COVID lockdown offers insight into human-wildlife interactions

Researchers led by Christian Rutz, 2019–2020 Grass Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, are examining human impact on wildlife using data collected during the pandemic quarantine.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Aug. 31, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-technology radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study christian-rutz

Author Michael Pollan discusses how caffeine changed the world

The seductive powers, dark history, health benefits, and harmful side effects of the world’s most-used drug, are included in Michael Pollan’s new audible book, “Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Created the Modern World.”

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study michael-pollan coffee caffeine tea tomiko-brown-nagin

3 takes on dealing with uncertainty

In these volatile times, three Harvard professors share insights from their fields on how to handle uncertainty.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy neuroscience psychology fas radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study juan-siliezar health-medicine alyssa-goodman comparative-literature elizabeth-phelps german john-hamilton manisha-aggarwal-schifellite



How regulation can minimize online risk

Radcliffe researcher explores how to create a framework for the Internet of Things that minimizes risk and maximizes safety.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Feb. 25, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  artificial-intelligence  radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study  engineering-technology  rensselaer-polytechnic-institute  fran-berman

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

Radcliffe symposium examines rapid advances brought by CRISPR

CRISPR gene-editing technology has conquered the lab and is poised to lead to new treatments for human disease. Experts consider the promise and peril at Radcliffe.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 28, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  crispr  radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study  alvin-powell  gene-therapy  gene-editing  immaculata-de-vivo  jonathan-kimmelman  kiran-musunuru  sylvain-moineau  vence-bonham

A trio of Harvard astronomers reflect on the impact of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, then and now

A trio of Harvard astronomers reflect on the impact of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, then and now.

Alvin Powell • harvard
July 18, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  alvin-powell  alyssa-goodman  50th-anniversary  apollo-11  dimitar-sasselov  irwin-shapiro  moon-landing  origins-of-life-initiative

What can we do to keep people from gaining more weight?

Health and policy expert Sara Bleich has found that when trying to change the way people eat, being prescriptive isn’t always the answer.

Deborah Halber • harvard
April 9, 2019 ~12 min

Tags:  obesity  type-2-diabetes  radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study  health-medicine  fat-shaming  harvard-graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences  sara-bleich

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