Growing organoids uncovers how cells become organs

Tiny sensors are embedded into stretchable, integrated mesh that grows with the developing tissue, allowing scientists to track how cells grow into organs.

Leah Burrows | Aug. 16, 2019 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research charles-m-lieber cyborg-organoids jia-liu john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences leah-burrows nano-letters organoids

Tree in Harvard Forest live tweets climate change

Tree in Harvard Forest outfitted with sensors, cameras, and other digital equipment sends out on-the-ground coverage.

Nate Herpich | Aug. 13, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology witness-tree fisher-meteorological-station harvard-forest lynda-mapes nate-herpich tim-rademacher treewatchnet twitter

Probiotic hydrogels heal gut wounds other bandages can’t reach

Harvard researchers have developed hydrogels that can be produced from bacterial cultures and applied to intestinal surfaces for faster wound healing.

Benjamin Boettner | Aug. 12, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: health-medicine bacterial-hydrogels curli-nanofibers e-coli gut harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences mucoadhesive-nanofibers seas wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering-at-harvard-university

Harvard undergrad Michael Chen works at the corner of med and tech

Undergraduate Michael Chen, who created an extraordinary program to help treat TB, also works with a student program to treat ordinary patients.

Jill Radsken | Aug. 9, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine andrew-beam applied-math biology biomedical-informatics-lab crimson-care-collaborative fas hms isaac-kohane jill-radsken maha-farhat medical-technology michael-chen sean-eddy tuberculosis

Early seismic waves hold the clue to the power of the main temblor

Scientists will be able to predict earthquake magnitudes earlier thanks to new research by Marine Denolle, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard.

Anna Fiorentino | Aug. 7, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: science-technology anna-fiorentino brad-lipovsky earth-and-planetary-sciences earthquakes eps fas geophysical-research-letters jiuxun-yin marine-denolle philippe-danre seismology

Climate change pushing up levels of methylmercury in fish

A new study concludes that while the regulation of mercury emissions have successfully reduced methylmercury levels in fish, spiking temperatures are driving those levels back up and will play a major role in the methylmercury levels of marine life in the future.

Leah Burrows | Aug. 7, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology atlantic-bluefin-tuna climate-change cod harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences mercury overfishing seas swordfish toxic-methylmercury

Harvard study suggests racial tension may stem from fear of exposure to infectious diseases

A postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Psychology Professor Matt Nock,Brian O’Shea is the lead author of a study that suggests racial tension may stem not from different groups being exposed to each other, but fear of a different sort of exposure — exposure to infectious diseases. The study is described in a July 15 paper published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Peter Reuell | Aug. 5, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine brian-oshea discrimination disease disease-exposure explicit-bias exposure faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard implicit-bias in-group infectious-disease oshea out-group peter-reuell prejudice project-implicit racial-tension reuell

CBD risks and the chance to rein in supplements

A marijuana derivative called cannabidiol, or CBD, has begun making its way into supplements and even into foods, a use that runs afoul of an FDA designation of the compound as a prescription drug. A Harvard Medical School associate professor says CBD’s tangled legal status may provide an opportunity not only to clear up its status, but to bring clarity to the entire supplements industry.

Alvin Powell | Aug. 2, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell cambridge-health-alliance cannabidiol cannabis cbd food-and-drug-administration harvard-medical-school pieter-cohen supplements


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