The dozens of FAS staff who gathered in University Hall on March 9 were honored as Dean’s Distinction award winners, with 59 recipients receiving a total of 61 awards.
A new study suggests that infant-directed song evolved as a way for parents to signal to children that their needs were being met, while leaving time for other tasks, like food foraging or caring for other offspring.
A trio of Harvard researchers has developed a new 3-D pictorial language for mathematics with potential as a tool across a wide spectrum, from pure math to physics.
Researchers have shown, for the first time, that chimpanzees learn certain grooming behaviors from their mothers. Once learned, chimps continued to perform the behavior long after the deaths of their mothers.
During a Q&A in advance of a conference on slavery at American universities, Harvard President Drew Faust explains the expanding effort in Cambridge to document the painful realities of the past.
New findings have the potential to help researchers more accurately identify microbiome enzymes and quantify their relative abundance.
Based on data collected from a French grocery store chain, a new Harvard study has found that minority workers were far less efficient in a handful of important metrics when working with biased managers.
A new Harvard study argues that technological approaches to sustainability must be accompanied by efforts to reduce inequality.
As part of Harvard’s Wintersession, a handful of freshmen got the chance to experience the reality of lab work by exploring how altering genes in yeast affected the cells’ functions.
In a trio of studies published earlier this month, researchers have shown that the process of catalysis is more dynamic than previously imagined, and that molecular forces can vastly influence the process.
A study suggests that while psychopaths do feel regret, however, it doesn’t affect their choices.
A Harvard undergraduate who now calls two coasts home learns to bridge the 3,000-mile gap.
A Harvard undergrad reflects on leaving home, but staying put.
With travel to the United States temporarily banned from some Muslim-majority nations, Harvard officials and students are rallying to support members of the global University’s international community.
Nearly a century after it was theorized, Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating metallic hydrogen. In addition to helping scientists answer some fundamental questions about the nature of matter, the material is theorized to have a wide range of applications, including as a room-temperature superconductor.
A look back at some of the Gazette’s most popular stories of 2016.
Harvard physicists Cumrun Vafa and Andrew Strominger have been named winners of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in recognition of their groundbreaking work in a number of areas, including black hole theory, quantum gravity, and string theory.
Using ultra-fast MRI scans, scientists are able to track rapid oscillations in brain activity that previously would have gone undetected, a development that could open the door to understanding fast-occurring cognitive processes that once appeared off-limits to scientists.
Using the atomic-scale quantum defects in diamonds known as nitrogen-vacancy centers to detect the magnetic field generated by neural signals, scientists working in the lab of Ronald Walsworth, a faculty member in Harvard’s Center for Brain Science and Physics Department, demonstrated a noninvasive technique that can show the activity of neurons.
At this time of year, most Harvard seniors are worrying about job interviews or graduate school applications, but not Dhruva Bhat and Julius Bright Ross. The two seniors will spend the next two years studying in the United Kingdom, Bhat as a Rhodes Scholar and Ross as a Marshall Scholar.
Students taking part in a new freshman seminar class learn to appreciate the sophistication of Neanderthals by manufacturing their own stone tools from scratch.
Harvard has joined the American Talent Initiative, a coalition of colleges and universities that seeks to attract, enroll, and graduate high-achieving, lower-income students.
Harvard University achieves ambitious climate goal set in 2008.
Two Harvard students were among those selected to receive prestigious Marshall Scholarships, which support up to two years of study in the United Kingdom.
With The Game at Harvard this year, two campuses merged into one as Yalies poured into Cambridge by the busload to stay in the Houses and get ready for some football. An undergraduate describes the scene.
Realizing new dreams, Harvard’s four newest Rhodes Scholars unveil plans for their Oxford years.
Despite decades of research aimed at understanding suicide, scientists are no better at predicting self-harm than they were a half-century ago.
Startup Magenta Therapeutics licenses technologies from Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital that could help transform treatment.
Danielle Allen has been named a University Professor. The political theorist and classicist has been recognized for her scholarly work on justice and citizenship.
Photos from Harvard ROTC’s 100th birthday show the intersection of service and academics through time.
Harvard graduate student Molly Edwards is the creator and host of “Science IRL (In Real Life),” a YouTube channel she launched more than a year ago while working as a lab technician at New York University. The show is dedicated to taking viewers inside labs for an up-close-and-personal view of the day-to-day work of scientists.
Oliver Hart, the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in economic sciences, takes on an old question in a new paper — what should the goals of a public company be?
Sculptures are dotted across campus in both public and private spaces.
Ten Harvard scientists have won the support of a new funding initiative by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Gates Foundation.
Using a machine-learning algorithm, researchers were able to “train” a computer to recognize the neural patterns associated with various scents, and identify whether specific odors were present in a mix of smells.
A group of researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has found a way for schools, professors, textbook publishers, and educational researchers to check the quality of their test questions that turns out to be both fast and cheap. It invokes the power of crowdsourcing.
Two recent studies have shown that cells early in development can be marked with a genetic barcode that later can be used to reconstruct their lineage.
In an effort to get a clearer picture of how the brain and the connections between its regions change throughout development, Harvard scientists and researchers from three other universities will share a $14 million grant to support one of the most comprehensive brain-imaging studies ever undertaken.
Scientists from Harvard and Google have demonstrated for the first time that a quantum computer could be used to model the electron interactions in a complex molecule.
A study found that both Rusingoryx atopocranion, a relative of the wildebeest, and hadrosaur dinosaurs evolved large bony domes on their foreheads, which were likely used as resonating chambers to warn of predators and communicate with others.
A new study sheds light on important differences between intentional and unintentional mind wandering.
Despite a visual system vastly different from that of humans, tests showed the bird could successfully identify both Kanizsa figures and occluded shapes. The findings suggest that birds may process visual information in a way that is similar to humans.
The neural architecture in the auditory cortex — the part of the brain that processes sound — of profoundly deaf and hearing people is virtually identical, a new study has found. The study could point the way toward potential new avenues for treating deafness.
Harvard’s varied dining halls attract undergraduates because of their intriguing spaces and moods, as well as their meals.
Chromatic aberration may explain how cephalopods can demonstrate such remarkable camouflage abilities despite being able to see only in black and white.
Harvard researchers are among the co-authors of a new study saying that the increase in life expectancy in the past two decades has been accompanied by an even greater increase in years free of disability, thanks in large measure to improvements in cardiovascular health and declines in vision problems.
Alumni from the 1950s to 2000s share their memories of Harvard and historical events that marked their time in Cambridge.
In celebration of the city of Cambridge and of the country’s oldest university, a number of neighboring churches and institutions ring their bells at the conclusion of Harvard’s 365th Commencement Exercises, for the 28th consecutive year.
Cambridge’s Irving Street has been the inspirational home to, among others, a famed psychologist, poet, chef, historian, chemist, and physicist.
A new study shows that gaze-following develops in monkeys in a way that’s nearly identical to humans, suggesting that the behavior has deep evolutionary roots.