Genetics could play an important role in the dynamics of human conflict, new research suggests.
A study led by Sasha Kimel, a visiting professor in Harvard’s Psychology Department and a former Harvard College Fellow, shows that giving groups in conflict information about their genetic similarities or differences can tilt them toward conflict or peacemaking. The findings are described in a May paper in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Read more about For groups in conflict, genes matter
It is different this time for best-selling author Michael Pollan, and not just because his subject has changed. The people are different too. They’re not farming or fermenting or cooking. This time they’re dying. Read more about From fresh food to magic mushrooms
At the time, I thought managing to score a ticket to Stephen Hawking’s talk at Sanders Theatre was likely the high point of my science-writing career at Harvard — after all, I’d be seeing in the flesh the man some consider the most important physicist since Einstein.
Between academic discovery and product development lurks a lull in research funding that inventors call the “chasm of death,” where a prototype or a proof of concept can feel just out of reach. Read more about Advancing ingenuity
University President Drew G. Faust signed an agreement Friday with Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to formally recognize the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Harvard, ending a decades long separation between the two institutions born from Vietnam War-era protest.
Although its eye-catching prototype on display at the President’s Challenge Demo Day at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) attracted a lot of interest Monday night, the team representing SurgiBox — a collapsible, safe, and aseptic surgery device — didn’t think it had much of a chance at this year’s $70,000 award.
Harvard scientists have developed molecules that may help to solve one of the most pressing problems in modern agriculture: the rise of insects that are resistant to traits that were engineered to help crops withstand pests.
Using phage-assisted continuous evolution (PACE) technology developed by Harvard’s David Liu, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, and his co-workers, a team of researchers evolved new forms of a natural insecticidal protein called “Bt toxin.” The proteins can be used to assist in controlling Bt toxin resistance in insects. Read more about New weapons against agricultural pests