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detail of an eye

Focusing on the fovea

First cellular atlas could prove valuable resource in study of blinding diseases


CT scans of crocodile skulls.

Facing crocodiles head-on

Study examines how evolution modified the long-surviving reptiles’ snouts


Heavy seas come ashore in Massachusetts.

And now, land may be sinking

Study suggests mid-Atlantic is getting lower, which may exacerbate effects of sea-level rise


Hal Harvey gives climate talk.

Think different, act more

Environmental policy advocate suggests new paths to combat climate change


neurone string

More than a courier

Once seen as the nerve cells’ foot soldier, the axon emerges as an independent decision-maker


Emily Balskus standing in her office

Microbial manufacturing

Study unravels how microbes produce key compound used to fight cancer


Astronaut Scott Kelly along with his brother, former Astronaut Mark Kelly

Twins in space

Researcher sketches findings of NASA study of how zero gravity affects the body


Nicole Nelson.

When science is unreliable

Radcliffe scholar Nicole C. Nelson probes key moments in reproducibility crisis


Desmognathus fuscus. That is one of the lungless salamanders featured in the study

Looking at lunglessness

Study shows lungless salamanders’ skin expresses protein crucial for lung function


The Arboretum’s collection makes studying the comparative biology of trees near effortless. A weeping katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Mokioka Weeping, pictured) grows just meters away from the typical, upright form, allowing a scientist the easiest of access to contrast them.

A growing role as a living lab

At Arboretum, researchers find ‘all of the species we would ever want to look at, and then some’


Stepping inside a dead star

Team uses detailed data to create a virtual-reality display of what’s left after explosion


Teeth may be an important new resource for understanding the lives of our extinct relatives, said Daniel Green, a postdoctoral fellow at the Forsyth Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Dental School of Medicine.

Reading teeth

Study uses rings in teeth to understand the environment Neanderthals faced