by Wei Li Everyone knows that having high cholesterol in your blood is not a good sign — it can lead to high blood pressure and clogged arteries (also known as atherosclerosis), resulting in heart diseases or stroke. However, what we now consider common knowledge, required years of research to discover. An important contributor to what we know about cholesterol and high blood pressure is … Continue reading Marie M. Daly — From a Love of Science to a Legacy of Discoveries
Wei Li is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology program at Harvard University. Abby Knecht is a second year graduate student in the Molecules Cells and Organisms program at Harvard University where she is studying self versus non-self recognition in bacteria. Cover image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay This biography is part of our “Picture a Scientist” initiative. To learn more … Continue reading Marie M. Daly — From a Love of Science to a Legacy of Discoveries
A team of international astronomers have identified the smallest free-floating “rogue” planet observed to date. Continue reading Going Rogue in Space
A 2016 study is resurfacing to remind us to clean our living spaces more often as we head into the colder, indoor seasons. Dust is more pernicious than it may seem. Continue reading Tracing the Origins and Components of a Universal Household Nuisance: Dust
by Paige Haukefigures by Paige Hauke and Catherine Ding As the pandemic rages on and strict social distancing guidelines remain in place for much of the United States, COVID-19, for good reason, takes up most of the medical limelight. But as someone who works at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and walks past our clinical buildings each day, I find myself wondering what this means for other … Continue reading Cancer in the Time of COVID: One oncologist’s look into how the pandemic is impacting the larger medical world
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 11th Join us on: Zoom (password: Antibiotic) or YouTube Live Speakers: Molly Sargen Graphics: Iryna Stryapunina The discovery of antibiotics revolutionized healthcare. Unfortunately, many antibiotics are becoming ineffective as the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance increases. In this talk, we’ll discuss how antibiotics work, how antibiotics were discovered, and how antibiotic resistance becomes a crisis. We’ll conclude with insight on the future of antibiotics … Continue reading November 11 – Antibiotics: From Cures to Crisis
The diabolical ironclad beetle is strong enough to survive being run over by a car. Engineers recently tried to determine what gives the shell its characteristic strength. Continue reading Uncrushable Bugs: Diabolical Ironclad Beetle has Shell Twice as Strong as Other Beetles
How do you introduce yourself, scientifically? My name is Daniel Arias and I am a public health scientist specializing in health systems and health financing. I think the inclusion of ‘scientist’ after public health is valuable—our work is grounded in theory, relies on systematic observation of the world, and is conducted with methodological rigor, yet many researchers who work in public health have to push … Continue reading What Does a Public Health Scientist Do?
How do you introduce yourself, scientifically? My name is Brandon Enalls and I am a geomicrobiologist. I’m interested in how energy moves between geological and biological processes in several different environments on Earth. More specifically I’m interested in microbes, which are microscopic organisms like bacteria, living at deep sea hydrothermal vents (Figure 1). I study microbes that can conduct electricity, taking electrons from minerals like … Continue reading What Does a Geomicrobiologist Do?
How do you introduce yourself, scientifically? My name is Dana Boebinger, and I’m an auditory cognitive neuroscientist. I study how the brain understands sound; I specifically study humans, and how the brain understands the kinds of sounds that are particularly relevant for humans, like speech and music. What are the implications or broader impacts of your work? I do basic science, which aims to advance fundamental … Continue reading What Does a Cognitive Neuroscientist Do?