Arts and Humanities

Behind ‘Peter Pan’

Behind ‘Peter Pan’

July 18, 2014

In 1904, a kind of lightning struck London’s theater scene. Tuxedo-clad audiences accustomed to somber and serious dramas were stunned by a production set in a whimsical world of make-believe, starring a band of rambunctious children.

One well-known actor and producer, after reading an early version of the shocking new play, became convinced its creator had lost his mind.

Mechanics of Throwing

The ability to throw an object with great speed and accuracy is a uniquely human adaptation, one that Harvard researchers say played a key role in our evolution.

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Sampling the scholar’s life

Sampling the scholar’s life

August 27, 2014

When he was in high school, Ozdemir Vayisoglu ’16 dug into the past, uncovering buried secrets at an archaeological site in his native Turkey. This summer, he was digging again. But instead of carefully sifting through dirt thousands of miles away, he was poring over archives at Harvard’s Semitic Museum. 

Working with its director, Peter Der Manuelian, Vayisoglu helped research and develop an exhibit that examines the museum’s founding in 1903 by Professor David Gordon Lyon.

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Social Science

A new view of gentrification

A new view of gentrification

August 1, 2014

For researchers studying urban issues such as gentrification, one of the largest challenges is collecting detailed visual evidence across hundreds of square miles of city streets.

Just ask Robert Sampson, the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences. In the mid-1990s his research team carried off an effort to videotape more than 23,000 street segments in Chicago. The project was so intensive, he thought it would never be repeated.

As it turns out, there’s now an app for that.

Restoring Blaschka Sea Creatures in Glass

Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the Glass Flowers, father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass into lifelike models of marine and terrestrial animals.

A decade of breakthroughs

A team of engineers at Harvard and MIT have designed and built a flat-packed robot that assembles itself and walks away. Learn more at http://hvrd.me/A2mM9.

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