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  • A person looking at a brain image on a monitor while someone else is helped into an MRI in the background.

    New Parts of the Brain Become Active After Students Learn Physics - Study

    May 24, 2018

    A new study out of Drexel University showed that, when confronted with physics problems, new parts of a student's brain are utilized after receiving instruction in the topic.

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  • Roger Thomas and Danielle Kreeger, PhD transplanting mussels

    Partnering for Mussel Restoration

    May 17, 2018

    Freshwater mussels and shad were once plentiful in the Delaware Estuary and its tributaries, providing a range of natural benefits to people and waterways. Today they face an uncertain future in local streams and rivers, creating a serious disadvantage when it comes to ecological health.

    Now, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences of Drexel University, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Philadelphia Water Department and Department of Parks and Recreation, Bartram’s Garden, and the Independence Seaport Museum have come together to develop the Aquatic Research and Restoration Center to coordinate large-scale restoration efforts that do not currently exist in the Philadelphia region.

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  • A fruit fly standing on a plant's leaf.

    Restoring Epigenetic Balance Reinstates Memory in Flies With Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms

    May 14, 2018

    A study from Drexel University showed that restoring a balance between two epigenetic regulator enzymes restored learning and memory function in flies that displayed symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

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  • Drexel Student Jackie Garcia

    Forensic Entomology

    May 08, 2018

    Drexel University environmental science graduate Jackie Garcia had the opportunity to pursue an independent study during her senior year. She chose Academy scientist and Drexel professor Jon Gelhaus as her mentor. Together, the two set out to explore the complex field of forensic entomology. We talked with Garcia about learning a new field during an independent study, sharing her work with the public at Bug Fest and inspiring one high school student to pursue her own work in the field.

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  • A drawing of the Hyneria Lindae

    25 Years of Fossil Collecting Yields Clearest Picture Yet of Extinct 12-Foot Aquatic Predator

    May 07, 2018

    More than two decades of exploration at a Pennsylvania fossil site have given Academy of Natural Sciences paleontologists their best idea of how a giant, prehistoric predator would have looked and behaved.

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