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.
Five faculty members have been selected as Harvard College Professors, five-year appointments that provide them with extra support for research or scholarly activities, a semester of paid leave, or summer salary.
The Star Family Challenge makes grants every year to high-risk, high-reward research efforts that might not receive funding through other programs. This year’s recipients are Edo Berger, Katia Bertoldi, Edward Glaeser, Talia Konkle, and Bence Ölveczky.
Visiting professor Sasha Kimel examined whether information about genetic links can influence groups in conflict.
Using phage-assisted continuous evolution (PACE) technology developed by Harvard professor David Liu and his co-workers, a team of researchers has evolved new forms of a natural insecticidal protein called “Bt toxin,” which can be used to help control Bt toxin resistance in insects.
Cassandra Extavour is the author of a new study that points to a different mechanism as an ancestral process for specifying germ cells.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that income is closely correlated with life expectancy, with the richest Americans living as much as 15 years longer than the poorest — and even the poor living longer in wealthy areas.
By examining more than 500 years of harvest records, researchers found that wine grape harvests across France, on average, now occur two weeks earlier than in the past, largely due to climate change. While earlier harvests are normally associated with higher quality wines, researchers caution the trend likely won’t last.
The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator will collaborate with Merck to develop small-molecule therapy for the most common form of acute leukemia.
Every House is best: The Class of 2019 learns their housing fate.
A study last year claiming that more than half of all psychology studies cannot be replicated turns out to be wrong. Harvard researchers have discovered that the study contains several statistical and methodological mistakes, and that when these are corrected, the study actually shows that the replication rate in psychology is quite high.
Grasslands across North America will face higher summer temperatures and widespread drought by the end of the century, a study says, but those negative effects should be offset by an earlier start to the spring growing season and warmer winter.
Harvard joins other private universities in legal brief asking NLRB to keep prior ruling avoiding graduate student unions.
Nancy Kleckner, the Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Biology, has been awarded the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal by the Genetics Society of America in recognition of her many significant contributions to our understanding of chromosomes and the mechanisms of inheritance.
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Yosvany Terry is bringing the music of his native Cuba to campus as a senior lecturer and leader of the Harvard Jazz Ensembles.
A state-of-the-art microscope built by Harvard researchers will allow scientists to capture 3-D images of all the neural activity in the brains of tiny, transparent C. elegans worms as they crawl.
In a surprising finding that runs counter to most climate change research, Harvard scientists examining temperature records have shown that, in regions with the most intense farming, peak summer temperatures have declined over the decades.
Erin O’Shea, the Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has been named the sixth president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
A postdoctoral fellow has launched a citizen-science project that aims to digitize thousands of pages of detailed observations on the life cycles of African trees.
Jene Golovchenko and John Johnson are the 2015 winners of the Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.
Using a visual test that is known to prompt different reactions in autistic and normal brains, Harvard researchers have shown that those differences were associated with a breakdown in the signaling pathway used by one of the brain’s chief inhibitory neurotransmitters.
Inaugural study shows that Harvard alumni worldwide create vast businesses and nonprofit organizations, accounting for millions of jobs, economic impact, and volunteering success.
Using a simple game in which candy is distributed between two players, researchers found that children in various countries were quick to reject unfair deals, but in three countries they were also willing to reject deals unfair to others.
Cambridge’s Old Burying Ground is the final resting place of Harvard presidents and paupers alike, and has centuries of tales to tell.
It’s a question most attorneys wish they could answer: How and why do judges and juries arrive at their decisions? The answer, according to Joshua ...
A new study suggests that two adjacent brain regions allow humans to use a sort of conceptual algebra to construct thoughts.
Michael D. Smith, Edgerly Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced five new Harvard College Professors in 2015.
As one of four sponsors, Harvard will be a major player in HUBweek, hosting 18 presentations celebrating Boston area innovation.
Researchers from MIT and Harvard have identified a new cheating method in MOOCs, and they suggest how to protect course certification.
Harvard, Cambridge mayor host 40th annual senior picnic.
Cherry A. Murray, former dean of Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was nominated by President Obama to be director of the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy, a key administration post.
Harvard scientists have developed a method for creating a class of nanowires that could one day see applications in everything from consumer electronics to solar panels.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on October 7, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late James Lawrence Medoff, Meyer Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry, was spread upon the records. Professor Medoff was an influential labor economist whose distinctive methods and broad interests expanded the vision of his field.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on November 4, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Calvert Ward Watkins, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Linguistics and the Classics, Emeritus, was spread upon the records. A larger-than-life Indo-Europeanist, Professor Watkins’s scholarship, including contributions to the American Heritage Dictionary, was a compelling blend of clarity, authority, and elegance.