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  • Actors, informally dressed, stand on a darkened stage in spotlights. Some use cell phones. In the foreground are people in front of blue computer screens, running the performance. A grey box with the words "Penn State Lives Here" sits in the lower left corner.

    Theatre of Change

    The all-student cast of "Blood at the Root" aren't afraid to talk about the play's emotionally charged themes, and they're taking the conversation international.

  • A group of happy Penn State students gather in conversation in a bright studio classroom.

    Thanks for Believing in our Future

    "For the Future," a historic, University-wide fundraising effort for Penn State students, exceeds its goal, raising $2.158 billion in private support.

  • Three cheerleaders cheer for the Penn State football team on the sideline of Beaver Stadium.

    Blue-White Weekend 2014

    Spring has sprung in Beaver Stadium. The Blue-White contest is a game, a party, a reunion, and a thank-you to the NIttany Lion faithful.

  • A female student stands in front of a red and white table display of #ISTstarup materials. She's talking to another woman, who's back is to the camera. A blue box with white text reading "Penn State Lives Here" is in the lower left corner.

    Business Dreams; Start-up Reality

    On April 7, trailblazing entrepreneurs and innovators will converge on the University Park campus for IST Start-up Week, where they'll share strategies for success with Penn State students.

  • Two Penn State students in a workshop. The woman in the foreground is guiding a piece of metal through a saw as a man looks on. In the lower left is a dark gray box with white text reading "Penn State Lives Here."

    Lunar Lion: Blast-Off 2015

    VIDEO: Penn State faculty and students are making history as the only university-led team in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, a race to put the first spacecraft on the moon in 35 years.

Planet orbiting a star

First Earth-size planet discovered in another star's 'habitable zone'


A team of astronomers that includes Penn State scientists has discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone," the distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery was made with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. The discovery of this Earth-size planet, now named Kepler-186f, confirms -- for the first time -- that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our Sun.