Harvard researchers engineer proteins

Researchers prove they can engineer proteins to find new targets with high selectivity, a critical advance toward potential new treatments to help neuroregeneration, cytokine storm.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
yesterday ~7 min

Chemists boost boron’s utility

A strategy for preventing boron-containing compounds from breaking down could help medicinal chemists design new drugs.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 2, 2021 ~5 min

Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material

Reducing internal losses could pave the way to low-cost perovskite-based photovoltaics that match silicon cells’ output.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~9 min

Ozone layer 'rescued' from CFC damage

A steady decline in the levels of ozone-harming CFCs in the atmosphere has resumed, scientists say.

Feb. 10, 2021 ~3 min

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

The element was discovered in the fallout of a thermonuclear blast.

Robert A Jackson, Reader, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Keele University • conversation
Feb. 3, 2021 ~7 min

An invention that can speed up the race to stop TB

Junior Fellow Mireille Kamariza is an award-winning scientist and entrepreneur, who was recognized for inventing a portable, low-cost diagnostic tool to detect tuberculosis.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Jan. 29, 2021 ~10 min

Progeria study finds base-editing therapy lengthens lifespan in mice

Several hundred children worldwide live with progeria, a deadly premature aging disease.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Jan. 27, 2021 ~9 min

Scientists discover slimy microbes that may help keep coral reefs healthy

The bacteria scrub out nitrogen, potentially defending against certain nutrient overloads.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 8, 2021 ~7 min

RNA molecules are masters of their own destiny

Research suggests the products of transcription — RNA molecules — regulate their own production through a feedback loop.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
Jan. 5, 2021 ~8 min

Wildfire smoke changes dramatically as it ages, and that matters for downwind air quality – here's what we learned flying through smoke plumes

Thousands of chemical compounds in wildfire smoke are interacting with each other and sunlight as the smoke travels. For people downwind, it can become more toxic over time.

Brett B. Palm, Postdoctoral Researcher in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Washington • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min