2016 has just begun but it has already been a fantastic week for science news. Researchers have discovered an ancient stomach bug in the remains of Otzi the Iceman, the creators of the popular “brain training” Lumosity were fined $2 million for unsubstantiated claims, and doubts have been cast on the old adage that you are […]Read more "The Science Week in Review: January 1-10"
If you love cheese, you might as well be doing crack. Or at least that’s what you might gather from recent health news vilifying one of America’s favorite fatty foods. MTV news said “Science declares what we all know: Pizza is the most addictive food.” And the LA Times was one of many outlets […]Read more "Opinion: Is Cheese Basically Dairy Crack?"
When genetic engineering is mentioned, noble goals of feeding the world with more productive crops or curing terminal illnesses through gene therapy may come to mind. But some Chinese scientists recently embarked upon a less noble, although much cuter application: genetically edited pet micropigs. The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) in Shenzhen announced that it plans to […]Read more "Pigs are Hogging the GMO Show"
A Conversation with Dr. David Riglar By Ryan L. Cross Inflammatory bowel disease affects over one million Americans and directly costs patients over six billion dollars a year. Current treatments manage the disease with variable success, and diagnosis requires invasive and sometimes inaccurate procedures like colonoscopies. But David Riglar, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard […]Read more "Engineering Probiotics to Sense and Treat Gut Disease"
“We may not be able to agree on what to do but we can agree that what we’ve got now is the worst possible option.” Dr. Robert Kinscherff’s words hung heavy in the air of an overstuffed room at Harvard Law School on Monday, September 28, 2015 for a panel on the “The Promises and […]Read more "The Troubled Teen: Adolescent Neuroscience in the Courtroom"
It’s fall! And you know what that means…pumpkin spice latte season! (Or just PSL for everyone on social media.) Pumpkin spice is all the rave. And it seems to be getting better (or worse) each year (depending on your point of view). I’ll spare you from the gluttonous lists of pumpkin spice flavored products and just […]Read more "The Real Pumpkin Spice Latte: Cancer-in-a-Cup?"
“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"
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"
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"