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Even in the era of Big Science, some of the greatest discoveries start with someone—Penn physics professor and Nobel contender Charles Kane, for instance—just sitting in a room and thinking.[...]
Four years after a tentative but tantalizing breakthrough against leukemia, Carl June and Bruce Levine C’84 have gone from the fringes of gene therapy to the center of a revolutionary approach to cancer treatment. [...]
Alice Goffman was a Penn undergraduate when she began doing the fieldwork for the project that became On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. It’s an important, unsettling exploration of a serious issue. Just try not to focus on her.[...]
Silfen Forum: Isaacson on The Innovators.[...]
John Maris M’89 co-leads a “Dream Team” fighting childhood cancers.[...]
Bioengineering professor Danielle Bassett wins “genius” grant.[...]
An “entry-level 3D printer” is still pretty impressive.[...]
Funny but true: study says Colbert explained Super PACs best.[...]
Tempered expectations on MOOCs.[...]
Robert Lanza C’78 M’83 has racked up a slew of scientific accolades—and generated an equal amount of controversy—for his pioneering work on cloning and stem cells. [...]
After a century of astonishing advances, essential medicines still remain beyond the reach of an estimated one-third of the world’s population. Penn Dental’s Henry Daniell could be on the cusp of changing that. [...]
Vagelos Scholar Chris Kampmeyer is helping design a safer stent.[...]
Victor Mair on forgetting how to write in Chinese.[...]
CHOP and Penn doctors receive prestigious John Scott Award.[...]
Michael Chazan C’85 has been blazing a trail back in time from Biblical to Lower Paleolithic archaeology. [...]
PIK Professor Adrian Raine is regarded as the world’s leading biological criminologist. He didn’t get there by playing it safe. Plus: “Where to Draw the Lines?” an excerpt from Raine’s new book, The Anatomy of Violence.[...]
Wharton professor Richard Shell’s unorthodox new book on success draws on his own wandering path to an academic career and celebrates the power of uncertainty. [...]
LEGO’s lessons for innovators.[...]
New book aims to “pressure-test” social entrepreneurs’ good intentions.[...]
The dangers and rewards of giving more than you get. An excerpt from Give and Take by Wharton professor Adam Grant. Plus: Interview with the author.[...]