Feeling confused over crypto? Here’s what you need to know

By Caryn Anderson Verakari makes Bitcoin mining easy. Credit: Verakari There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding cryptocurrency within the past year or so. In 2021, social media mentions of crypto increased by 400%, even though a poll conducted in 2021 by Pew Research Center suggested that only 16% of Americans had actually invested in […]


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March 1, 2022
MP Machinery emerges as technological world leader and problem solver

Founded in 2009 in State College to provide testing and consulting services to the power industry, MP Machinery and Testing, LLC (MPM) has grown into a high-technology company that offers a wide range of experimental, analytical and consulting services to various industries. MPM offers materials testing products, test machines and analytical services to industry and […]

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February 28, 2022
From the lab bench to the bedside: reducing the side effects of chemotherapy

Chemotherapy has saved millions of lives across the United States — but many cancer survivors experience painful and debilitating side effects from the treatment. And, even with the advances in drug-free cancer treatment methods, chemotherapy remains the standard. However, a group of Penn State researchers has developed a new class of nanomaterials engineered to capture […]

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February 22, 2022
Turning hard problems into easy ones

A new software tool can accelerate materials science research by cutting out tedious background research on material properties. Developed by Penn State and Sandia National Laboratories researchers, propSym is an open-source software on the programming platform MATLAB that calculates the fundamental constants needed to describe the physical properties of solids, such as metals, ceramics or […]

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February 15, 2022
Creating a sustainable future through 2D technology

  Sustainability and energy efficiency are critical issues in today’s world. Penn State associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, Saptarshi Das, is working toward solutions using unique algorithms and 2D technology. Das began his professional career at Argonne National Laboratory in the suburbs of Chicago after earning his PhD from Purdue University. He remained […]

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February 15, 2022
Not just a number: Navengage helps every student find their voice

In 2021, total enrollment in Penn State University was more than 88,000. Imagine being one voice in that large crowd and trying to find your way. At institutions large and small, it’s all too easy for students to feel as though they’re just another number, despite the college or university’s best efforts. But what if […]

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January 25, 2022
Penn State Professor James Adair’s True Calling

HappyValley Industry recently sat down with James Adair, professor of materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacology. Named Invent Penn State’s “Inventor of the Year” in 2018, Adair is part of a team working on an innovative cancer treatment that could be a real game-changer.  Adair, who grew up in Jupiter, Florida, during the […]

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