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  Penn Researchers Model the Mechanics of Cells' Long-range Communication

An interdisciplinary research team, including department of Materials Science and Engineering professor Vivek Shenoy, at the University of Pennsylvania is showing how cells interact over long distances within fibrous tissue, like that associated with many diseases of the liver, lungs and other organs.
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  Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami

In a new study, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is turning kirigami, a related art form that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied equally to structures on those vastly divergent length scales.
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  Penn Engineers Show Commonalities in How Different Glassy Materials Fail
Researchers at Penn Engineering have now shown an important commonality that seems to extend through the range of glassy materials. They have demonstrated that the scaling between a glassy materialís stiffness and strength remains unchanged, implying a constant critical strain that these materials can withstand before catastrophic failure, despite the extreme variation found among this class of materialís physical properties.
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  Shu Yang Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow
Shu Yang, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Levitation of a Rare Earth Magnet

In the classroom of Daniel Gianola, the Meissner effect is demonstrated with a rare earth magnet above a YBCO high critical temperature superconductor. The superconductor discs were synthesized by undergraduate students as part of the course MSE 250, Nanoscale Materials Laboratory. Watch the video!

Smart Buildings

In the future, buildings may respond to their external environments. Led by Shu Yang, a research team has developed plans for a structure that will respond to its environment in order to optimize comfort, energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal. Learn more!