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road melting

Wax On, Melt Off — Researchers Find Adding Paraffin to Concrete Can Help Roads Clear Themselves in The Winter

Drexel University researchers have made a discovery that could help roads keep themselves free of ice and snow during winter storms. Their secret? — Adding a little paraffin wax to the road’s concrete mix.

B-cell Atlas

Charting Defender Cells in the Body

Researchers in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems have helped to create the first “anatomic atlas” of B-cell clone lineages, their properties and tissue connections.
Drexel researcher Helen Murray

A PhD Student’s Quest to Better Treat Food-Related Disorders

Helen Murray, a third-year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, is determined to improve the detection and treatment of eating, feeding and gastrointestinal disorders, and she’s using her research at Drexel to make it happen.
The Drexel STAR Summer Showcase

In Summer Showcase, Drexel Research STARs Set to Shine

Since 2007, the STAR Scholars Program has held a showcase to highlight the research Drexel students do over the summer. This year’s edition on Aug. 31 will include several Dragons who went off-campus — some as far as India — to learn more after their freshman year.
lithium dendrites

Recipe for Safer Batteries — Just Add Diamonds

While lithium-ion batteries, widely used in mobile devices from cell phones to laptops, have one of the longest lifespans of commercial batteries today, they also have been behind a number of recent meltdowns and fires due to short-circuiting in mobile devices. In hopes of preventing more of these hazardous malfunctions researchers at Drexel University have developed a recipe that can turn electrolyte solution — a key component of most batteries — into a safeguard against the chemical process that leads to battery-related disasters. 
Water during a rain

Cloudy Water Linked to Gastrointestinal Illnesses

A review of studies from both North America and Europe found links between acute gastrointestinal illness, which typically includes diarrhea and vomiting, and cloudy drinking water.
Dragon Heart

Giving Children a New Heart

The Hartwell Foundation has awarded a 2016 Individual Biomedical Research Award to Amy Throckmorton, PhD.
Trachydoras Gepharti in the hand of its namesake, George W. Gephart Jr.

A Parting Gift: New Catfish Named for Academy of Natural Sciences' Retiring President

George W. Gephart Jr. will retire with a new, tiny catfish from South America named after him, capping nearly two decades of identification work by one Academy of Natural Sciences scientist.
Lychnothamnus barbatus in the wild

Dinosaur-Era Plant Found Alive in North America for First Time

A large species of green algae was discovered alive in North America for the first time ever, with the only previous record being fossils dating back to the time of the dinosaurs.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins runs around the team's training facility with a group of Young Dragons.

Young Dragons Take Flight With an Eagle at 'STEAM' Camp

On the final day of the two-week, STEAM-focused section of a Drexel-run summer camp, a group of Young Dragons took to the Philadelphia Eagles’ weight room and practice fields to learn what goes into making their favorite team soar.
editing

Editors Without Borders Work Across Disciplines at Drexel

Graduate students in the Department of Communication reached across disciplinary borders to help graduate students in Drexel’s science and engineering programs.
Malaria Parasite

Study Finds Malaria Parasite is a Fine-Tuned Machine

Scientists discovered two thirds of the parasite's genome are essential for survival, identifying many potential new drug targets to investigate.