era of recorded history, thinkers as early as Aristotle have philosophized on the nature of heredity. Hippocrates believed that hereditary material was collected throughout the body and then passed to offspring, not unlike Darwin’s speculation thousands of years later. On Saturday, NHGRI and Eric Green presented on the continuing research conducted in pursuit of genetics-based care.
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I have always had this perception that Gattaca is right around the corner. By the time my generation has children, it should be as easy as going to see a doctor and saying, “Well, you know, Doc, I have had bum knees my whole life. Can you give my boy the right genes so that his knees stay good?”
The Willard Preacher continues to deliver his daily sermon in the coldest weather of the year.
Onward State reviews the Eberly College of Science’s 2013 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. This year’s theme is “Your Genes: How They Contribute to Who You Are”. The first speech, by Professor Mark Shriver, was titled “Races, Faces, and Human Genetic Diversity”.
While not exactly breaking news, many Penn State students remain unaware of the ongoing effort that is the Newspaper Readership Program. You may not know that there are digital versions of newspapers available to you subscription-free. Most notably, The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education have programs which allow you access to an unlimited number of articles once you sign up for a free account using your psu.edu email address.
Onward State takes you into the mind of Dr. Abhay Ashtekar, theoretical physicist and Director of the Institute for Gravitational Physics and Geometry at Penn State. Topics range from research, to the publishing process, to what makes a scientist.
Call of Duty fans in State College will be pleased to hear that their local video game retailer will be hosting a release party, beginning tonight and lasting through midnight, in order to celebrate the newest installment to the Activision franchise.
When Americans get sick, we drive to the nearest health clinic to visit a doctor. In rural South Africa, it is often times more practical for the care to come to the patient. Penn State engineering students work in South Africa to bring improvements to these mobile medical clinics.
The Penn State Pokémon Society puts the crown on the line this fall when they hope to repeat as Champions of the Intercollegiate Pokémon League. Led by founder/commissioner Alex Valente, the league features competition among six different schools, and is constantly in contact with other schools for expansion.
Penn State scientists helped construct the largest 3-D map of the universe, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which is responsible for the imaging of over 200-million galaxies. Using BOSS technology (Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey), Data Release 9 — the most recent release — has shown the positions of 800,000 new galaxies, quasars, and stars, bringing the total to over 1.35 million.
Penn State graduate The ‘U’ released a mixtape titled #NoDaysOff last week. I listened to this mixtape in full as a long time hip- hop head. Before you dismiss me as some hipster (I am), know that I can elaborate in great detail on the different styles of Big Pun, Big L, and Biggie Smalls. Now that credibility is out of the way, on to the actual music.
The day after Dayglow’s first concert in State College, I saw a girl in class the next morning who still had the neon paint on her shoes. I asked her how she liked the event. “It was fun,” she replied, “if you wanted to get raped.” She was a little too serious, but we both laughed. The comment got me thinking about something that I’ve noticed before. Find out what it is after the jump.
The world is full of patterns. As engineering students, we are expected to be able to see these patterns and investigate accordingly. But maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to break our own daily patterns once in a while and learn something interesting (that we won’t be tested on) while we’re at it.
Dr. Subra Suresh, with the support of three renowned Penn State researchers, headlined the Nelson W. Taylor Lecture in Materials yesterday. This year’s theme was Materials Frontiers, where it was clear that the future of research lies in the ongoing collaboration between scientists of different specializations.
Science Editor of BoingBoing.net Maggie Koerth-Baker spoke to Penn State scientists this week to encourage them to make their findings and articles interesting and readable to the general public while not delving too far into the new realm of “pseudo-science”.