Exoplanet spiraling toward its doom as it orbits aging star

For the first time, astronomers have spotted an exoplanet whose orbit is decaying around an evolved, or older, host star.

Adam Hadhazy • harvard
Dec. 19, 2022 ~6 min

Send cash, not goods, and other suggestions for giving

There is no shortage of global suffering and need, says the director of Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, but you can still help.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 19, 2022 ~8 min

New study shows impact pollinators have on human health

New Harvard study finds pollination loss removes healthy foods from global diets, increases chronic diseases causing an estimated 427,000 excess deaths annually.

Todd Datz • harvard
Dec. 14, 2022 ~4 min

Why nuclear fusion is so exciting

Harvard scientist Adam Cohen breaks down breakthrough that might prove major turning point in clean energy efforts — but not any time soon.

Clea Simon • harvard
Dec. 13, 2022 ~7 min

Eating more during the holidays? Don’t mistake Oreo calories for olive calories.

As America grows fatter, scientists continue to debate the causes of the obesity crisis, while the founder of Children’s Hospital’s weight clinic says the predominant “cut calories” approach may have the problem backward.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 9, 2022 ~10 min

N.Y. plan to involuntarily treat mentally ill homeless? Not entirely outrageous

Katherine Koh, a street psychiatrist at Mass. General Hospital, explains the complicating factors behind New York City’s proposal to involuntarily treat mentally ill homeless people.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
Dec. 8, 2022 ~12 min

Looking to retain most potent regenerative stem cells

Humans lose them after embryonic development, unlike some animals. New Harvard research offers potential insights into why.

Alice McCarthy • harvard
Dec. 8, 2022 ~4 min

Severe COVID-19 linked with brain aging, says study

Researchers have linked the molecular signatures underlying brain aging with the cognitive decline observed in patients with severe COVID-19.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Dec. 6, 2022 ~4 min

Excerpt from ‘Minding the Climate’ by Ann-Christine Duhaime

You believe in climate change but drive a gas-guzzler, don’t recycle. Why? Neuroscientist explores in new book.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Dec. 6, 2022 ~18 min

‘Croco-salamander’ bones offer clues to how early animals emerged from water

A study overturns the long-held belief that ancient species grew at slow, steady pace, and offers insights into human maturation.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Dec. 5, 2022 ~7 min