In a photo of a black hole, a possible key to mysteries

So little is known about black holes and the image hints at a path to a higher-resolution image and more and better data.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
April 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology alexander-lupsasca andrew-strominger astronomy astrophysics black-hole black-hole-initiative caitlin-mcdermott-murphy center-for-astrophysics einstein michael-johnson peter-galison physics quantum-mechanics space space-time theory-of-relativity

New evidence that shows how the brain makes decisions

New technology helps dissect how the brain ignores or acts on information

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  adam-cohen  attention  basic-research  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  chemistry  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  electricity  engineering-technology  neurons  neuroscience  optogenetics  physics  science  sensory-overload

Astrophysicist works to make science understandable

Harvard’s educational mission is bringing the universe’s strangest creation to the world, as short videos about black holes have been seen by millions.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  alex-rosenthal  alvin-powell  black-hole  black-hole-initiative  center-for-astrophysics-harvard-smithsonian  fabio-pacucci  physics  science-education  teded  video

Largest gaseous structure ever seen in our galaxy is discovered

Astronomers at Harvard have discovered a monolithic, wave-shaped gaseous structure — the largest ever seen in our galaxy — and dubbed it the “Radcliffe Wave."

Mary Todd Bergman • harvard
Jan. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  goulds-belt  alyssa-goodman  astrophysical-journal  milky-way-galaxy  physics  radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study  radcliffe-wave  worldwide-telescope

Ultracold environment offers a first look at a chemical reaction

Harvard researchers have performed the coldest reaction in the known universe by capturing a chemical reaction in its most critical and elusive act.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Dec. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  chemical-reaction  chemistry  kang-kuen-ni  lasers  ming-guang-hu  molecules  physics  potassium-rubidium  quantum-computing  quantum-control  quantum-mechanics  science  ultracold

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 • harvard
Dec. 5, 2019 ~6 min

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

New laser hits mark on cancer imaging to airport security

Harvard researchers have developed a totally new type of laser that can reach terahertz frequencies offering short-range, high-bandwidth wireless communications, very-high-resolution radar, and spectroscopy.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Nov. 15, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  electromagnetic-spectrum  engineering  federico-capasso  laser  physics  terahertz-frequencies  tunable-terahertz-laser

How humans’ sense of ‘intuitive physics’ touches fictional worlds

A Harvard study is exploring the way humans’ sense of “intuitive physics” of the real world leaves fingerprints on the fictional universes we create.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Nov. 14, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  fiction  fictional-worlds  frogs  harvard  imagination  intuitive-physics  intuitive-psychology  levitating  levitating-frogs  magic  peter-reuell  physics  reuell  stone  tomer-ullman  turn-to-stone  ullman

Evolution more complex than ‘survival of the fittest’ had us believe

By re-barcoding the DNA of yeast, researchers were able to follow evolution for approximately 1,000 generations, finding surprises along the way.

Clea Simon • harvard
Nov. 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  alex-n-nguyen-ba  barcoding  dna  evolution  ivana-cvijovic  michael-desai  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  physics  yeast

Discovery of object with multiple stars offers an opportunity for insight into our own planet

Planets that are even a little like Earth are hard to find. That’s why when astronomers like Jennifer G. Winters come across a body that may be solid, rocky, and possibly have its own atmosphere, they get excited. And especially so in a case like this: For although it is statistically unlikely to host life

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 23, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  clea-simon  dwarf-planets  fas  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  jennifer-winters  planets  science

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