Harvard bee experts discuss the murder hornet threat

Bee health experts Benjamin de Bivort and James Crall discuss the murder hornet threat and other dangers facing bees.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-technology bees faculty-of-arts-and-sciences benjamin-de-bivort james-crall juan-siliezar department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology honeybees wild-bees asian-giant-hornet murder-hornet

New research explores horizontal gene transfer

Cassandra Extavour and Leo Blondel provide the strongest suggestive evidence yet that at least part of a specific gene came from bacterial genomes.

Peter Reuell • harvard
June 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-technology bacteria genes faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard peter-reuell cassandra-extavour horizontal-gene-transfer gene blondel extavour gene-transfer germ-cells leo-blondel osk-domain oskar

Modern-like tectonic plate motion on the early Earth

Harvard researchers detect some of the earliest evidence for modern-like plate motion.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
April 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences earth-and-planetary-sciences science-advances alec-brenner pilbara-craton plate-tectonics roger-fu

Ancient records of Bering Strait flooding offer fresh insights

Tamara Pico, a postdoctoral fellow, is using records of flooding in the Bering Strait to make inferences about how the ice sheets that covered North America responded to the warming climate, and how their melting might have contributed to climate changes.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 26, 2020 ~6 min

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Uncovering the switch that controls brain state

A team of researchers led by two Harvard alumni uncover a switch that controls brain states.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Dec. 18, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  neuroscience  basic-research  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  science  rowland-institute  drew-robson  harvard-fas  jennifer-li  max-planck-institute-for-biological-cybernetics  zebrafish

How humans’ sense of ‘intuitive physics’ touches fictional worlds

A Harvard study is exploring the way humans’ sense of “intuitive physics” of the real world leaves fingerprints on the fictional universes we create.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Nov. 14, 2019 ~8 min

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