Floating water pumps for too-low reservoirs, gigantic molds for windmill blades, bustling control centers for subway trains â and for the traffic snarling the roads above â were among the sustainable sights viewed by Harvard and Brazilian students in SÃ£o Paulo over winter break. Read more about An exchange in ideas and culture
For a handful of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students, the January semester break included a rare treat â a hands-on, up-close-and-personal visit to the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass.
The multi-day program, which included both time spent in the classroom and time spent outdoors in the forest, covered a wide range of topics, from science to art to rural planning, and how each could be related to the forest itself. Read more about Taking to the woods
High blood pressure is the most common risk factor for heart disease and death worldwide, and yet the answers to some of the most basic questions about how to manage it — when to introduce new medications, intensify treatment, or re-evaluate a patient — remain unclear. Read more about Pinpointing danger in hypertension
Have you ever wondered why it’s so tough to put down that last slice of bacon? Part of the answer is that humans are evolutionarily programmed to crave fatty foods, which offer the biggest bang for the buck, nutritionally speaking, with more than twice the calorie density of protein- or starch-rich food.
But a new Harvard study suggests that it’s a uniquely human practice — cooking — that allows humans to more fully access that energy. Read more about Unlocking fat