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.
Geologist sees a path to easing fracking concerns
The natural gas boom that transformed the energy picture in the United States in the last decade is still in its infancy, says John Shaw, chair of Harvard's Earth and Planetary Sciences Department.
Injectable 3D vaccines could fight cancer and infectious diseases
One of the reasons cancer is so deadly is that it can evade attack from the body's immune system, which allows tumors to flourish and spread. Scientists can try to induce the immune system, known as immunotherapy, to go into ...
Study shows how association, learning can lead to exposure to disease
The ability to adopt new behaviors and ideas—whether learned or invented—has helped humans develop everything from stone tools and agriculture to revolutionary communications technologies like the World Wide Web. But ...
Minuscule chips for NMR spectroscopy promise portability, parallelization
A team of engineers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Schlumberger-Doll Research Center in Cambridge, Mass., and the University of Texas, Austin, have created a truly portable device for nuclear ...
New single-cell analysis reveals complex variations in stem cells
Stem cells offer great potential in biomedical engineering due to their pluripotency, which is the ability to multiply indefinitely and also to differentiate and develop into any kind of the hundreds of different cells and ...
Scientists race to halt decomposition of world's oldest mummies
At least two thousand years before the ancient Egyptians began mummifying their pharaohs, a hunter-gatherer people called the Chinchorro living along the coast of modern-day Chile and Peru developed elaborate methods to mummify ...
Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa wood
In wind farms across North America and Europe, sleek turbines equipped with state-of-the-art technology convert wind energy into electric power. But tucked inside the blades of these feats of modern engineering is a decidedly ...
A focus on flight: Study shows birds use just two postures to avoid obstacles during flight
Navigating through a cluttered environment at high speed is among the greatest challenges in biology - and it's one virtually all birds achieve with ease. It's a feat David Williams hopes to understand.
The hemihelix: Scientists discover a new shape using rubber bands (w/ video)
While setting out to fabricate new springs to support a cephalopod-inspired imaging project, a group of Harvard researchers stumbled upon a surprising discovery: the hemihelix, a shape rarely seen in nature.
Status shift for whale pelvic bones
For decades, scientists assumed that the relatively small pelvic bones found in whales were simple remnants of their land-dwelling past, "useless vestiges" that served no real purpose, akin to the human appendix or tailbone.