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Analyzing the effects of puberty on brain development

A comprehensive review of findings from neuroimaging studies investigating the relation between pubertal and functional brain development in humans.
Penn State researchers detail a method for approximating available gas in untapped areas using well production data taken from more than 5,600 existing wells in the Marcellus Shale region. That could lead to more economical location of natural gas with less disturbance on the region's geology. IMAGE: Penn State

Study unveils cost-efficient method for finding shale gas

Making first-order forecasts of production rates at prospective, undrilled sites using only production data from existing wells in the entire play.
New research shows that particles can move faster when moving from dense crowds toward less crowded areas. IMAGE: ADIMAS/ADOBE STOCK

Examining cell particle movement

Understanding cell particles movement in these environments can help researchers to better understand cellular processes that require multiple molecules to “find” each other in the crowded environment of the cell.
Artist's impression of NASA's Kepler space telescope, which discovered thousands of new planets. New research, using Kepler data, provides the most accurate estimate to date of how often we should expect to find Earth-like planets near sun-like stars. CREDIT NASA/Ames Research Center/W. Stenzel/D. Rutter

How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?

A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to our Sun.
Split-gated transistor for mimicking the neurobiological algorithm that mimics sound localization in barn owls. IMAGE: JENNIFER MCCANN & SARBASHIS DAS, PENN STATE

Barn owls may hold key to navigation and location

Engineers have created an electronic circuit that can slow down the input signals and determine the coincidence point, mimicking the working of the barn owl brain.
A random-forest, machine-learning method for identifying copy number variation from exome-sequencing data. A forest of hundreds of decision trees is trained on a validated set of genetic deletions and duplication, the model built from these trees can then be used to accurately identify copy number variation in sample exome-sequencing data. IMAGE: GIRIRAJAN LABORATORY, PENN STATE

New technique can find deletions and duplications in the human genome

Copy number variants (CNVs) are a noteworthy reason for a few genetic disorders, making their identification an essential segment of genetic analysis pipelines. Current...
Atypical eating behaviors may be a new diagnostic indicator for autism

Atypical eating behaviors may be a new diagnostic indicator for autism

Atypical eating behavior may include severely limited food preferences, hypersensitivity to food texture or temperatures, and pocketing food without swallowing. Such action is a...
Gluconate, a small organic molecule, inhibits neonatal seizures in rodent models and could open up new avenues for the treatment of epilepsy in human newborns. The image illustrates the structure of neonatal hippocampus (green), overlaid with a typical electrophysiological trace of seizure activity, and the molecular structure of gluconate. IMAGE: CHEN LABORATORY, PENN STATE

A new drug that inhibits neonatal seizures

Neonatal seizures or neonatal convulsions are epileptic fits occurring from birth to the end of the neonatal period. The neonatal period is the most...
male office workers spy on female colleagues laptop

Study finds Wi-Fi location affects online privacy behavior

The speed of technology has far outpaced the security of the technology. For example, free public wireless connections have always left users vulnerable to...