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Can Social Media Data Be Used to Predict Threats or Identify Fake News?

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Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, has received funding from the U.S. Air Force to investigate whether crowd-sourced data from social media can be used to not only detect threats, but also prevent catastrophic events from happening in the future.

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Penn State Aerospace Engineer Receives AFOSR Funding to Investigate Overtrust with Autonomous Vehicles

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Overtrust frequently occurs with autonomous vehicles and robots—and it can have serious physical, and even fatal, consequences for humans in both the military and society, but Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, is investigating the factors that cause overtrust, and developing techniques that will allow autonomous systems to recognize it and prevent it, thanks to funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

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Penn State Aerospace Engineers Developing Drone for NASA Concept Mission to Saturn's Largest Moon, Titan

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Researchers from the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering are part of a team led by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) whose proposal for a revolutionary rotorcraft to investigate Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has been selected by NASA as one of two finalists for the agency’s next New Frontiers mission.

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New Desalination Method Offers Low Energy Alternative to Purify Salty Water

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Providing safer drinking water to those in need may be a little easier. According to Penn State researchers, a new desalination technique is able to remove salt from water using less energy than previous methods.

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Penn State CNEU and Its NPDP Offering Free Live Stream Nanotechnology Workshops for Educators

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To help fill the need for six million workers trained in nanotechnology and nanofabrication, Penn State's Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization and its Nanotechnology Professional Development Partnership are offering free live stream nanotechnology workshops for educators.

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Larson Transportation Institute to Host 23rd Annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference

Transportation professionals from around the state, mid-Atlantic region and country will gather for the 23rd annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC). Held December 6-8, at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center and hosted by the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, TESC brings together experts in industry and academia to discuss some of the most important issues in transportation.

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Conquering Traffic Congestion with Mathematics

The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $446,000 for a new collaborative engineering project that will allow drivers to make more informed travel decisions and allow government organizations to better regulate travel within heavily congested major metropolitan areas.

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Researchers Expect New Fish Passage Will Help Restore Migratory Fish Populations

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The addition of a nature-like fish passage to a Susquehanna River dam in Pennsylvania should allow migrating fish to more easily reach spawning grounds, according to Penn State researchers.

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Penn State Team Wins $7M Award to Enlist Insects as Allies for Food Security

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A Penn State-led research team is hoping to enlist insects as allies in an effort to make crops more tolerant of environmental stressors, after the crops are already growing in the greenhouse or field.

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Can Computers Be Creative?

Penn State researchers are using DARPA funding to teach computers how to generate original design ideas and then determine if those ideas are feasible in the real world.







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