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A close-up view of Halichondria panicea, or the breadcrumb sponge. Photo: Minette Layne (Wikimedia Commons)

Anti-cancer molecules found in sea sponges

Harvard scientists have recently made a landmark discovery by finding a new way to synthesize in bulk a complex class of promising cancer-fighting molecules...
Harvard study associates increasing consumption of red meat with a higher risk of death. Photo by Alex Guillaume/Unsplash

Red meat consumption is linked to early death

The world is eating more meat. The global consumption of meat and poultry has increased in both developed and developing countries over the past...
Compared with vitamins, dietary supplements for weight loss, muscle building, and energy were associated with nearly three times the risk of severe medical events in children and young adults. Upsplash

Dietary supplements linked to many severe medical outcomes

The majority of adults in the United States take one or more dietary supplements either every day or occasionally. Today’s dietary supplements include vitamins,...
Harvard Medical School researchers identify new targets to inhibit viral replication and may inform the development of a new class of antiviral drugs. iStock

Catch a virus by the tail

Some RNA viruses such as Segmented negative-sense (SNS) RNA viruses initiate infection by delivering into cells a suite of genomic RNA segments, each sheathed...
Transmitting sound data via a semiconductor laser

Transmitting sound data via a semiconductor laser

For the first time ever, scientists have transmitted the recording of Martin’s classic “Volare” wirelessly using a semiconductor laser. Scientists at the Harvard John...
A representation of the timeline of the universe. Credit: WMAP Collaboration

New way to probe primordial universe before the big bang

Most everybody is familiar with the Big Bang — the notion that an impossibly hot, dense universe exploded into the one we know today....
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, King’s College London, and other institutions have developed a technique for measuring brain activity that’s 60 times faster than traditional fMRI.

New technique tracks brain function 60 times faster than traditional fMRI

The human brain functions rapidly enough that even upon being exposed to stimuli, neurons are activated, prompting subconscious reactions and, a fraction of a...
Higher consumption of sugary beverages linked with increased risk of mortality

Higher consumption of sugary beverages linked with increased risk of mortality

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) are drinks with added sugar including non-diet soft drinks/sodas, flavored juice drinks, sports drinks, sweetened tea, coffee drinks, energy drinks, and...
CT scans of embryonic skulls of the dwarf African crocodile, American alligator, and false gharial. Research demonstrates that the diversity of skull shapes found today is the result of a "very flexible developmental tool kit." Courtesy of Zachary S. Morris

How evolution modified the long-surviving reptiles’ snouts

Crocodiles are large reptiles that live in water. These modern relatives of dinosaurs- have living fossils that remained virtually unchanged for millions of years. Anyone...