Cracking the case of the missing molecules

When scientists moved from manipulating atoms to messing with molecules, molecules started to disappear from view. Professor Kang-Kuen Ni has figured out why.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
July 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology physics chemistry quantum-computing nature graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences caitlin-mcdermott-murphy quantum-mechanics lasers kang-kuen-ni molecules chemical-reaction potassium-rubidium quantum-control ultracold yu-liu

New paper suggests spinosaurus may have been aquatic

New paper argues the Spinosaurus was aquatic, and powered by predatory tail.

Clea Simon • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology robotics nature stephanie-pierce dinosaurs museum-of-comparative-zoology george-lauder nizar-ibrahim spinosaurus tails theropod

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 • harvard
Feb. 19, 2020 ~5 min

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

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 • harvard
Jan. 22, 2020 ~8 min

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

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 • harvard
Aug. 20, 2019 ~4 min

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

Harvard researchers create DNA ‘propellers’

Understanding how DNA and proteins interact — or fail to — could help answer fundamental biological questions about human health and disease.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
July 19, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  dna  chemistry  biotechnology  optics  nanotechnology  nature  microscopy  biomechanics  cell-biology  micromachines  molecular-biology  xiaowei-zhuang

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 • harvard
July 3, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  evolution  fas  nature  ecology  clea-simon  health-medicine  museum-of-comparative-zoology  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  bruno-as-de-medieros  cassandra-extavour  egg-shape  molecular-and-cellular-biology  samuel-church  seth-donoughe

Researchers propose ‘machine behavior’ field could blend AI, social sciences

Researchers propose a new field of study — “machine behavior” — to look at artificial intelligence through the lens of biology, economics, psychology, and other behavioral and social sciences.

Leah Burrows • harvard
June 7, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  artificial-intelligence  harvard  nature  mit  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  seas  david-parkes  google  behavioral-science  facebook  herbert-simon  microsoft  san-diego  social-sciences  stanford  university-of-california

Harvard study looks at how microbes produce cancer fighting compound

Emily Balskus and a team of researchers untangled how soil bacteria are able to manufacture streptozotocin, an antibiotic and anti-cancer compound.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  chemistry  cancer  bacteria  biology  basic-research  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  balskus  chemotherapy  emily-balskus  enzyme  nature  nitrosamine  soil  soil-bacteria  streptozotocin

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