Green in cities gives mental health a boost

Contact with nature can boost well-being and help address mental illness. A new tool could help city planners integrate these benefits into cities.

Michelle Ma-Washington | July 30, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine cities emotions mental-health nature

Harvard researchers create DNA ‘propellers’

Understanding how DNA and proteins interact — or fail to — could help answer fundamental biological questions about human health and disease.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | July 19, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology biomechanics biotechnology cell-biology chemistry dna micromachines microscopy molecular-biology nanotechnology nature optics xiaowei-zhuang

Harvard’s Extavour debunks old hypotheses on insect eggs

Biology Professor Cassandra G. Extavour debunks old hypotheses about form and function on insect eggs using new big-data tool

Clea Simon | July 3, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine bruno-as-de-medieros cassandra-extavour clea-simon ecology egg-shape evolution fas molecular-and-cellular-biology museum-of-comparative-zoology nature organismic-and-evolutionary-biology samuel-church seth-donoughe

Harvard researchers present nanowire devices update

A new technique speeds creation of nanowire devices, boosting research into what’s happening inside cells.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | July 2, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology anqi-zhang artificial-intelligence brain charles-m-lieber chemistry medical-technology nanotechnology nature-nanotechnology

Rhino release: European parks bring animals to Rwanda

Five critically endangered rhinos from European zoos are flown to Rwanda to be released into the wild.

By Victoria Gill | June 25, 2019 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: wildlife environment nature rhinos rwanda conservation

British orchids thriving in Dunstable Downs 'sunken trails'

Eight species of British orchid are flourishing on historical sheep-driving pathways.

BBC Science News | June 21, 2019 | bbcnews
~2 mins   

Tags: nature luton dunstable sharpenhoe

Researchers propose ‘machine behavior’ field could blend AI, social sciences

Researchers propose a new field of study — “machine behavior” — to look at artificial intelligence through the lens of biology, economics, psychology, and other behavioral and social sciences.

Leah Burrows | June 7, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology artificial-intelligence behavioral-science david-parkes facebook google harvard harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences herbert-simon microsoft mit nature san-diego seas social-sciences stanford university-of-california

Harvard chemist teases out why drugs work (or don’t)

Assistant Professor Brian Liau of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department has answered the question of why some new drugs for acute myeloid leukemia don’t work by combining CRISPR gene editing with small-molecule inhibitor treatments in a technique he calls CRISPR-suppressor scanning.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | May 6, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology acute-myeloid-leukemia aml brian-liau chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology crispr leukemia nature-chemical-biology

Five things we've learned from nature crisis study

The UN's global assessment of nature has some hard hitting lessons for the world. Matt McGrath considers the critical takeaways.

By Matt McGrath | May 6, 2019 | bbcnews
~8 mins   

Tags: wildlife environment nature animals insects united-nations extinction birds climate-change

Nature loss: Report to show scale of 'silent crisis'

The world's most comprehensive - and damning - report on the state of nature is to be published in Paris.

By Matt McGrath | May 5, 2019 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: nature paris-climate-agreement climate-change

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