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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How an elusive catalyst makes unusual reactions happen

Researchers at Harvard and Cornell have discovered exactly how a reactive copper-nitrene catalyst could transform a strong carbon-hydrogen bonds into a carbon-nitrogen bond, a valuable building block for chemical synthesis.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Sept. 19, 2019 ~6 min

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