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Harvard-Led Collaboration Makes 'Historic Discovery' on Big Bang

An astrophysics team, headed by Harvard associate astronomy professor John M. Kovac, announced on Monday that it has discovered the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation and gravitational waves.

Science

NPR Host Teaches Scientists How To Better Communicate Their Findings

David S. Kestenbaum said scientists can express their complex works in understandable and interesting terms using the same techniques that are used on public radio.

Faculty

Physics Professors Win Prestigious Award

Physics professors Andrew E. Strominger ’77 and Cumrun Vafa were awarded the Milner Foundation’s Fundamental Physics Prize earlier this week.

Research

Hey Professor: Mikhail D. Lukin

The chance to channel your inner Obi Wan Kenobi might be closer than you think.

Science

Physics Professors Approach Real-Life Lightsaber

More than 40 years after the Star Wars saga's debut, Harvard physics professor Mikhail Lukin and MIT physics professor Vladan Vuletić say that they are closer to making the film’s iconic lightsaber a reality.

Public Science & Cooking
On Campus

What To Do When You Didn't Win the Lottery

So the course of your dreams—convenient time slot, knocks out a Gen Ed, cross-counts for concentration credit—has been lotteried, and the professor writes to you: "Looking forward to a great semester of this class—except without you in it." No need to panic just yet, though. On this Study Card Day Eve, Flyby's got you covered.

A Talk with Dr. Stephen Wolfram
College

A Talk with Dr. Stephen Wolfram

Dr. Stephen Wolfram, scientist and founder of search engine WolframAlpha and computation software Mathematica, suggests at a lecture Thursday that computation will be increasingly critical to a broad range of fields.

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College

Concentration Satisfaction: Class of 2012

As freshmen enter the second week of Advising Fortnight, Flyby presents a complete set of data from the Class of 2012's concentration satisfaction ratings. For all freshmen looking to narrow down the list of potential concentrations, sophomores or juniors curious about their chosen concentrations, and seniors reflecting on their undergraduate careers, here are the stats from last year's graduating seniors on how satisfied they were with their respective concentrations. Check out our four interactive graphs showing overall satisfaction rates among Humanities, Natural Sciences, SEAS, and Social Sciences concentrators in the Class of 2012.

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The folklore and mythology concentration saw two of its seven junior concentrators make PBK's "Junior 24," while large concentrations like government and economics saw just one concentrator apiece make the list.

Books

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Awais Hussain'15, a sophomore in Eliot House, is exploring the intersection of Arts and Science by pursuing a joint degree in Physics and Philosophy.

SEAS

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Peter S. Pershan sits in front of the pictures he took while in Alaska. He is teaching a course on the Science of Photography this semester.

MIT

EdX Adds Physics Course to Spring Course Roster

Renowned MIT physics professor and virtual education veteran Walter Lewin has added his popular course on electricity and magnetism to this spring’s edX class offerings, announced the online educational platform on Tuesday.

Science

Physics Professor Explains Dark Energy

In a talk Tuesday evening, Christopher W. Stubbs, a professor of physics and astronomy, provided insight into the nebulous concept dubbed “dark energy.”

SEAS

Physics 11 Offered For Last Time This Year

The physics department has restructured its introductory physics curriculum to remove overlap between courses and to offer students diversity in teaching methodology.

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Visual Arts

Art House

Youth Homelessness in the Square
Harvard Square

For Homeless Youth, Age Can Compound Challenges of Life on the Streets

On Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombings
Boston Marathon

VIDEO: Looking Back One Year Later, Harvard Affiliates Prepare to Return to Finish Line

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Arts

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance