Aging chimps show social selectivity

Understanding why older chimps tend to favor small circles of meaningful, established friendships rather than seek new ones may help scientists gain a better picture of what healthy human aging should look like and what triggers this social change.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas science juan-siliezar aging chimpanzees department-of-human-evolutionary-biology alexandra-rosati kibale-chimpanzee-project lindsey-hagberg martin-n-muller melissa-emery-thompson richard-w-wrangham zarin-machanda

Research shows lullabies in any language relax babies

Researchers at Harvard’s Music Lab have determined that American infants relaxed when played lullabies that were unfamiliar and in a foreign language.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Oct. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology psychology fas music-lab samuel-mehr connie-bainbridge mila-bertolo nature-human-behaviour


GenderSci Lab finds more than biology influences COVID risk

The GenderSci Lab at Harvard finds that more men than women are dying of COVID-19.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Aug. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: coronavirus gender fas and-sexuality studies-of-women health-medicine history-of-science manisha-aggarwal-schifellite gendersci-lab mimi-tarrant sarah-richardson


Treating children for worms yields health and financial gains

A 20-year study of Kenyan schoolchildren who receive sustained treatment against common parasitic infections grow up to achieve a higher standard of living, with long-lasting health and economic benefits that extend to their communities.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: economics fas health-medicine national-bureau-of-economic-research uc-berkeley kenya deworming edward-miguel michael-kremer

Violence and trauma in childhood accelerate puberty

Childhood violence and trauma has a direct effect on a person’s mental and physical health as they grow, with certain kinds of trauma also affecting the pace of aging.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: psychology fas health-medicine manisha-aggarwal-schifellite katie-mclaughlin natalie-colich

Study finds early Wuhan COVID cases largely undetected

Modeling study offers fresh insights into stealthy nature of coronavirus and how easily it jumps from person to person.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus fas juan-siliezar health-medicine wuhan xihong-lin asymptomatic second-wave undetected-infections

3 takes on dealing with uncertainty

In these volatile times, three Harvard professors share insights from their fields on how to handle uncertainty.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy neuroscience psychology fas radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study juan-siliezar health-medicine alyssa-goodman comparative-literature elizabeth-phelps german john-hamilton manisha-aggarwal-schifellite

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

Page 1 of 12