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Manny I. Fox Morone
Brain Inspires New Type of Circuits
Researchers at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have employed a new material to mimic the low-power, high-performance functioning of the human brain in simple circuits.
Harvard Dropouts Pursue Startups
Every Harvard student who founds a start-up does not become the next billionaire under 30. Instead, they are faced with a new set of obstacles, such as finding funding and developing management skills. And upon leaving, these former students must also find housing and often form an entirely new social circle.
Harvard Scientists Discover New Method for Creating Biological Polymers
Professor David R. Liu ’94 and coworkers have reported a new synthetic method of directly building polymers by reading the genetic code off of DNA. According to Liu, this method could eventually lead to the discovery of useful new biological compounds.
Wyss Puts Cells on Chips
Thanks to a new partnership between the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and Sony Digital Audio Disc Corporation, scientists will soon be able to simulate human organs outside of the body using live cells—a technique that could revolutionize drug testing.
Study: Wind Farm Generative Capacity May Be Limited
Wind power and wind farms may not be capable of producing as much energy as previously believed, according to a paper co-authored by Harvard scientist David W. Keith.
Actor Sean Penn Discusses a Post-Earthquake Haiti
Panelists Sean Penn, former Haitian Prime Minister Michèle D. Pierre-Louis, and General P. K. Keen headed a discussion last night about post-earthquake recovery in Haiti at the Harvard Kennedy School JFK Forum.
Study Finds Rising Life Expectancy for South African HIV Patients
Analyzing life expectancy data from over 101,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Harvard School of Public Health professor Till W. Bärnighausen and his coworkers have documented one of the largest increases in a region’s life expectancy in history. Their findings were reported in the scholarly journal “Science” and published online last Friday.
Microbes Pave Way for "Personalized Medicine"
Bauer Fellow Peter J. Turnbaugh and coworkers published work last month that could pave the way for techniques in “personalized medicine”—treatment which caters to an individuals’ unique genetic makeup.
Students Seek Friends, Lovers at Speed Dating Event
Dozens of students flocked to the Harvard Independent’s annual speed dating event Thursday night in search of love—or, for the first time this year, friendship.
Professor Talks Shifts in Racial Attitudes
In a small discussion group that included Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds and consisted primarily of undergraduates, government and African American studies professor Jennifer L. Hochschild argued that racial attitudes change significantly decade to decade, but that these shifts often go unnoticed.