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Science with a Twist: Harvard Researchers Discover Helix Shape

It might be time to take a closer glance at the nearest landline phone cord. Harvard researchers recently discovered a new shape—the hemihelix—which can be found in helical-like structures such as phone cords or slinkies. Shapes like the hemihelix might shed light on the process of creating three dimensional shapes from two dimensional starting materials, researchers said.

University Finances

Pershing Square Foundation Gives $17 Million To Fund Human Behavior Initiative

The gift will fund three new professorships and give grants to Harvard faculty and graduate students.


Broad Institute Finds Gene Mutation, Prevents Diabetes

Researchers at the Broad Institute have discovered several gene mutations that potentially protect against type 2 diabetes, according to a journal article published in Nature Genetics earlier this month.

Schrag at Lowell

Professor Discusses the Challenges of Policy-Making and Climate Change

Students, resident scholars, and House Masters alike gathered Tuesday evening for a Lowell Masters’ Dinner to discuss climate change and policy-making with renowned environmental science and engineering professor, Daniel P. Schrag.

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Scientists Modify Cotton and Polyester to Display Repellent Properties

By modifying cotton and polyester fabrics with a coating that repels almost any type of substance, a research team from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering could be close to changing the nature of several consumer and industrial products—as well as the need for laundry.


50 Years After "Big Bang" Theory, Experts Discuss Universe's Origins, Future

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of research validating the "big bang," experts from Harvard and elsewhere spoke Thursday.

Harvard Medical School

Researchers Identify New Treatment for Kidney Disease

A group of researchers led by Dr. Peter H. Mundel at Massachusetts General Hospital has recently identified the first targeted therapy for a specific type of kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS.


Undergraduates Receive Collegiate Inventors Competition Award

Four Harvard undergraduates have received second place and a $10,000 award in the national Collegiate Inventors Competition for their development of a convenient, low-cost chemotherapy patch, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences announced Tuesday.

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Energy Official Advocates Climate Adaptation

John M. Deutch, who served in multiple capacities for the Department of Energy and later directed the Central Intelligence Agency under President Bill Clinton, lectured Wednesday on the future of global energy, expressing a need for adaptation and not just mitigation to climate change.

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Addressing the Elephant in the Room in Cancer Genetic

Researchers from Harvard Medical School have predicted that many more tumor suppressor and oncogenes have a combined effect on the development of disease than originally thought, concluding that cancer is even more complex than imagined.


Think You Have Strep Throat? There’s an App for That

Using troves of data to allow patients to know whether they are at risk for strep throat, Harvard Medical School researchers hope to lessen the number of unnecessary visits Americans make to their doctors for strep tests.

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Scientists Use Zebrafish To Turn Human Stem Cells into Muscle Tissue

Harvard researchers have used Zebrafish, a tropical freshwater fish, to develop a way to turn human stem cells into muscle tissue.

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Scientists Discover New Species in Australia

A recent scientific expedition to the Cape Melville rainforest in Australia, led in part by a Harvard researcher, resulted in the discovery of three new vertebrate species. The scientists identified a golden colored skink, a leaf-tailed gecko, and a boulder-dwelling frog—all of which have been isolated in their environment for millions of years.

Harvard Medical School

Scientists Re-Code Genome of E. Coli Bacterium

Scientists from Harvard and Yale came together to achieve what was once thought impossible: to fundamentally transform the identity and properties of an organism by re-coding its genome.

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Study Measures Impact of Teacher Quality on Life After Schooling

According to a newly published study by economics professor Gary Chamberlain, having higher quality teachers in elementary and middle school predicts an increase in students’ college attendance and income.

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