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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


Jezero Crater.

Picturing early Mars

Robin Wordsworth of SEAS explains why just-announced landing site excites researchers


Charles Davis

Critical collections

Importance of biological samples and their preservation goes beyond the obvious