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 | Jan. 7, 2020 | harvard
~9 mins   

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 | Dec. 20, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

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 | 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

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 | Nov. 15, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

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 | Nov. 14, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

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 | Nov. 13, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

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 | Oct. 23, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology clea-simon dwarf-planets fas harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics jennifer-winters planets science

Conference encourages women of color to pursue doctorates in physics

LaNell Williams wants to encourage more women of color to pursue doctorate degrees in fields such as physics. To help make that happen, she founded the Women+ of Color Project, which last week hosted a three-day workshop that invited 20 African American, Latinx, and Native American women interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field to Harvard.

Peter Reuell | Oct. 7, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology african-american doctorate graduate graduate-school harvard lanell-williams latinx native-american phd physics science stem williams women women-of-color

Study shows that students learn more when taking part in classrooms that employ active-learning strategies

A new Harvard study shows that, though students felt like they learned more from traditional lectures, they actually learned more when taking part in active-learning classrooms.

Peter Reuell | Sept. 4, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology active-learning classrooms education educational-outcomes faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard learning lecture lectures passive-learning peter-reuell physics pnas proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences reuell science science-education test test-scores

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