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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Scientists Reverse the Signs of Aging in Mice

December 20, 2013

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By administering a molecule that is naturally produced by the human body scientists restored communication between the nucleus and mitochondria inside cells in older mice, reversing the signs of aging. Researchers have discovered a cause of aging in mammals that may be reversible. The essence of this finding is a series of molecular events that […]

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Researchers Reveal How an Expanding Universe Can Emerge Without a “Big Bang”

December 10, 2013

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In a new study, an international team of researchers mathematically describe how an expanding universe can emerge when time and space are heated, without requiring anything like a “Big Bang”. When soup is heated, it starts to boil. When time and space are heated, an expanding universe can emerge, without requiring anything like a “Big […]

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