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Capsaicin, an extract from chili peppers like these, is considered an irritant, due to the warming and burning sensations it causes. Widespread consumption of chili peppers and foods such as wings spiced with siracha and hot sauce show that many people enjoy this burn. But these sensations also can be overwhelming.   Image: © Getty Images / fcfotodigital
Milk: Best drink to reduce burn from chili peppers
June 25, 2019
People who order their Buffalo wings especially spicy and sometimes find them to be too "hot," should choose milk to reduce the burn, according to Penn State researchers, who also suggest it does not matter if it is whole or skim.
Lauren McPhillips, assistant professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Agricultural and Biological Engineering, collects a water sample from a roof drain on the University Park campus following several days of heavy rain. Wu Hong, far right, assistant professor of landscape architecture, is leading the green stormwater infrastructure research team. Also pictured: Jeffery D. Zaengle, a third-year undergraduate student in civil engineering, and Rui Wang, a first-year doctoral student in landscape architecture.   Image: Pamela Krewson Wertz
Strategic plan seed grant supports green stormwater infrastructure research
June 24, 2019
A proposal that will support the development of a living laboratory for green stormwater infrastructure research, education and innovation at Penn State is among the latest initiatives to receive funding through the University’s Strategic Plan Seed Grant program.
One of the most effective traps for capturing spotted lanternfly nymphs and adults is a sticky band wrapped around the trunk of a tree.    Image: Don Seifrit
Spotted lanternfly expert at Penn State offers advice on using tree bands
June 19, 2019
According to Heather Leach, spotted lanternfly extension associate in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, one of the most effective traps for catching spotted lanternflies is a sticky band wrapped around the trunks of trees. Nymphs and adults are trapped on the sticky barrier as they crawl up the trunks to feed on newer growth higher in the tree.
Cows in the study at the Penn State dairy barns, to eat a sweet treat, put their heads in devices that measure methane they belch. The average dairy cow burps about 380 pounds of methane a year. Early studies show that supplementing their feed with seaweed could mitigate 80 percent of the potent greenhouse gas.   Image: Hristov Research Group/Penn State
Seaweed feed additive cuts livestock methane but poses questions
June 17, 2019
Supplementing cattle feed with seaweed could result in a significant reduction in methane belched by livestock, according to Penn State researchers, but they caution that the practice may not be a realistic strategy to battle climate change.
Despite Pennsylvania's strong overall employment picture, manufacturing -- one of the state's top-three employment sectors -- lost 80,000 jobs between 2008 and 2018.   Image: MichaelGaida via Pixabay
Report: Pa. employment strong, but job growth leaves regions, industries behind
June 13, 2019
With the U.S. economy on track for potentially the longest expansion on record after the Great Recession of 2008-09, employment in Pennsylvania overall is strong. But the rosy statewide job numbers can mask persistent decline in various industries and regions across the state, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.