Harvard University

'On' switches for cells

(Phys.org) —Whether human or animal, vertebrate or invertebrate, nearly every creature begins life as a tiny clump of cells. Before those cells can begin blossoming toward being a fully formed organism, ...

Feb 03, 2014
4.7 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Rethinking the roots of altruism

For decades, researchers working to understand how altruistic behavior evolved have relied on a concept known as inclusive fitness, which holds that organisms receive an evolutionary benefit—and are able ...

Jan 13, 2014
4.2 / 5 (10) 30 | with audio podcast

So, who owns the Internet?

A clash over who should decide which information flows through Internet networks—and at what price—is now before a Washington, D.C., federal appeals court in a landmark case that could grant Internet ...

Jan 08, 2014
4.8 / 5 (18) 8 | with audio podcast

What makes a data visualization memorable?

It's easy to spot a "bad" data visualization—one packed with too much text, excessive ornamentation, gaudy colors, and clip art. Design guru Edward Tufte derided such decorations as redundant at best, useless ...

Oct 16, 2013
4.2 / 5 (6) 0 | with audio podcast

A hidden genetic code for better designer genes

Scientists routinely seek to reprogram bacteria to produce proteins for drugs, biofuels and more, but they have struggled to get those bugs to follow orders. But a hidden feature of the genetic code, it turns ...

Sep 26, 2013
5 / 5 (7) 0 | with audio podcast