Behind the Screens at Penn State

The networks on which the sprawling campuses run 
are mostly unseen and unappreciated

Will Yurman for the chronicle

Penn State’s 200 dairy cows wear transponders 
(on the orange strips around their ankles) that 
record each animal’s milk production.
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