Researchers discovered hundreds of genetic “switches” that influence height, then performed tests that demonstrated how one such switch altered the function of a key gene involved in height difference.
Researchers have developed a special type of quantum computer, known as a quantum simulator, that is programmed by capturing super-cooled rubidium atoms with lasers and arranging them in a specific order, then allowing quantum mechanics to do the necessary calculations.
Visiting professor and Washington Post political columnist E.J. Dionne on how he started as a journalist, self-editing, and the art of persuasion.
Harvard senior Lily Calcagnini’s history and literature concentration places fashion front and center in cultural theory.
Harvard scientists are among those who will receive more than $150 million in funding over the next five years through the National Institutes of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.
New research on the immune system suggests that the molecule interferon plays an important role in activating antiviral genes across many tissues, helping against infection.
Researchers found that if just three outlets write about a particular major national policy topic, discussion of that topic across social media rises by more than 62 percent.
Colleagues, friends honor longtime Harvard administrator Henry Rosovsky at 90.
Four Harvard professors engage students in a weekly dialogue that looks at wisdom as it relates to how we experience the world, and the strategies we need to have a moral life amid uncertainty.
Scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute have developed a new class of DNA base editor that can repair the type of mutations that account for half of human disease-associated point mutations. These single-letter mutations are associated with disorders ranging from genetic blindness to sickle-cell anemia to metabolic disorders to cystic fibrosis.
Harvard psychology chair Mahzarin Banaji is working with a research fellow to launch a new project called “Outsmarting Human Minds.”
After more than a year of renovations at Winthrop House, returning students have discovered a residence that combines neo-Georgian character with 21st-century amenities.
Using high-speed cameras, Harvard researchers have shown that ant-mimicking jumping spiders don’t walk on six legs in an attempt to appear more ant-like, but instead walk with all eight and take tiny, 100-millisecond pauses to lift their front legs to make them resemble ant antennae.
Online attackers may be able to purchase enough personal information to alter voter registration information in as many as 35 states and the District of Columbia, a new study says.
New findings point to a surprising link between a genetic variant that favors shortness and an increased risk of osteoarthritis.
A team of researchers has found that the stability plays a key role in the evolution of different protein structures.
A new study has found that, following momentary exposure to inequality, support for a "millionaire’s tax" dropped by more than 50 percent.
A new study shows that, despite having no experience using tools with their hands, the brains of people born without hands represent tools and hands much the same as seen in the brains of people born with hands.
Inspired by arthropod insects and spiders, scientists George Whitesides and Alex Nemiroski have created a type of semi-soft robot capable of walking, using drinking straws, and inflatable tubing. The team was even able to create a robotic water strider capable of pushing itself along the water’s surface.
Ideas in language, health, and astronomy are winners in this year’s Star Family Challenge, a grant that funds high-risk, high-reward research.
A team of physicists has taken a crucial step toward understanding superconductors by creating a quantum antiferromagnet from an ultracold gas of hundreds of lithium atoms.
Plans for immersive student experiences in Canada’s far north and in Italy received grants from the President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences.
Joshua R. Sanes, the Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and founding director of the Center for Brain Science, has been named recipient of the 2017 Gruber Neuroscience Prize.
A new Harvard study shows that people create visual images to accompany their inner speech even when they are prompted to use verbal thinking, suggesting that visual thinking is deeply ingrained in the human brain.
The five faculty members named Harvard College Professors this month all share a talent for making their respective subjects come alive in the classroom.
Study says that female M.B.A. students may downplay their career ambitions if they sense doing otherwise will harm their marriage prospects.
Professors Elena Kramer and Martin Nowak have been named the recipients of the 2016 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.
New research not only sheds new light on how hearing works, but could help clarify how it deteriorates over time.
The dozens of FAS staff who gathered in University Hall on March 9 were honored as Dean’s Distinction award winners, with 59 recipients receiving a total of 61 awards.
A new study suggests that infant-directed song evolved as a way for parents to signal to children that their needs were being met, while leaving time for other tasks, like food foraging or caring for other offspring.
A trio of Harvard researchers has developed a new 3-D pictorial language for mathematics with potential as a tool across a wide spectrum, from pure math to physics.
Researchers have shown, for the first time, that chimpanzees learn certain grooming behaviors from their mothers. Once learned, chimps continued to perform the behavior long after the deaths of their mothers.
New findings have the potential to help researchers more accurately identify microbiome enzymes and quantify their relative abundance.
Based on data collected from a French grocery store chain, a new Harvard study has found that minority workers were far less efficient in a handful of important metrics when working with biased managers.
A new Harvard study argues that technological approaches to sustainability must be accompanied by efforts to reduce inequality.
In a trio of studies published earlier this month, researchers have shown that the process of catalysis is more dynamic than previously imagined, and that molecular forces can vastly influence the process.
A study suggests that while psychopaths do feel regret, however, it doesn’t affect their choices.
Nearly a century after it was theorized, Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating metallic hydrogen. In addition to helping scientists answer some fundamental questions about the nature of matter, the material is theorized to have a wide range of applications, including as a room-temperature superconductor.
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.
Students taking part in a new freshman seminar class learn to appreciate the sophistication of Neanderthals by manufacturing their own stone tools from scratch.
FAS Giving Thanks garners more than 4,000 notes of appreciation for faculty and staff.
Despite decades of research aimed at understanding suicide, scientists are no better at predicting self-harm than they were a half-century ago.
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?
Sarah Lewis ’97 talks to the Gazette about returning to Harvard to join the faculty of the History of Art and Architecture.
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.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ summer Diversity Dialogue, “Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace,” gave voice to the transition and how to make it come together.
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.