New findings suggest how stress may trigger gray hair

Harvard scientists have found evidence to support long-standing anecdotes that stress turns hair gray.

Jessica Lau | Jan. 22, 2020 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology bing-zhang fas gray-hair hair isaac-chiu jessica-lau nature scrb stem-cells stress ya-chieh-hsu

Historical view reshapes beliefs about colonization

A new study overturns long-held beliefs about the role humans played in shaping the landscape pre- and post- European colonization.

Clarisse Hart | Jan. 20, 2020 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology biodiversity david-foster environments-sustainability fas forests harvard-forest land-management nature-sustainability new-england

Wyss researchers predict biggest scientific advances of 2020s

The Wyss Institute asked its faculty members to predict the biggest scientific advancements in their fields in the next 10 years.

Lindsay Brownell | Jan. 13, 2020 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: science-technology 2030 predictions scientific-advances wyss-institute

Major study on Duchenne muscular dystrophy gains support

Harvard stem-cell research receives support from Sarepta Therapeutics for work on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Caroline Perry | Jan. 9, 2020 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology amy-wagers caroline-perry duchenne-muscular-dystrophy office-of-technology-development sarepta-therapeutics stem-cells

Researchers unveil stem cell models of human spine development

Harvard researchers have unveiled the first stem cell models of human spine development, setting the stage for better understanding of musculoskeletal and metabolic disorders, including congenital scoliosis, muscular dystrophy, and Type 2 diabetes.

Stephanie Dutchen | Jan. 8, 2020 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology congenital-scoliosis muscular-dystrophy musculoskeletal-disorders olivier-pourquie segmentation-clock stem-cells type-2-diabetes

Treatments for touch hypersensitivity explored in new research

Harvard professors David Ginty and Lauren Orefice describe how their innovations present a novel approach to treating tactile hypersensitivity in patients with autism-spectrum disorders.

Caroline Perry | Jan. 8, 2020 | harvard
~15 mins   

Tags: science-technology autism basic-research david-ginty lauren-orefice office-of-technology-development tactile-hypersensitivity

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

Architect designs a playground for social development

With “High Sees,” architect Megan Panzano reasserts how play can impact mental and social development.

Travis Dagenais | Dec. 20, 2019 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: science-technology architecture basic-research children harvard-graduate-school-of-design high-sees megan-panzano mental-development social-development

Uncovering the switch that controls brain state

A team of researchers led by two Harvard alumni uncover a switch that controls brain states.

Juan Siliezar | Dec. 18, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research drew-robson faculty-of-arts-and-sciences harvard-fas jennifer-li max-planck-institute-for-biological-cybernetics neuroscience rowland-institute science zebrafish

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