Theory that ridged skin helps dolphins debunked

New study debunks long-held theory that dolphins had ridged skin, which helped them swim faster.

Clea Simon | July 18, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology clea-simon dolphin-skin fas george-lauder marine-mammal oeb organismic-and-evolutionary-biology royal-society-biology-letters-journal

Harvard study suggests asteroids might play key role in spreading life

Scientists at the Institute for Theory and Computation have made a comprehensive calculation suggesting that panspermia could happen, and have found that as many as 10 trillion asteroid-sized objects might exist that carry life.

Peter Reuell | July 8, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology abraham-loeb asteroid faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas galactic-panspermia ginsburg harvard idan-ginsburg life lingam loeb manasvi-lingam microbes nanobacteria panspermia

New NASA program studies sea and sky to better understand ocean worlds in space

A new NASA-funded program will study water worlds and environments to understand the limits of life as part of the search for life on other planets.

Clea Simon | July 1, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology christopher-german clea-simon donna-blackman exploring-ocean-worlds fas network-for-ocean-worlds organismic-and-evolutionary-biology peter-girguis tori-hoebler volcanoes water woods-hole-oceanographic-institution

Harvard researcher connects the dots in fin-to-limb evolution

With an innovative technique called anatomical network analysis, clear patterns emerge that help solve the puzzle of how fins became limbs 420 million years ago.

Clea Simon | May 21, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology borja-esteve-altava clea-simon evolution fas fossils john-hutchinson julia-molnar limbs math museum-of-comparative-zoology oeb organismic-and-evolutionary-biology royal-veterinary-college rui-diogo stephanie-pierce tetrapods

Harvard researchers see alien potential in mysterious object

A paper by Harvard researchers wonders whether the interstellar object known as “‘Oumuamua” is a visitor from an alien civilization.

Peter Reuell | Nov. 19, 2018 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology oumuamua alien asteroid avi-loeb cfa faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics interstellar-object lightsail peter-reuell reuell solar-sail space

Harvard researchers see alien potential in mysterious object

A paper by Harvard researchers wonders whether the interstellar object known as “‘Oumuamua” is a visitor from an alien civilization.

Peter Reuell | Nov. 19, 2018 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology oumuamua alien asteroid avi-loeb cfa faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics interstellar-object lightsail peter-reuell reuell solar-sail space

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