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 | Oct. 23, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

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

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 | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine clea-simon cooking fas gut-microbiome human-evolutionary-biology katia-chadaideh-corinne-f-maurice kylynda-bauer nature-microbiology peter-turnbaugh rachel-carmody vayu-maini-rekdal

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 | July 18, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology clea-simon dolphin-skin fas george-lauder marine-mammal oeb organismic-and-evolutionary-biology 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 | July 3, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine bruno-as-de-medieros cassandra-extavour clea-simon ecology egg-shape evolution fas molecular-and-cellular-biology museum-of-comparative-zoology nature organismic-and-evolutionary-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 | July 1, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology christopher-german clea-simon donna-blackman exploring-ocean-worlds fas network-for-ocean-worlds organismic-and-evolutionary-biology peter-girguis tori-hoebler volcanoes water 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 | May 21, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology borja-esteve-altava clea-simon evolution fas fossils john-hutchinson julia-molnar limbs math museum-of-comparative-zoology oeb organismic-and-evolutionary-biology royal-veterinary-college rui-diogo stephanie-pierce tetrapods

‘Endlings’ playwright talks connection, heritage

The A.R.T.’s “Endlings” features characters whose lives are completely foreign from, yet connected to, playwright Celine Song.

Clea Simon | Feb. 25, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: arts-humanities endlings art american-repertory-theater canada celine-song clea-simon haenyeos korea man-jae sea-women

Science must join with social, policy evolution to battle climate change

Steps to limit climate change require not only scientific advances but social and policy changes that spread the benefits of alternative energy sources, professor Daniel M. Kammen said in Radcliffe lecture.

Clea Simon | Jan. 30, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology an-energy-plan-the-earth-can-live-with clea-simon climate-change daniel-m-kammen green-new-deal radcliffe-institute renewable-and-appropriate-energy-laboratory-at-uc-berkeley undiscovered-science-lecture-series

Science must join with social, policy evolution to battle climate change

Steps to limit climate change require not only scientific advances but social and policy changes that spread the benefits of alternative energy sources, professor Daniel M. Kammen said in Radcliffe lecture.

Clea Simon | Jan. 30, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology an-energy-plan-the-earth-can-live-with clea-simon climate-change daniel-m-kammen green-new-deal radcliffe-institute renewable-and-appropriate-energy-laboratory-at-uc-berkeley undiscovered-science-lecture-series

Harvard’s A.R.T. celebrates a decade of musical theater

The American Repertory Theater’s production of "ExtraOrdinary" samples a decade of musicals while tapping into performers’ stories.

Clea Simon | Nov. 21, 2018 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: arts-humanities extraordinary art american-repertory-theater clea-simon diane-paulus lance-horne

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