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A new Harvard study suggests that people around the globe can identify lullabies, dancing songs, and healing songs — regardless of the songs’ cultural origin — after hearing just a 14-second clip.

Songs in the key of humanity

Some musical meaning may transcend cultural boundaries and be universally human, study says

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Griffin the parrot

Discerning bird

Researchers’ African grey parrot puts (young) humans to shame in volume-focused tests

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Image of doctor walking down corridor

When the doctor’s away

If fill-in physicians provide care, hospital mortality stays steady, study says

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Harvard scientists are among those who will receive more than $150 million in funding over the next five years through the National Institute of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. This marks part of an effort to gain insight into the workings of the brain.

Unraveling the brain’s secrets

Harvard researchers among those receiving more than $150 million in funding from the NIH BRAIN Initiative

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A panel at the Harvard Chan School discussed new options to reduce the statistic that has 1 in 11 Americans with diabetes. Professor Sara Bleich (third from left) suggested a food policy that would make consumers less dependent on willpower alone. Other panelists included Howard Wolpert (from left), Elizabeth Halprin, and LaShawn McIver.

Hitting diabetes where we eat

Taxes, calorie counts should be part of more aggressive attack against epidemic, experts say

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Life of the party

Microbial palettes and patterns make strange, spectacular slideshow

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“Although previous work has shown how intermittent fasting can slow aging, we are only beginning to understand the underlying biology,” said William Mair, associate professor at Harvard Chan School. Mitochondrial networks in the muscle cells of C. elegans (pictured) have been key elements in the study.

In pursuit of healthy aging

Harvard study shows how intermittent fasting and manipulating mitochondrial networks may increase lifespan

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