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

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

Theory that ridged skin helps dolphins debunked

New study debunks long-held theory that dolphins had ridged skin, which helped them swim faster.

Clea Simon | July 18, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology clea-simon dolphin-skin fas george-lauder marine-mammal oeb organismic-and-evolutionary-biology royal-society-biology-letters-journal

Researchers eye flashy coats of peacock spiders in pursuit of new solar products

Dakota McCoy, in collaboration with David Haig, led a group of researchers at Harvard studying the black spider and its ultrablack coat with microlenses that could lead to innovations in solar panels and sunglasses glare.

Anna Fiorentino | July 10, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology anna-fiorentino anti-reflective black-spiders cody-mccoy dakota-mccoy david-haig fas gsas joanna-aizenberg microlenses peacock-spiders seas victoria-mccoy

Harvard study suggests asteroids might play key role in spreading life

Scientists at the Institute for Theory and Computation have made a comprehensive calculation suggesting that panspermia could happen, and have found that as many as 10 trillion asteroid-sized objects might exist that carry life.

Peter Reuell | July 8, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology abraham-loeb asteroid faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas galactic-panspermia ginsburg harvard idan-ginsburg life lingam loeb manasvi-lingam microbes nanobacteria panspermia

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

New NASA program studies sea and sky to better understand ocean worlds in space

A new NASA-funded program will study water worlds and environments to understand the limits of life as part of the search for life on other planets.

Clea Simon | July 1, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology christopher-german clea-simon donna-blackman exploring-ocean-worlds fas network-for-ocean-worlds organismic-and-evolutionary-biology peter-girguis tori-hoebler volcanoes water woods-hole-oceanographic-institution

Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman turns his attention to walking

A running-studies pioneer takes a look at walking, with and without shoes, and gives calluses a thumbs-up.

Jed Gottlieb | June 26, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology calluses dan-lieberman daniel-lieberman fas human-evolutionary-biology jed-gottlieb nick-howolka walking

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