Strong government response needed in COVID battle

The international forum “Global Perspectives on COVID-19,” co-sponsored by Harvard Medical School, cited the importance of strong, coordinated government response as a key to stopping the novel coronavirus’ spread.

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 harvard-medical-school clea-simon health-medicine paul-farmer massachusetts-consortium-on-pathogen-readiness global-perspectives-on-covid-19 centre-for-the-aids-programme-of-research-in-south-africa fabio-ciceri george-q-daly guangzhou-medical-university mark-elliott megan-murray professor-of-respiratory-medicine salim-abdool-karim san-raffaele-scientific-institute zhong-nanshan

Sleep problems becoming risk factor as pandemic continues

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hosted an online forum on “Coronavirus, social distancing, and acute insomnia: How to avoid chronic sleep problems before they get started.”

Clea Simon • harvard
April 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 clea-simon health-medicine harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health sleep donn-posner insomnia sleepwell-associates stanford-university-school-of-medicine

Chan School hosts online meetings to discuss updates

The Harvard Chan School of Public Health will launch a series of weekly interactive forums to discuss issues and options.

Clea Simon • harvard
March 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  children  mental-health  coronavirus  depression  clea-simon  health-medicine  archana-basu  post-traumatic-stress-disorder  isolation  karestan-koenen  therapy

Why an undergrad flooded government websites with bot comments

Though no expert coder, Max Weiss ’20, a government concentrator uses bots to show an agency its website vulnerability.

Clea Simon • harvard
Feb. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  public-policy  basic-research  fas  clea-simon  bots  department-of-government  iqss  latanya-sweeney  max-weiss  technology-science

Discovery of object with multiple stars offers an opportunity for insight into our own planet

Planets that are even a little like Earth are hard to find. That’s why when astronomers like Jennifer G. Winters come across a body that may be solid, rocky, and possibly have its own atmosphere, they get excited. And especially so in a case like this: For although it is statistically unlikely to host life

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 23, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  planets  fas  science  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  clea-simon  dwarf-planets  jennifer-winters

Study finds gut microbes adapt quickly to changes in food preparation

Scientists have recently discovered that different diets — say, high-fat versus low-fat, or plant-based versus animal-based — can rapidly and reproducibly alter the composition and activity of the gut microbiome, where differences in the composition and activity can affect everything from metabolism to immunity to behavior.

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 2, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  fas  clea-simon  health-medicine  human-evolutionary-biology  vayu-maini-rekdal  cooking  gut-microbiome  katia-chadaideh-corinne-f-maurice  kylynda-bauer  nature-microbiology  peter-turnbaugh  rachel-carmody

Theory that ridged skin helps dolphins debunked

New study debunks long-held theory that dolphins had ridged skin, which helped them swim faster.

Clea Simon • harvard
July 18, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  fas  clea-simon  oeb  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  dolphin-skin  george-lauder  marine-mammal  royal-society-biology-letters-journal

Harvard’s Extavour debunks old hypotheses on insect eggs

Biology Professor Cassandra G. Extavour debunks old hypotheses about form and function on insect eggs using new big-data tool

Clea Simon • harvard
July 3, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  evolution  fas  nature  ecology  clea-simon  health-medicine  museum-of-comparative-zoology  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  bruno-as-de-medieros  cassandra-extavour  egg-shape  molecular-and-cellular-biology  samuel-church  seth-donoughe

New NASA program studies sea and sky to better understand ocean worlds in space

A new NASA-funded program will study water worlds and environments to understand the limits of life as part of the search for life on other planets.

Clea Simon • harvard
July 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  water  fas  clea-simon  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  christopher-german  donna-blackman  exploring-ocean-worlds  network-for-ocean-worlds  peter-girguis  tori-hoebler  volcanoes  woods-hole-oceanographic-institution

Harvard researcher connects the dots in fin-to-limb evolution

With an innovative technique called anatomical network analysis, clear patterns emerge that help solve the puzzle of how fins became limbs 420 million years ago.

Clea Simon • harvard
May 21, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  fas  stephanie-pierce  fossils  clea-simon  borja-esteve-altava  john-hutchinson  julia-molnar  limbs  math  museum-of-comparative-zoology  oeb  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  royal-veterinary-college  rui-diogo  tetrapods

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