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Chicxulub Impactor that Killed the Dinosaurs Was A Comet Fragment, Not An Asteroid, Harvard Researchers Theorize

Harvard astrophysicists proposed a new model showing that the Chicxulub impactor — the celestial body responsible for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs — could have been of cometary, rather than asteroidal origin, in a study published in Scientific Reports on Monday.

Graphene Researchers

Harvard Researchers Achieve Tunable Superconductivity in Trilayer Graphene

Harvard scientists have developed a new twisted graphene configuration for achieving superconductivity that could help lead to the realization of superconductors at higher temperatures, according to a Feb. 4 paper published in Science.


New FAS and SEAS Policy Grants Undergraduate Students Access to On-Campus Research

According to the policy crafted by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the College, enrolled undergraduates living on-campus and off-campus in the surrounding area will be permitted to participate in mentored lab research this semester.

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Researchers Find Mothers Rarely Pass on the COVID-19 Virus or Antibodies to Newborns

Pregnant women infected with SARS-CoV-2 during their third trimester are unlikely to pass on the virus or protective antibodies to their newborn, according to two studies by Harvard Medical School researchers published last month.

Students Social Media

A ‘Double-Edged Sword’: For Harvard Students, Social Media Both Connects and Alienates

With the world in the throes of a pandemic and a lockdown altering everyday methods of communication, students find themselves increasingly hooked on social media and grappling with the effects of hyperconnectivity.


Cambridge Tests Sewage to Track Coronavirus Infections

As COVID-19 cases increase across the state, the Cambridge Public Health Department announced a partnership with Biobot Analytics, Inc. Thursday to test local wastewater for viral RNA particles.

Malkin Athletic Center

A Month After Reopening, MAC Feels ‘Safe’ But Poses Some Logistical Challenges, Students Say

More than a month after the Malkin Athletic Center reopened to those living on Harvard’s campus, students and staff say the pandemic-era gym largely feels safe, though its new systems and safety protocols pose some challenges.

The Harvard Forest

Harvard Forest Researchers Identify Maple Trees as Possible Foundation Species

Scientists from the Harvard Forest and the Wuhan Botanical Garden have identified several species of maple trees as potential foundation species in Chinese and North American forests.


MGH Researchers Find New Tracer Molecule That Could Help Detect Brain Injuries

Researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital have found a new tracer molecule that could help detect and identify injuries in brain imaging tests, according to a Oct. 22 paper published in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism.

Harvard Kennedy School

UT Austin Professor Talks Fact-Checking Misinformation on Social Media in Shorenstein Center Speaker Series

University of Texas at Austin communications professor Natalie J. Stroud discussed her research on correcting misperceptions of news spread through social media on Wednesday.

Stanford University

Research Estimates Fewer than 10 Percent of U.S. Adults Have COVID Antibodies

Researchers from Stanford University have estimated that fewer than one tenth of the American adult population have COVID-19 antibodies, suggesting that the U.S. is still far from achieving herd immunity.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Harvard Researchers Discover Wobbling Shadow of Supermassive Black Hole

Harvard astrophysicists have discovered that the crescent-like shadow of the Messier 87 (M87*) black hole appears to be wobbling.