In a photo of a black hole, a possible key to mysteries

So little is known about black holes and the image hints at a path to a higher-resolution image and more and better data.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
April 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology physics astrophysics space astronomy black-hole einstein center-for-astrophysics peter-galison caitlin-mcdermott-murphy quantum-mechanics black-hole-initiative alexander-lupsasca andrew-strominger michael-johnson space-time theory-of-relativity

New class of enzymes could lead to bespoke diets, therapeutics

Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  chemistry  diet  cancer  bacteria  parkinsons-disease  basic-research  emily-balskus  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  science  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  microbiome  vayu-maini-rekdal  microbes  berries  bespoke-diets  chocolate  coffee  dopamine  enzymes  gut  l-dopa  microbiology  nutrition  nuts

How CRISPR technology is advancing

Fewer off-target edits and greater targeting scope bring gene editing technology closer to treating human diseases.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  dna  chemistry  crispr  genome  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  rna  gene-editing  broad-institute  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  cas9  base-editing  base-editors  biotechnology-nature  david-liu  genetic-disease  genetic-engineering  sickle-cell-anemia

New evidence that shows how the brain makes decisions

New technology helps dissect how the brain ignores or acts on information

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  chemistry  neuroscience  attention  electricity  basic-research  neurons  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  science  adam-cohen  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  engineering-technology  optogenetics  sensory-overload

How a grad student choreographs life in science and art

Ph.D. student Frederick Moss brings together the incongruous worlds of science and art.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Jan. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  chemistry  teaching  music  fas  graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences  art  dance  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  learning  frederick-moss  profile

Study likens Earth’s evolution to creation of Frankenstein’s monster

The evolution of the first building blocks on Earth may have been messier than previously thought, likening it to the mishmash creation of Frankenstein’s monster.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Jan. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  dna  chemistry  genetics  basic-research  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  jack-szostak  origins-of-life  rna  science  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  primordial-soup  prebiotic  seohyun-kim

Ultracold environment offers a first look at a chemical reaction

Harvard researchers have performed the coldest reaction in the known universe by capturing a chemical reaction in its most critical and elusive act.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Dec. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  chemistry  quantum-computing  science  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  quantum-mechanics  lasers  kang-kuen-ni  molecules  chemical-reaction  ming-guang-hu  potassium-rubidium  quantum-control  ultracold

New drug-detecting tool could help save lives

The landscape of the illegal drug trade changes constantly, particularly amid the current opioid crisis. Law-enforcement officers regularly find or confiscate pills, powders, and other substances and need to know their composition as quickly as possible to determine legal charges and sometimes to issue lifesaving warnings. Carfentanil is a case in point. This cousin to […]

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Nov. 13, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  chemistry  basic-research  fas  george-whitesides  health-medicine  fentanyl  opioid-epidemic  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  engineering-technology  cambridge  carfentanil  christoffer-abrahamsson  dea  drug-analysis  drug-enforcement-administration  forensic-science  law-enforcement

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