A team of Harvard researchers has demonstrated that the bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris can use natural conductivity to pull electrons from minerals located remotely in soil and sediment while remaining at the surface, where it absorbs the sunlight needed to produce energy.
FAS Dean Michael D. Smith recognized the hard work and contributions of 52 FAS employees during the fifth annual Dean’s Distinction Awards ceremony and reception, held in University Hall on Thursday.
Female academics are less likely to collaborate across rank, a Harvard study found.
Junior Parents Weekend drew more than 1,300 relatives and guests of the Class of 2015.
New Harvard research points to a sharper method for evaluating basketball players.
In the Instructional Physics/SEAS Instrument Lab, a machine shop tucked in the basement of Lyman Laboratory, students learn to use a range of equipment — everything from lathes to laser cutters to 3-D printers.
Led by Professor David Liu, a team of researchers has developed a technique to continuously evolve biomolecules that uses negative selection — the ability to drive evolution away from certain traits — to create molecules with dramatically altered properties.
Joint exhibitions at Houghton Library and Loeb Music Library mark the 300th anniversary of composer C.P.E. Bach’s birth and the first publication of his complete works, as well as discoveries and acquisitions that were made along the way.
A new study has uncovered a previously unseen phenomenon — that curved surfaces can dramatically alter the shape of crystals as they form.
Photographer and arts historian Deborah Willis launches the Hutchins Center’s spring series of noontime lectures with a look at modern artists and their radical, racial alterations of iconic art.
Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock begins his post as the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard with some wisdom from Miles Davis. Hancock’s next lecture, “Breaking the Rules” will take place Feb. 12.
Originally scheduled to operate on the Red Planet’s surface for 90 Martian days, the rover Opportunity has now logged more than 3,500 days, traveled nearly 39 kilometers, and collected a trove of data that scientists have used to study the planet’s early history, particularly any past traces of water.
A new study offers the first evidence that fetal sex can affect the amount of milk cows produce, a finding that could have major economic implications for dairy farmers.
Applications to Harvard have remained near record highs for the fourth year in a row. This year, 34,295 sought admission to the Class of 2018.
Scientists at Harvard have identified a previously unknown embryonic signal, dubbed Toddler, that instructs cells to move and reorganize themselves, through a process known as gastrulation, into three layers.
During Wintersession, nine College students traveled to New York City as A.R.T. interns to help Artistic Director Diane Paulus and her production team in the exciting, exhaustive process of bringing a new production to life. The musical “Witness Uganda” will have its world premiere at the A.R.T. on Feb. 4.
Harvard symposium embraces the goals and challenges of collecting and processing massive amounts of information on key complex issues.
A visit by a master of traditional Japanese carpentry launches an unusual Harvard exhibit of tools, techniques, and woods that have been used for centuries.
Newly revealed plans for the renewal of Dunster House show significantly expanded social and program spaces and new horizontal corridors that will complement the traditional vertical entryways.
January@GSAS offered more than 100 classes, seminars, and training sessions to students in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences during semester break. Students had the chance to escape the lab or library, and spend time exploring subjects that might not otherwise appear in a Harvard course catalog.
Lauren Greenfield ’87 spoke with a Harvard audience about her 25 years of experience as a photographer and filmmaker as part of the Office for the Arts’ “Harvard JAMS!” series. The sessions connect students and members of the Harvard community with alumni who have made a career in entertainment or the arts.
Cuttlefish, the “chameleon of the sea,” may offer researchers a model for bio-inspired human camouflage and color-changing products, some of which could be invaluable in wartime.
Harvard is well represented on the U.S. women's hockey team competing for gold at the Sochi Olympics. Includes the video "Playing for Coach Stone" and a photo gallery of Harvard's players.
Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell delivers a master class on song interpretation as part of Harvard's Wintersession program.
A group of students from Harvard and Brazil toured the Deer Island sewage-treatment plant as part of a two-week program to investigate how cities adapt to seas rising due to climate change.
Wintersession is the time between terms that allows students who have returned before the start of classes to experience unique opportunities they may not otherwise pursue during the semester. Once again this year, undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and alumni came together to participate in a vast array of programming.
Four creations are back on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Glass Flowers gallery after a long absence.
Rakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School and co-master of Cabot House, will become dean of Harvard College on July 1. In a question-and-answer session, he discussed how his career and tenure as House co-master helped prepare him for the tasks ahead.
At the 3,700-acre Harvard Forest, three wood-fired boilers are providing scientists with a new tool to expand their understanding of climate change, while generating sustainable energy as well.
Scot Miller’s photographs from the Maine wilderness, inspired by Thoreau’s “Maine Woods,” are on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Rakesh Khurana, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School and co-master of Cabot House, has been named the new dean of Harvard College.
Though variability is often portrayed as a flaw to be overcome, Harvard researchers now say that, in motor function, it is a key feature of the nervous system that helps promote better or more successful ways to perform a particular action.
Science met the community Monday night at The Burren pub in Davis Square, Somerville, when Harvard Biology Professor David Haig talked about huddling and the importance of conserving body heat among mammals and birds.
Harvard scientists say they’re closer to unraveling one of the most basic questions in neuroscience — how the brain encodes likes and dislikes — with the discovery of the first receptors in any species evolved to detect cadaverine and putrescine, two of the chemical byproducts responsible for the distinctive — and to most creatures repulsive — smell of rotting flesh.
New research brings scientists closer to unraveling one of the longest-standing questions in evolutionary biology — whether limbs, particularly hind limbs, evolved before or after early vertebrates left the oceans for life on land.
A Q&A with science Professor Lisa Randall, author of a new book explaining the significance of the Higgs boson, and why its discovery matters.
In a new study, Harvard researchers find that inclusive fitness — for decades a standard tool in understanding how altruism evolved — often leads to incorrect conclusions.
HarvardX, the University-wide initiative supporting faculty experimentation in teaching and learning through technology, will launch 14 new and returning online offerings through the winter and spring.
In making the most precise measurements ever of the shape of electrons, Harvard and Yale scientists have raised serious doubts about several popular theories of what lies beyond the Higgs boson.
A gathering of the Leverett clan, amid House renewal, includes students living elsewhere temporarily.
A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and sun far more economical and reliable.
Josh Zoffer ’14 and Ben Sprung-Keyser ’15 have won the 34th edition of the World Universities Debating Championship.
From the violence of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot to Earth’s own extreme weather, Ziff Environmental Fellow Pedram Hassanzadeh is investigating atmospheric vortices, those swirling air masses that make the weather go — and sometimes make it stop.
A new Harvard study shows that, in as little as a day, diet can alter the population of microbes in the gut – particularly those that tolerate bile - as well as the types of genes expressed by gut bacteria.
A diverse and inclusive workplace is good for business, said Eddie Pate, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Avanade Inc., in a dialogue session involving the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Visual and Environmental Studies students visited the Harvard Map Collection to see the spoils of a scavenger hunt for the longest map, the smallest map, and other cartographic treasures.
News of recovery efforts left the headlines in the month after Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines. But Harvard College students continue to raise awareness and funds for relief. So far, they have raised $12,000 and hope to continue as the most devastated parts of the Philippines begin the slow, long process of rebuilding.
Harvard College recognized 111 students who graduated midyear, outside the traditional Commencement cycle.
Though it has been embraced by everyone from advocates for arts education to parents hoping to encourage their kids to stick with piano lessons, two new studies conducted by Harvard researchers show no effect of music training on the cognitive abilities of young children.
A Scholars at Risk panel investigates the universal uses of narrative and the hard-wired human need for storytelling.