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Research Reveals Evolution Used Similar “Toolkits” to Shape Flies, Worms, and Humans

August 29, 2014

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Evolution of Flies, Worms and Humans Share Patterns of Gene Expression

Several newly published studies reveal that flies, worms and humans share ancient patterns of gene expression. Although separated by hundreds of millions of years of evolution, flies, worms, and humans share ancient patterns of gene expression, according to a massive Yale-led analysis of genomic data. Two related studies led by scientists at Harvard and Stanford, […]

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Neurobiologists Examine Insular Cortex, Could Play an Important Role in Autism

August 13, 2014

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New Research Could Lead to Therapeutic Strategies for Autism

Scientists from Harvard University and the Max-Planck Institute unravel a neural circuit that could play an important role in autism. The insular cortex is an integral “hub”, combining sensory, emotional and cognitive content. Not surprisingly, alterations in insular structure and function have been reported in many psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety disorders, depression, addiction and […]

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New Way to Regrow Human Corneas Could Help Overcome a Major Cause of Blindness

July 16, 2014

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A New Way to Regrow Human Corneas

Harvard-affiliated researchers have discovered a new way to regrow human corneas that could help researchers overcome a major cause of blindness. Researchers have identified a way to enhance regrowth of human corneal tissue to restore vision, using a molecule that acts as a marker for hard-to-find limbal stem cells. This work, a collaboration among the […]

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Researchers Show that GDF11 Improves Functioning of Aged Brains and Muscles

May 5, 2014

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Harvard Stem Cell Institute Researchers Show that GDF11 Improves Functioning of Aged Brains and Muscles

In two new studies, researchers from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute show that injections of GDF11 improved the exercise capability and the function of the olfactory region of the brain in older mice. Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers have shown that a protein they previously demonstrated can make the failing hearts in aging mice […]

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New Technique Allows Particles to Switch the Quantum State of Each Other

April 10, 2014

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New Method Allows Scientists to Connect Light Particles

Researchers from MIT and Harvard University have developed a new technique that couples a lone atom with single light particle, allowing both the atom and photon to switch the quantum state of the other particle. Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists at MIT and […]

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How Genetic Research Can Help People Colonize Other Planets

March 28, 2014

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Experts to Consider How Genetic Research Can Help People Colonize Other Planets

A recently held symposium by the HMS Department of Genetics asked experts to consider how genetic research can help people colonize other planets. If you haven’t thought about reworking the human genome so people can colonize other planets, don’t worry. Plenty of people are on it. Scientists of many stripes have been figuring out what […]

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Harvard Scientists Identify Microbe that “Eats” Electricity

March 11, 2014

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Harvard Scientists Identify Microbe that Eats Electricity

In a new study, Harvard scientists show that the bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris can use natural conductivity to pull electrons from minerals located deep in soil and sediment while remaining at the surface. There have been plenty of fad diets that captured the public’s imagination over the years, but Harvard scientists have identified what may be […]

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Researchers Use Brain Signals to Move Paralyzed Limbs

February 20, 2014

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Brain Signals Move Paralyzed Limbs

A newly published study details a cortical-spinal prosthesis that directs “targeted movement” in paralyzed limbs. Ithaca, New York – To help people suffering paralysis from injury, stroke or disease, scientists have invented brain-machine interfaces that record electrical signals of neurons in the brain and translate them to movement. Usually, that means the neural signals direct […]

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Early Universe “Warmed Up” Later than Previously Thought

February 6, 2014

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Early Universe Warmed Up Later than Previously Believed

A newly published study reveals that the early universe “warmed up” later than previously thought. A new study from Tel Aviv University reveals that black holes, formed from the first stars in our universe, heated the gas throughout space later than previously thought. They also imprinted a clear signature in radio waves which astronomers can […]

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New Quantum Dots Design for Solotronics

January 27, 2014

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Solotronics Electronics Operating on a Single Atom Level

Researchers at the University of Warsaw have created and studied two new types of solotronic structures, including the world’s first quantum dots containing single cobalt ion. Electronic systems operating on the level of individual atoms would seem to be the natural consequence of efforts to achieve ever-greater miniaturization. Already now, we are able to control […]

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SEAS Engineers Develop an Organic Mega Flow Battery

January 9, 2014

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SEAS Engineers Develop Organic Mega Flow Battery

SEAS engineers have developed a metal-free flow battery, which relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant molecules called quinones, that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid. Cambridge, Massachusetts – A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity […]

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Electron’s Shape – Rounder than Predicted by Standard Model

December 20, 2013

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The Most Precise Measurement to Date of the Electron Shape

In a newly published study, the ACME collaboration reports the most precise measurement to date of the electron’s shape, improving it by a factor of more than 10 and showing the particle to be rounder than predicted by some extensions of the Standard Model. A small band of particle-seeking scientists at Yale and Harvard has […]

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