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.
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
Researchers at Harvard’s Music Lab have determined that American infants relaxed when played lullabies that were unfamiliar and in a foreign language.
Oct. 19, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: science-technology psychology fas music-lab samuel-mehr connie-bainbridge mila-bertolo nature-human-behaviour
Harvard and Chinese scientists study Cambrian fossils using micro-CT and 3D models.
Sept. 14, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: science-technology fas harvard department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology museum-of-comparative-zoology yu-liu arthropods bmc-evolutionary-biology cambrian chengjiang-biota harvard-china-fund javier-ortega-hernandez joanna-m-wolfe micro-computed-tomography micro-ct xiaocaris-luoi yunnan-university
The GenderSci Lab at Harvard finds that more men than women are dying of COVID-19.
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
Emily Balskus has won the Alan T. Waterman Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious prize for scientists under 40 in the United States.
Aug. 5, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: science-technology chemistry cancer bacteria parkinsons-disease fas emily-balskus chemistry-and-chemical-biology colon-cancer caitlin-mcdermott-murphy microbiome microbes gut l-dopa microbiology therapeutics disease national-science-foundation cholesterol metagenomics award catherine-drennan human-health nsf sethuraman-panchanathan
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.
Aug. 3, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: economics fas health-medicine national-bureau-of-economic-research uc-berkeley kenya deworming edward-miguel michael-kremer
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.
Aug. 3, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: psychology fas health-medicine manisha-aggarwal-schifellite katie-mclaughlin natalie-colich
Modeling study offers fresh insights into stealthy nature of coronavirus and how easily it jumps from person to person.
July 16, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus fas juan-siliezar health-medicine wuhan xihong-lin asymptomatic second-wave undetected-infections
In these volatile times, three Harvard professors share insights from their fields on how to handle uncertainty.
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
Cassandra Extavour and Leo Blondel provide the strongest suggestive evidence yet that at least part of a specific gene came from bacterial genomes.
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
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