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.
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.