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Articles: Research

Illustrated portrait of John Rawls

Illustration by David Johnson

Research

The lasting influence and limitations of John Rawls’s political philosophy

8.8.19

Photograph of Yann LeCun

Yann LeCun
Photograph by Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The physics department confers its Loeb lectureship on an influential non-physicist.

9.18.19

Computer artwork of an autoradiogram of DNA sequences.

Computer artwork by Alfred Pasieka/Science Source

Genes seem to play a role in determining sexual orientation, but it’s small, uncertain, and complicated.

8.29.19

A traffic sign with the words "Stop Road Closed" submerged in several feet of water

Photograph by tornadochaser/iStock

The question is no longer if, but when and how. 

8.22.19

A crow perched on a branch inside an aviary holds a stick tool in its beak during downtime from the experiment

A crow holds a stick tool during its downtime from the experiment.

Photograph by Dakota McCoy

Surprising research about highly adept birds making and using tools

8.14.19

The Institute for World Literature expands global scholarship.

September-October 2019

Upsolve co-founder Rohan Pavuluri (right) and summer staffer Nick Brown in front of an Upsolve sign.

Upsolve co-founder Rohan Pavuluri (right) and summer staffer Nick Brown are Crimson activists helping those in the red.

Courtesy of Upsolve

Rohan Pavuluri and Upsolve help low-income families cope with debt.

September-October 2019

A color-paper collage used by Edwin Land to develop an influential theory of color vision

(click on arrow at right to see full image) A color-paper collage used by Edwin Land to develop an influential theory of color vision
Photograph courtesy of the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

New Harvard exhibit explores “Visual Science: The Art of Research”

September-October 2019

Teenagers watch a television screen showing a glamorous actress smoking.

Illustration by James Yamasaki

Two public-health veterans warn of new smoking risks, especially for the young.

September-October 2019