Keeping cool without warming the planet

Harvard scientists have developed a revolutionary new mechanism that could unlock environmentally friendly air conditioning.

Yahya Chaudhry • harvard
June 24, 2022 ~6 min

Bonobos’ tolerant, peaceful group relationships paved way for human peacemaking

According to a new study, bonobo group dynamics show they are a model for the evolution of human peacemaking.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 20, 2022 ~7 min

Millions of years ago, the megalodon ruled the oceans – why did it disappear?

A terrifying sight in ancient waters, the megalodon shark was once the most feared creature in the sea.

Michael Heithaus, Executive Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education and Professor of Biological Sciences, Florida International University • conversation
June 20, 2022 ~6 min

How do drugs know where to go in the body? A pharmaceutical scientist explains why some medications are swallowed while others are injected

From tablets and patches to ointments and infusions, the best way to deliver a drug is the one that gets the right amount to the right place.

Tom Anchordoquy, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus • conversation
June 17, 2022 ~7 min

Using leeches to map biodiversity

Scientists looking to measure the biodiversity of wild animals in a nature reserve are taking their lead from leeches.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 15, 2022 ~6 min

World's protected natural areas too small and isolated to benefit wildlife – new study

Hundreds of threatened mammal species don’t have a single protected area large enough to sustain a viable population.

David Williams, Lecturer in Sustainability and the Environment, University of Leeds • conversation
June 10, 2022 ~7 min

New CRISPR-based map ties every human gene to its function

Jonathan Weissman and collaborators used their single-cell sequencing tool Perturb-seq on every expressed gene in the human genome, linking each to its job in the cell.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
June 9, 2022 ~9 min

'Jurassic World' scientists still haven't learned that just because you can doesn't mean you should – real-world genetic engineers can learn from the cautionary tale

As genetic engineering and DNA manipulation tools like CRISPR continue to advance, the distinction between what science ‘could’ and ‘should’ do becomes murkier.

Andrew Maynard, Professor of Responsible Innovation, Arizona State University • conversation
June 9, 2022 ~11 min

Molecules found in mucus can thwart fungal infection

Harnessing the strength of these specialized sugar molecules could help researchers develop new antifungal drugs.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 6, 2022 ~10 min

Making room for wildlife: 4 essential reads

The recent goring of a tourist who approached within 10 feet of a bison in Yellowstone National Park is a reminder that wild animals can be dangerous and people should keep safe distances.

Jennifer Weeks, Senior Environment + Energy Editor, The Conversation • conversation
June 6, 2022 ~8 min