Researchers investigate a plague of locusts in East Africa

Researcher looks to sequence the pest’s genome as part of push to find a safer alternative to dangerous pesticides

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 30, 2020 ~14 min

Tags: science-technology kenya locusts dino-martins east-africa locust-plague locusts-plague swarms

Air conditioning may be factor in COVID-19 spread in the South

Harvard researchers, drawing on insights from tuberculosis research, say air conditioners may be a factor in COVID-19’s spread down South, and relatively inexpensive germicidal ultraviolet lights a weapon.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school alvin-powell tb tuberculosis massachusetts-consortium-on-pathogen-readiness air-conditioning ultraviolet-light airborne-transmission edward-nardell

Expeditions app puts Arnold Arboretum in the palm of your hand

The Arnold Arboretum’s new Expeditions Mobile App gives visitors an interactive experience with audio, text, and imagery — all in the palms of their hands.

Deborah Blackwell • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology app deborah-blackwell arnold-arboretum expeditions expeditions-mobile-app hunnewell-visitor-center

New nanofiber protects against extreme temperatures, projectiles

Harvard University researchers, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center and West Point, have developed a lightweight, multifunctional nanofiber material that can protect wearers from both extreme temperatures and ballistic threats.

Leah Burrows • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences seas astronaut kit-parker fire explosives disease-biophysics-group firefighter grant-m-gonzalez multifunctional-nanofiber protection soldier tarr-family-professor-of-bioengineering-and-applied-physics us-army-combat-capabilities-development-command-soldier-center

Data shows Americans moving around at near pre-pandemic rates

Cellphone mobility data shows that most Americans have put the coronavirus lockdown in the rearview mirror and are moving about at nearly the same rate as they were before the pandemic began, according to a Harvard epidemiologist who studies such data.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 pandemic alvin-powell harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health social-distancing reopening caroline-buckee mobility-data

DARPA taps Wyss technology to ID drugs for COVID-19 treatment

With a $16 million agreement from DARPA, Harvard’s Wyss Institute will use its technology to identify and test already FDA-approved drugs that may prevent or treat COVID-19 infection.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
June 16, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 organ-chip darpa us-defense-advanced-research-projects-agency

Neurons that control hibernation-like behavior are discovered

Neuroscientists have discovered neurons that control hibernation-like behavior in mice, a finding that could translate into applications in humans, such as preventing brain injury during a stroke.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
June 11, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: science-technology brain-injury basic-research blavatnik-institute-at-hms hibernation fostrap torpor

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