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Native Americans cultivating a field

Written accounts of Native Americans cultivating the land in New England overstate the importance of agriculture in the pre-contact period, according to a new study. Here, an engraving by Theodor De Bry, after a drawing by Jacques Le Moyne, depicts Timucua Indians at Fort Caroline, a French settlement established in what is now Florida, hoeing and sowing seeds, including beans and maize. 

Courtesy of the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection, permanently housed in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room, Jacksonville (Florida) Public Library.

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Before Europeans arrived in New England, local ecology was driven by climate shifts, not by human interventions.

1.20.20

Native Americans cultivating a field

Written accounts of Native Americans cultivating the land in New England overstate the importance of agriculture in the pre-contact period, according to a new study. Here, an engraving by Theodor De Bry, after a drawing by Jacques Le Moyne, depicts Timucua Indians at Fort Caroline, a French settlement established in what is now Florida, hoeing and sowing seeds, including beans and maize. 

Courtesy of the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection, permanently housed in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room, Jacksonville (Florida) Public Library.

Before Europeans arrived in New England, local ecology was driven by climate shifts, not by human interventions.

1.20.20

Photograph of Loeb House, Harvard University

Loeb House, where the Corporation and Board of Overseers conduct their University business
Photograph by Harvard Magazine/JC

The spring-semester agenda on climate-change advocacy takes shape—on campus and beyond.

1.9.20

Red dots represent the Radcliffe Wave, superimposed here on an artist's rendering of the Milky Way as it appears in a screen shot taken from WorldWide Telescope.

The clouds that make up the Radcliffe Wave (highlighted in red) pass within just 500 light years of our sun (yellow). Wave data has been superimposed on an artist’s rendering of the Milky Way galaxy as it appears in a screen shot taken from WorldWide Telescope.

Image courtesy of Alyssa Goodman, Harvard University

The massive “Radcliffe Wave” traces a new map of the sky.

1.7.20

Vegan muffins, hash, bacon, and other plant-based options are served at a cafeteria counter

This year's Campus Services holiday breakfast featured a "plant-forward" station. 
Photograph by Robert Fitta/Harvard Magazine

End-of-semester news and fun from around campus

1.2.20

A conceptual rendering of a portion of the Enterprise Research Campus

A conceptual rendering of a portion of the Enterprise Research Campus
Rendering courtesy of Tishman Speyer

The Allston Land Company designates Tishman Speyer to develop the “enterprise research campus” on Western Avenue, with detailed plans yet to come. 

12.19.19

Statue of John Harvard

Statue of John Harvard
Photograph by Ericodeg/Flickr.com

The College has admitted 13.9 percent of early-action applicants to the class of 2024, up slightly from 13.4 percent admitted from that pool last year. 

12.12.19

A network of curli fibers (produced by genetically altered E. coli bacteria) can bind to intestinal surfaces, where it acts like a Band-Aid, and can even deliver probiotic therapies.

A network of curli fibers (produced by genetically altered E. coli bacteria) can bind to intestinal surfaces, where it acts like a Band-Aid, and can even deliver probiotic therapies.
Image courtesy of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Neel Joshi harnesses bacteria to build products sustainably.

12.11.19

Super-resolution microscopy developed in the lab of Peng Yin allows researchers using conventional microscopes to see the inner workings of cells at the single molecule level. Above, microtubules (green) and mitochondria (purple) dominate the intracellular landscape.

Super-resolution microscopy developed in the lab of Peng Yin allows researchers using conventional microscopes to see the inner workings of cells at the single molecule level. Above, microtubules (green) and mitochondria (purple) dominate the intracellular landscape.
Image courtesy of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Peng Yin uses the physical properties of DNA to illuminate life’s smallest parts.

12.11.19