Harvard labs share personal protective equipment

As University facilities close, faculty and staff gather gear to pass along amid a nationwide shortage.

Clea Simon • harvard
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  fas  science  seas  health-medicine  health-care  donations  douglas-finkbeiner  laboratories  mema  n95-masks  ppe  sarah-elwell

New class of enzymes could lead to bespoke diets, therapeutics

Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  chemistry  diet  cancer  bacteria  parkinsons-disease  basic-research  emily-balskus  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  science  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  microbiome  vayu-maini-rekdal  microbes  berries  bespoke-diets  chocolate  coffee  dopamine  enzymes  gut  l-dopa  microbiology  nutrition  nuts

New evidence that shows how the brain makes decisions

New technology helps dissect how the brain ignores or acts on information

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  chemistry  neuroscience  attention  electricity  basic-research  neurons  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  science  adam-cohen  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  engineering-technology  optogenetics  sensory-overload

Study likens Earth’s evolution to creation of Frankenstein’s monster

The evolution of the first building blocks on Earth may have been messier than previously thought, likening it to the mishmash creation of Frankenstein’s monster.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Jan. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  dna  chemistry  genetics  basic-research  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  jack-szostak  origins-of-life  rna  science  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  primordial-soup  prebiotic  seohyun-kim

Human body-on-chip platform may speed up drug development

Multiple human organ chips that quantitatively predict drug pharmacokinetics may offer alternatives to some animal tests.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
Jan. 27, 2020 ~15 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  science  wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering  drug-predictions  human-body-on-chip  organ-chip

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 • harvard
Dec. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  chemistry  quantum-computing  science  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  quantum-mechanics  lasers  kang-kuen-ni  molecules  chemical-reaction  ming-guang-hu  potassium-rubidium  quantum-control  ultracold

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 • harvard
Dec. 18, 2019 ~8 min

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

Discovery of object with multiple stars offers an opportunity for insight into our own planet

Planets that are even a little like Earth are hard to find. That’s why when astronomers like Jennifer G. Winters come across a body that may be solid, rocky, and possibly have its own atmosphere, they get excited. And especially so in a case like this: For although it is statistically unlikely to host life

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 23, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  planets  fas  science  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  clea-simon  dwarf-planets  jennifer-winters

Conference encourages women of color to pursue doctorates in physics

LaNell Williams wants to encourage more women of color to pursue doctorate degrees in fields such as physics. To help make that happen, she founded the Women+ of Color Project, which last week hosted a three-day workshop that invited 20 African American, Latinx, and Native American women interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field to Harvard.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Oct. 7, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  phd  harvard  science  latinx  women  native-american  african-american  doctorate  graduate  graduate-school  lanell-williams  stem  williams  women-of-color

Harvard scientists use optical tweezers to capture ultracold molecules

Using precisely focused lasers that act as “optical tweezers,” Harvard scientists have been able to capture and control individual ultracold molecules – the eventual building-blocks of a quantum computer – and study the collisions between them in more detail than ever before.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Oct. 2, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  quantum  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  science  john-doyle  doyle  quantum-computer  lasers  center-for-ultracold-atoms  kang-kuen-ni  molecular-tweezers  molecules  ni  optical-tweezers  quantum-science-and-engineering-initiative  tweezers  ultracold-atoms  ultracold-molecules

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