Harvard University was established in 1636 and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Harvard University is a private institution with an endowment of nearly $30 billion and annually attracts research grants from private and governmental sources. Harvard is divided into schools and research institutes. Among the most noteworthy for our purposes is the Harvard Medical School, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard School of Pubic Health, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Gazette publication covers Harvard as a whole. Each of the schools and institutes publish separate news releases and updates of their research, which may be accessed via their Web page. Media inquiries are welcome.
Sequencing Ebola's secrets
Last June, in the early days of the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, a team of researchers sequenced the genome of the deadly virus at unprecedented scale and speed. Their findings revealed a number of critical facts as ...
A leap for 'artificial leaf': Generating power by breaking up water molecules
As an idea, the notion of an "artificial leaf" was always meant to be simple: Could scientists, using a handful of relatively cheap materials, harness the power of light to generate two powerful fuels—hydrogen and oxygen—by ...
Improving accuracy in genome editing
Imagine a day when scientists are able to alter the DNA of organisms in the lab in the search for answers to a host of questions. Or imagine a day when doctors treat genetic disorders by administering drugs designed to alter ...
Crowdsourced computational expertise to advance the social good
William "Buddy" Christopher has a problem. As commissioner of Boston's Inspectional Services Department, he is responsible for enforcing health regulations at the city's 3,043 restaurants. But regularly getting to all of ...
Acceleration in sea level rise far larger than initially thought, study shows
The acceleration in global sea level from the 20th century to the last two decades has been significantly larger than scientists previously thought, according to a new Harvard study.
The biological spoils of war: Study finds those who take part in violent conflict have more wives, children
Violent conflict may, under certain conditions, offer a biological benefit to those who take part in it, a Harvard study has found.
Valuable Massachusetts ecosystems shrinking, doing more with less
All land is not created equal. Some ecosystems do triple duty in the benefits they provide to society. Massachusetts forests, for example, filter public drinking water while also providing habitat for threatened species and ...
Researchers discover bacteria propelled by a kind of rotary driver
Harvard researchers, probing the mystery of how some bacteria move across surfaces, have discovered a kind of rotary motor in the bacterium Flavobacterium johnsoniae.
How a system that made elephants half-captive likely ensured their survival
Author Vicki Croke knows her elephants. A regular contributor to National Public Radio's "Here & Now" and co-host of "The Wild Life" on WBUR, Croke is the author of the New York Times best-seller "Elephant Company." She discusses ...
The secret to an effortless, split-second slime attack
The velvet worm is a slow-moving, unassuming creature. With its soft body, probing antennae, and stubby legs, it looks like a slug on stilts as it creeps along damp logs in tropical climates.