“Sugar!” “Yes please!” Maroon 5’s sugar anthem rang loud and clear in the Harvard Science Center on Monday night for the third event in this semester’s Harvard Science and Cooking lecture series. This week’s topic: “The Science of Sugar.” When speaker Joanne Chang from Flour Bakery mentioned her book “Cooking with Less Sugar,” many audience members may have expected the […]Read more "The Science of (Baking with) Sugar"
Promising New Stroke Therapy Comes from Inhibition of miR-155: Imagine a treatment preventing further cell death in the brain following a stroke. Then throw in some anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects as an added bonus. Sound too good to be true? Dr. Tamara Roitbak from the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico Health […]Read more "Live Better after Stroke, and Fight Cancer Too"
In a manner somewhat reminiscent of Jurassic Park, scientists have cloned the full genomes of two woolly mammoths. The actual resemblance to Jurassic Park is scant to none however, because the DNA was obtained from actual preserved mammoth tissue as opposed to extraction from amber, and the researchers had a different goal in mind than […]Read more "Woolly Mammoth Genomes Provide New Clues to Their Extinction"
Sometimes science gets a bad rap for changing its mind. First Pluto is a planet, and then it’s not. Scientists and policy makers started by talking about “global warming,” but have since come to prefer the term “climate change.” And now the beloved long-necked dinosaur of our childhoods, Brontosaurus, has been redeemed and acknowledged as […]Read more "Bringing Brontosaurus Back"
After a two year hiatus, “season two” of the world’s largest particle accelerator at CERN began on April 5, 2015, and scientists from all over the world are hoping for this to be the biggest smashing success yet. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is often described as a big tube that physicists use […]Read more "Particle Accelerator “Season Two” Begins"
The Science Week in Review: March 29, 2015 This past week’s big science stories include the discovery of a new giant salamander-like beast from the Late Triassic period with a toilet-seat-shaped face, good news about the Ebola epidemic, and this weekend’s feature story about the launch of US Astronaut Scott Kelly on the beginning of […]Read more "The Science Week in Review – March 29, 2015"
Stars and galaxies, flora and fauna of the rainforest, exotic creatures of the seas, a few dinosaurs, a few more cocktails to go with them, music, a tiny bit of dancing, and the priceless look of wonder on everyone’s faces. The Thursday Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences was nothing short of a young, […]Read more "Nightlife: Cocktails and the Cosmos Collide"
The rate of scientific progress is increasingly fast and near impossible to keep up with, even for those already well entrenched in the field. 2014 was a year, like many years, that had more than a few big science stories to tell. For example, synthetic biologists at the Scripps Research Institute created two novel nucleotides […]Read more "2014: The Science Year in Review"
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