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Viewing how neurons work

Viewing how neurons work

July 15, 2014

In oncology, the notion of personalized medicine — in which genetic tools can be used precisely to characterize a patient’s cancer and tailor treatment to a genetic profile — is now all but standard practice.

Though personalized treatments for diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), epilepsy, and bipolar disorders have remained frustratingly out of reach for neurologists, Harvard scientists say that could soon change.

Sizing up bacteria

Sizing up bacteria

July 13, 2014

A new theoretical framework outlined by a Harvard scientist could help solve the mystery of how bacterial cells coordinate processes that are critical to cellular division, such as DNA replication, and how bacteria know when to divide.

Harvesting energy from devices

Harvesting energy from devices

July 3, 2014

If there’s one thing nearly all modern technology has in common, it’s heat. Whether it’s your car, computer, television, or even refrigerator, they all generate large amounts of heat. And nearly all of it goes to waste.

In an effort to recapture some of that energy and transform it into electricity, a team of researchers has developed computer simulations for a new type of meta-material that would have the ability to control heat and electrical current independently. Their work is described in a recently published paper in Physical Review X.

Scrolls and scrolling

Scrolls and scrolling

June 27, 2014

Scholars who work with historical objects may think of those objects as worlds apart from emerging technology, but students in two courses — one offered through the Committee on Medieval Studies and Harvard Divinity School, the other through the Program in General Education — harnessed the power of both to curate exhibits now on display.

5 named Harvard College Professors

5 named Harvard College Professors

June 20, 2014

Their scholarly interests range from designing programming languages to health economics to the molecular changes that influence evolutionary fitness. But one thing the five faculty members awarded Harvard College Professorships in recent weeks have in common is a gift for instilling passion for education in their students.

Worrisome growth pattern

Worrisome growth pattern

June 17, 2014

Every spring, as the weather warms, trees up and down the East Coast explode in a display of bright green life as leaves fill their branches, and every fall, the same leaves provide one of nature’s great color displays of vivid yellow, orange, and red.

Thanks to climate change, the timing of those events has shifted over the last two decades, Harvard scientists say.