Harvard researchers sequence Sapria genome

Sapria genome shows astonishing gene loss and gene theft.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Jan. 22, 2021 ~8 min

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Astronomers discover first cloudless, Jupiter-like planet

The first Jupiter-like planet without clouds has been detected by astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. Unlike our Jupiter, which takes nearly 12 years to orbit the sun, WASP-62b completes a rotation in just four-and-a-half days.

Nadia Whitehead • harvard
Jan. 22, 2021 ~3 min

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Laser-steering microrobot offers surgeons high-speed precision

Robotic engineers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute and John A. Paulson School for Engineering and Applied Science have developed a laser-steering microrobot in a miniaturized 6 by 16 millimeter package that can be integrated with existing endoscopic tools.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Jan. 13, 2021 ~6 min

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Astrochemist brings search for extraterrestrial life to Harvard

Clara Sousa-Silva, whose expertise in phosphine as a biosignature gas was key to a recent analysis that may have detected life in the clouds of Venus, has moved to the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian for the final two years of her fellowship. She discusses the finding and the broader topic of the search for life on other planets.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 4, 2021 ~25 min

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Ancient DNA shines light on Caribbean history, prehistory

New answers have emerged from the largest genome-wide study to date of ancient human DNA in the Americas.

Stephanie Dutchen • harvard
Dec. 23, 2020 ~12 min

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Research labs score perfect COVID safety records

Six months after reopening, Harvard’s labs report an unblemished safety record, important contributions to the state’s economy, and an array of scientific findings, albeit with the requisite frustration of operating during a pandemic.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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First saber-toothed animals had 5-inch canines

Harvard researcher finds first saber-toothed animals had dinosaur-like teeth before dinosaurs did.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Dec. 16, 2020 ~7 min


Seasonal changes in UV may increase spread of COVID-19

Seasonal changes in UV may alter the spread of COVID but not as much as social distancing.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Dec. 16, 2020 ~5 min

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How parents can manage children and their technology use

Urs Gasser and John Palfrey are authors of the newly released book “The Connected Parent: An Expert Guide to Parenting in a Digital World.”

Liz Mineo • harvard
Dec. 14, 2020 ~19 min

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How neurons form long-term memories

A Harvard Medical School study in mice reveals how memory neurons reorganize after new experiences.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
Dec. 9, 2020 ~9 min

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