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Harvard Inks $30M Deal with Pharmaceutical Company for Therapeutic Research

Harvard University has signed a new five-year research and development agreement with pharmaceutical company National Resilience, Inc. to advance the development of medical technologies including gene, stem cell, and nucleic acid therapies.


Harvard Scientists’ Study Sheds Light on Brain Tumor Resiliency

A recent study published by Harvard scientists examined brain tumors in unprecedented detail and found that brain tumor cells shift between distinct states, making them more resilient to cancer treatment.


Sciences Dean Stubbs Lauds Return to Campus As Division Expands to Quantum Realm

Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs said the return to in-person instruction has been “energizing” as he outlined updates regarding the Sciences Division’s ongoing endeavors in a Tuesday interview with The Crimson.


Students, Faculty Conflicted Over Return to In-Person Labs

With the benefits of virtual labs in mind, Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs said Harvard’s Board of Overseers and the Science Education Office are discussing the question of what aspects of virtual learning could be applied in the return to in-person work.


Polar Ice Melt Causes Global Shifts in Earth’s Crust, Harvard Grad Finds

As ice sheets melt in Greenland and the Antarctic, the water that is generated shifts the planet’s crust on a global scale, reveals a new theoretical model by a researcher who recently completed her Ph.D at Harvard.


‘A New Window to the Universe’: Radcliffe Institute Reflects on Scientific History of Gravitational Waves

Dean of the MIT School of Science Nergis Mavalvala – one of the astrophysicists who first directly detected gravitational waves – gave a lecture on the scientific history of gravitational waves Tuesday at an event hosted by Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


Harvard Prof. Loeb Launches ‘Galileo Project,’ Systematic Hunt for Signs of Extraterrestrial Life

In a move that some of his peers consider risky but rewarding, Harvard professor and astrophysicist Abraham “Avi” Loeb last month launched a systematic search for artifacts or active technology created by extraterrestrial beings, called the “Galileo Project.”


Biology Lecturer’s Comments on Biological Sex Draw Backlash

Human Evolutionary Biology lecturer Carole K. Hooven’s comments on a Fox News show last month maintaining the existence of two sexes and defending the usage of the terms “male” and “female” to refer to biological sex in medical classes sparked backlash on social media and within the department.


Indigenous Group Petitions Harvard to Shut Down Controversial Geoengineering Project to Block Sun

The Saami Council, an Indigenous peoples’ organization, launched a petition this month calling on Harvard to shut down its Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment, a controversial environmental engineering project that seeks to block the sun’s rays to combat climate change.


Paris Climate Agreement Lead Negotiator Highlights Urgency of Climate Change Crisis at HKS Event

Christiana Figueres, the lead negotiator of the Paris Climate Agreement, discussed the need for timely action to fight the climate crisis at the Kennedy School’s annual Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peace on Thursday.


SEAS Researchers Develop Method to Change the Fundamental Microscopic Shape of Materials

Researchers at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences created a new method to transform the fundamental topology of cellular material, according to their paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature last week.


Raindrops on Exoplanets Remain Similar to Those on Earth, Harvard Researchers Discover

A pair of Harvard researchers discovered that falling raindrops on other planets remain similar in size and behavior despite widely different atmospheric conditions, according to a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets last month.


Harvard Astrophysicists Help Make Historic Discovery in Understanding Black Hole’s Magnetic Fields

A team of astronomers, including Harvard affiliates, have captured the first-ever image of a black hole’s polarized emission — which offers insight into its magnetic fields — according to an article published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters in late March.


SEAS Researchers Postpone Test Flight for Controversial Geoengineering Project To Block Sun

Harvard researchers announced Wednesday they will postpone a test flight for a controversial environmental engineering project — the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment, known as “SCoPEx” — after pushback from an Indigenous peoples’ group in Sweden.


Harvard Researchers Develop Cheaper Method For Renewable Energy Storage

In a step forward for renewable energy storage, researchers in Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology have accomplished the continuous splitting of impure water into pure hydrogen and oxygen gas by leveraging a process called forward osmosis, according to an article published earlier this month.


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