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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

Research

Neel Joshi harnesses bacteria to build products sustainably.

12.11.19

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

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

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

A double-helix image, in red, framing a man in military camouflage, crouched, seated, holding his head, and

Illustration by Taylor Callery

A potential “paradigm shift” in developing new diagnostic tests in mental health

January-February 2020

An illustration showing money being deposited via funnel into a columned building labeled "college"

Illustration by Adam Niklewicz

David Deming says existing federal higher-education subsidies, if redeployed, could make public colleges free.

January-February 2020

Illustration of elderly Chinese participating in activities at a senior center

Illustration by Jungyeon Roh

Can technology coupled with cultural understanding improve the health and wellness of the elderly?

January-February 2020

Photograph of art historian Shawon Kinew

Shawon Kinew
Photograph by Stu Rosner

Connecting European Old Masters with the new landscape of art history 

January-February 2020