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August

  • Mouse brain showing astrocytes

    One Cell, Many Roles

    August 29, 2016

    Specialized cells called astrocytes were once thought to be bit players in the central nervous system, but closer inspection suggests they have complex roles.

     

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  • Deccan Traps

    What really killed them?

    August 29, 2016

    A new theory suggests that the dinosaurs' fate was sealed by not just one, but two separate disasters around 66 million years ago.

     

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  • Credibility On Camera

    August 26, 2016

    A Drexel professor will evaluate a new body camera initiative launched by Philadelphia’s transit agency meant to reduce crime and improve officer-citizen relationships.

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  • Law of the Jungle - Image by Exel magazine

    Law of the Jungle, Ignored

    August 23, 2016

    On Equatorial Guinea’s island of Bioko, rising prosperity and lax conservation enforcement have devastated the population of primates and other animals prized by consumers as “bushmeat” delicacies. Thirteen years of data collected by a team of researchers on the island of Bioko show how ineffective the country’s lax environmental conservation laws were in stemming the growth of illegal hunting.

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  • Hubble Space Telescope - Black Hole

    Shining a Light on Black Holes

    August 22, 2016

    Astrophysicist Gordon Richards has discovered more black holes than anyone else in the universe. With assistance from a powerful new telescope being built in Chile, he plans to beat his own record.

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  • Illegal Logging in Ghana

    Vanishing

    August 22, 2016

    In Ghana, over half of all forest understory birds have vanished in just 15 years as unchecked illegal logging, economic stress and demand for African timber take their toll on the nation’s rainforests.

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  • Second Chances Illustration by Brian Stauffer

    Second Chances for First Time Offenders

    August 22, 2016

    Strict “zero tolerance” policies have led to a disturbing number of in-school arrests — about 1,600 in the School District of Philadelphia annually. Once in the justice system, youths’ life chances are diminished considerably. Psychology Professor Naomi Goldstein is working with community partners to divert students from the damaging “school-to-prison pipeline,” improving outcomes for youth and making Philadelphia a national leader in the process.

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  • Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders.

    Q&A With Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders

    August 11, 2016

    University research typically is a fairly insular endeavor, played out at the department level with little cross-pollination among the various disciplines. Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders is trying to widen that view. He has been advocating a university-wide approach to research, looking for those areas where Drexel can support and encourage investigations that cut across departments and disciplines.

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