AI researchers share data on how we sort options, make decisions

Artificial intelligence researchers and neurobiologists share data on how options are sorted in decision-making.

Clea Simon | Feb. 19, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology ai basic-research brain cellular-and-molecular-biology clara-starkweather deepmind dopamine google harvardmit-health-sciences-technology-program hms matthew-botvinick naoshige-uchida nature neurobiology

How CRISPR technology is advancing

Fewer off-target edits and greater targeting scope bring gene editing technology closer to treating human diseases.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Feb. 14, 2020 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology base-editing base-editors biotechnology-nature broad-institute caitlin-mcdermott-murphy cas9 chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology crispr david-liu dna gene-editing genetic-disease genetic-engineering genome rna sickle-cell-anemia


New findings suggest how stress may trigger gray hair

Harvard scientists have found evidence to support long-standing anecdotes that stress turns hair gray.

Jessica Lau | Jan. 22, 2020 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology bing-zhang fas gray-hair hair isaac-chiu jessica-lau nature scrb stem-cells stress ya-chieh-hsu

Historical view reshapes beliefs about colonization

A new study overturns long-held beliefs about the role humans played in shaping the landscape pre- and post- European colonization.

Clarisse Hart | Jan. 20, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology biodiversity david-foster environments-sustainability fas forests harvard-forest land-management nature-sustainability new-england

Researchers find a platform for stable quantum computing

Harvard researchers have demonstrated the first material that can have both strongly correlated electron interactions and topological properties. The discovery both paves the way for more stable quantum computing and creates an entirely new platform to explore exotic physics.

Leah Burrows | Dec. 5, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology condensed-matter-physics department-of-physics exotic-physics harris-pirie jenny-hoffman nature-physics physics quantum-computing samarium-hexaboride topological-insulators


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
~8 mins   

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

A new paper examines how neuron-like implants could treat brain disorders

A new paper explores why neuron-like implants could offer a better way to treat brain disorders, control prosthetics, or even enhance cognitive abilities.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Sept. 20, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology alzheimers-disease brain charles-lieber chemistry deep-brain-stimulation learning memory mind nanotechnology nature-biotechnology neurological-disease neuroscience neurosurgery parkinsons-disease psychiatric-disorders

Harvard astronomer shows exoplanet has no atmosphere

Led by Laura Kreidberg, a Clay Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a new study shows that LHS 3844b, a terrestrial exoplanet orbiting a small sun 48.6 light-years away, has no detectable atmosphere

Juan Siliezar | Aug. 20, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: science-technology california-institute-of-technology harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics laura-kreidberg m-dwarfs massachusetts-institute-of-technology nasas-transiting-exoplanet-satellite-survey-tess nature planet-lhs-3844b stanford-university university-of-maryland university-of-texas-at-austin vanderbilt-university

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