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LabXchange, a free digital-learning platform for science education, allows students, educators, scientists, and researchers to collaborate globally in an online community.

Deborah Blackwell • harvard
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: science-technology stem online-learning in-the-community digital-learning ilab labxchange robert-lue the-amgen-foundation

Aging chimps show social selectivity

Understanding why older chimps tend to favor small circles of meaningful, established friendships rather than seek new ones may help scientists gain a better picture of what healthy human aging should look like and what triggers this social change.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas science juan-siliezar aging chimpanzees department-of-human-evolutionary-biology alexandra-rosati kibale-chimpanzee-project lindsey-hagberg martin-n-muller melissa-emery-thompson richard-w-wrangham zarin-machanda

Research shows lullabies in any language relax babies

Researchers at Harvard’s Music Lab have determined that American infants relaxed when played lullabies that were unfamiliar and in a foreign language.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Oct. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology psychology fas music-lab samuel-mehr connie-bainbridge mila-bertolo nature-human-behaviour

Enzymatic DNA synthesis sees the light

Controlling a DNA-synthesizing enzyme with photolithographic methods from the computer chip industry facilitates multiplexed writing and storage of digital data in DNA.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
Oct. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-technology dna harvard-medical-school george-church wyss-institute

Experts consider the ethical implications of new technology

Faculty from the Computer Science and Philosophy departments join forces in a successful new undergraduate initiative, Embedded EthiCS, to change the way computer scientists think about the ethical implications of new technology.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
Oct. 16, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: science-technology computer-science ethics harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvard-college barbara-grosz radhika-nagpal alison-simmons embedded-ethics philosophy christina-pazzanese faculty-of-arts-and-science david-grant jeffrey-behrends

Hands-on lessons are at the crux of new Harvard course

A new Harvard course challenges students to use science to evaluate COVID-19 policies.

Adam Zewe • harvard
Oct. 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 coronavirus pandemic evelyn-hu john-doyle charlotte-moses es20r hepa-filter michael-p-brenner science-and-engineering-for-managing-covid

Analyzing toehold sequences for synthetic biology

Computational algorithms enable identification and optimization of RNA-based tools for myriad applications.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Oct. 7, 2020 ~16 min

Tags: science-technology dna synthetic-biology rna wyss-institute james-collins

New timeline on reptile evolution rebuts long-held theories

A new study by a team of Harvard-led researchers contradicts a widely held theory that major transitions in evolution always happened in big, quick (geologically speaking) bursts, triggered by major environmental shifts.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology

Study offers clues to how climate affected 1918 pandemic

A new study of ice-core data shows that an unusual, six-year period of cold temperatures and heavy rainfall coincided with European deaths during the 1918 Spanish flu.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology history environments-sustainability alvin-powell michael-mccormick spanish-flu rainfall world-war-i alexander-more initiative-for-the-science-of-the-human-past long-island-university nottingham-university paul-mayewski university-of-maine

3D model seeks to explain mysterious hexagon storm on Saturn

Harvard researchers use a 3D model to figure out how a hexagon-shaped mega-storm on Saturn was formed.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences juan-siliezar saturn department-of-earth-and-planetary-sciences hexagon-storm jeremy-bloxham rakesh-k-yadav

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