Martin Elvis of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics warns that a loophole in the Outer Space Treaty leaves open the possibility of a race for resources on the moon.
A Beijing symposium co-sponsored by the Harvard China Project and the Harvard Global Institute explored the possibility of China adopting a carbon tax as a way to reduce climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. The Gazette spoke with economist Dale Jorgenson, the Samuel W. Morris University Professor, and Chris Nielsen, the executive director of the China Project, about the symposium and the broader issues involved.
Harvard initiates patent infringement suits to protect inventors’ rights in computer-chip technology.
The Gazette spoke with psychologist Richard Mollica about a lesser known crisis zone for the displaced: mental health.
Declining fish catches around the world have set off concerns about malnutrition, especially among the poor.
A study by Professor Gary King and two former graduate students points to an effort by the Chinese government to use social media to discourage anti-government action.
In his Commencement address, veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg urged the members of Harvard’s Class of 2016 to stick to their morals and act when necessary.
On a perfect sunny day in Harvard Yard, the University held its 365th Commencement in Tercentenary Theatre, with an emphasis on congratulations, rituals, and, most of all, celebrations.
Stephen Greenblatt and Robyn Schiff were the featured speakers at the 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises.
Erica Tukiainen used exercise to transform herself from a chubby kid to a collegiate basketball player. She wants to use lessons learned at the Harvard Chan School to help others add much-needed exercise to their lives.
Three new potential summer-abroad programs have been given seed funds from the President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences, money intended to finance exploratory travel to meet potential partners, explore excursion destinations, and do the kind of on-the-ground investigation that underlies a successful summer course.
The famed Glass Flowers gallery will reopen May 21 after the most extensive renovation in its history.
Scientists from Harvard Forest joined a group of experts calling for new regulations and stepped-up surveillance to stem a flood of invasive forest pests whose costs are borne by U.S. homeowners, cities, and towns.
Interview with geneticist George Church as part of the Experience series.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped launch a new Harvard climate change and global health initiative Thursday, saying that climate change impacts almost always affect human health.
Author and journalist Michael Pollan has spent a fellowship year at Radcliffe changing directions and focusing on a fresh project, exploring a budding rebirth of psychedelic drugs for medicinal uses.
Moiya McTier '16 blends her loves of space science and writing in a double concentration in astronomy and folklore and mythology, leading to a science fiction senior thesis.
Nine finance ministers from developing countries gathered at Loeb House to discuss the importance of health to a nation's economic performance and explore ways for health and finance ministers to work together.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Harvard President Drew Faust signed an agreement Friday to bring the Air Force ROTC program officially to campus.
The Affordable Care Act has narrowed health disparities along class and race lines, but not nearly as much as needed.
A Harvard Launch Lab startup headed by a Harvard Business School grad is focusing on the “battle between the ears” to transform people’s bodies, opening another front in the battle against obesity.
After a flood threatened to destroy the Harvard College Observatory's trove of glass plate negatives, staff members and students from around the University showed up to help move the plates to safety.
With an Overseer election underway, the Gazette talked with the incoming and outgoing presidents of the Board of Overseers about the board, its role at the University, and their experiences serving on it.
Harvard Astronomy Department chair Abraham Loeb played an important role in drafting initial plans announced Tuesday for a proposed trip to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri. Loeb talked about the plan and its biggest challenges.
Former Vice President Al Gore brought a dose of optimism about climate change to Harvard on April 7, saying the problems are severe, but the solutions are emerging.
Low-income parents face an extra challenge when trying to get their kids to eat healthy: the cost of food wasted if children refuse to eat it.
Students, faculty, and fellows are fanning out across the Boston area to take measurements aimed at determining where and how much natural gas is leaking and where the worst carbon dioxide emissions occur.
Flaminia Catteruccia, an associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, speaks to the Gazette about using genetically modified mosquitoes to combat the Zika virus and other diseases.
Husband and wife Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh have found a home at the Broad Institute to work toward a treatment for her fatal disease.
Language, literature, and the liberal arts are key disciplines in forming leaders, Harvard President Drew Faust said during a speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
"Standardized patients" are trained actors who role-play the sort of diagnostic puzzles regularly faced by practicing physicians. They interact with students at the Tosteson Medical Education Center at Harvard Medical School (HMS).
A study by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that moderate alcohol consumption can produce a temporary increase in heart attack and stroke risk.
The future of the President Obama’s Clean Power Plan hangs in the balance with the Supreme Court vote to freeze the plan in place, halting implementation while legal issues are decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and, likely, by the Supreme Court itself.
A new study out of Harvard Medical School and the National Running Center at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital examined why runners get injured so often.
National health insurance is just a first step to solving the divide between America’s well-off healthy and its poorer, sicker people, Harvard analysts say.
With a showdown over privacy and national security issues underway between Apple and the FBI, the Gazette spoke with cyber security expert Michael Sulmeyer and Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, about the pivotal yet competing issues raised by the case.
America’s top malaria official said that everyday politics presents one of the biggest threats against progress to eliminate the worldwide killer.
Harvard researchers contributed to a study identifying a 124-year freeze running from the sixth century into the seventh, with widely disruptive effects.
With the elderly beginning to outnumber the young around the world, workers, employers, and policymakers are rethinking retirement — what work we do, when to stop, and how to spend our later years.
The Gazette spoke with Michael Charness, chief of staff for the Harvard-affiliated VA Boston Healthcare System, about the CDC’s recommendations to sexually active woman of childbearing age: either use birth control or don’t drink.
Proper management can bring species back from the brink and create healthier ocean ecosystems, experts said during a Center for the Environment panel.
Inequality is rampant in American life and is a key topic in the presidential campaign, but Harvard faculty members have been exploring its many facets for decades, and suggesting some solutions.
New European ice-core data provides a view of the difficult times that led up to and may have worsened the Black Death.
As rhetoric against Muslims rises across the nation, members of the Harvard community increasingly are pondering how to safeguard and support the rights of all.
Panelists in a Harvard Chan School forum examined how the Paris climate agreement might affect human health.
For the English Department’s Gwen Urdang-Brown, crossword puzzles have always been a family affair. The first crossword puzzle appeared in the New York World newspaper on Dec. 21, 1913. (Dec. 21 is now recognized as Crossword Puzzle Day.)
The Paris agreement to fight climate change greatly expands the international commitment to the cause, Harvard Professor Stavins says.
Harvard psychiatrist Ronald Schouten answers questions on the San Bernardino attack and the psychology behind both terrorism and the fear it spreads.
Harvard scientists are helping launch a new initiative to foster collaboration among scientists working at the intersection of the environment and health.
Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the principal investigator of the diabetes component of the landmark Nurses’ Health Study, responded to the latest Center for Disease Control and Prevention findings in an interview with the Gazette.