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Researchers at UC Riverside have discovered the oldest ancestor of almost all animals, including humans. This worm fills in a long-missing gap of the evolutionary biology puzzle. Continue reading Researchers Discover Oldest Ancestor of Almost Every Animal

Testing shortages have it made it extremely difficult to track the spread of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19. A new kind of test can reveal whether someone has ever had the infection, even if it was mild or asymptomatic. Continue reading Serological test can detect who has recovered from coronavirus infection

Forgiveness is associated with humans, but may play an integral role in human-robot interactions. A study asks whether we can forgive a robot for commiting a crime. Debating forgiveness rather than punishment, the study adds another ethical dimension to our perception of AI.
Continue reading Study asks, can we forgive robots?

Scientists have uncovered a new mechanism by which important components of cells can be damaged. Such a discovery could provide new insight into the biology of aging, cancer, and degeneration, as well as development of new drugs and strategies for food preservation. Continue reading A Radical New Mechanism for Cell Damage

In order to combat the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, a group of scientists from MIT are using artificial intelligence to discover new and effective antibiotics. They were able to predict a powerful new antibiotic compound that is effective against many dangerous pathogens. Continue reading Artificial Intelligence – our new MVP against infections?

Engineers at Beihang University and Harvard’s Wyss Institute use models to zero in on creating the perfect octopus tentacle for industrial gripping uses. Continue reading More Realistic Tentacles Improve Performance Of Octopus Inspired Robots

Data from the New Horizons probe, flying in the asteroid field far beyond Pluto, have finally been downloaded and analyzed. They challenge our previous views of the formation of the solar system. Continue reading Fly-by of a distant asteroid provides clues about the formation of our solar system

A team from the University of Colorado Boulder finds a new way to measure how much extra snow can be produced by cloud seeding. Continue reading Researchers Use Cloud Seeding to Make it Rain

Update: In accordance with Harvard guidelines regarding coronavirus, this week’s lecture will be a virtual event only. Please join us via live-stream on Youtube at the scheduled time (7 p.m.)! Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 11th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Madelyn Ray and Rachel Walker Graphics: Abby Knecht Responding appropriately in the face of fear is an … Continue reading March 11 – What’s your brain afraid of?

by Rebecca Silberman figures by Aparna Nathan Seen through the harsh, unsentimental lens of evolutionary biology, menopause doesn’t make sense. Why don’t women live like giraffes, like tarantulas, like pigeons, reproducing throughout their lives in order to maximize each person’s “fitness,” or reproductive success? Even in other long-lived, social species like elephants, females don’t stop having children before the end of their lives, and while … Continue reading An Evolutionary Argument for why Grandmas Rule

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