Harvard scientists identify gut-brain connection in ALS

The researchers found that in mice with a common ALS genetic mutation, changing the gut microbiome could prevent or improve disease symptoms.

Jessica Lau • harvard
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-technology als amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis gut-microbiome gut-brain-axis inflammation

New paper suggests spinosaurus may have been aquatic

New paper argues the Spinosaurus was aquatic, and powered by predatory tail.

Clea Simon • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology dinosaurs george-lauder museum-of-comparative-zoology nature nizar-ibrahim robotics spinosaurus stephanie-pierce tails theropod

New technology could provide rapid detection of COVID-19

The CRISPR-based molecular diagnostics chip’s capacity ranges from detecting a single type of virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time to searching a small number of samples for more than 160 different viruses, including the COVID-19 virus.

Karen Zusi • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology basic-research broad-institute carmen combinatorial-arrayed-reactions-for-multiplexed-evaluation-of-nucleic-acids covid-19 crispr-based engineering

Modern-like tectonic plate motion on the early Earth

Harvard researchers detect some of the earliest evidence for modern-like plate motion.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
April 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology alec-brenner earth-and-planetary-sciences faculty-of-arts-and-sciences pilbara-craton plate-tectonics roger-fu science-advances

Wyss-designed swabs enter human trials for COVID-19

The Wyss Institute has collaborated in the design of a new low-cost nasopharyngeal swabs that can be manufactured quickly to address the international shortage of swabs for testing and research.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
April 28, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: science-technology coronavirus covid-19 nasopharyngeal-swab richard-novak wyss-institute-at-harvard-university

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

Researchers demonstrate the missing link for a quantum internet

Harvard and MIT researchers have found a way to correct for signal loss with a prototype quantum node that can catch, store, and entangle bits of quantum information. The research is the missing link toward a practical quantum internet.

Leah Burrows • harvard
April 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology engineering harvard-quantum-initiative mikhail-lukin quantum-internet seas

SEAS students develop customized videoconferencing platform

With the move to online classes, a group of Harvard students quickly formed a team and collaborated over spring break to develop Congregate, a web platform that enables users to host events or gatherings that are broken into many dynamically generated conversation rooms.

Adam Zewe • harvard
April 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology congregate coronavirus covid-19 harvard-undergraduate-capital-partners john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences online-classes remote-teaching seas videoconferencing-platform zoom

How a new vaccine adjuvant might help to shorten race to COVID-19 immunity

Further research and development on a class of molecules called bisphosphonates might turbocharge a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, and help bring immunity to huge populations more quickly.

Caroline Perry • harvard
April 9, 2020 ~16 min

Tags: science-technology basic-research covid-19 harvard-office-of-technology-development mit-and-harvard ragon-institute-of-mgh sars-cov-2 uli-von-andrian

Scientists produce a reference map of human protein interactions

Scientists produce a reference map of human protein interactions, releasing data helpful for understanding diseases including cancer and infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

Jovana Drinjakovic • harvard
April 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  basic-research  cancer  center-for-cancer-systems-biology  covid-19  dana-farber-cancer-institute  genes  human-genome-project  human-reference-interactome  infectious-diseases  interactome

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