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Articles: Research

A sample of slime mold grows clockwise in a petri dish

A sample of Physarum polycephalum sends out slimy, finger-like tendrils to sense information about its petri dish environment.

Image courtesy of Nirosha Murugan, Levin lab, Tufts University, and Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Research

A seemingly primitive creature’s complex ability to detect mass from a distance.

10.6.21

A smokestack spewing smoke with a wind turbine in its shadow

Illustration by Taylor Callery

Rather than shutting down turbines, China can harness surplus wind energy to make “green” hydrogen fuel and industrial chemicals.

November-December 2021

Photograph of Ekpar Asat and Rayhan Asat.

Rayhan Asat with her brother Ekpar

Photograph courtesy of Rayhan Asat

Rayhan Asat is speaking out against the imprisonment of her brother Ekpar, drawing attention to the plight of Uighurs in China.

8.12.21

Past work on water and human intervention

7.14.21

Photograph of Mao Zedong during what is thought to be the Long March, 1934-1935

Man, myth, party: Mao Zedong during what is thought to be the Long March, 1934-1935, with the army in northern Shaanxi

Photograph by Fototeca Gilardi/Getty Images

The first century of the Chinese Communist Party—and what impends

July-August 2021

University leaders announce that full, in-person operations will resume, with continuing public-health protocols.

5.25.21

Photograph of Vikram Patel visiting with family members of a farmer in Maharashtra, India, who committed suicide

Vikram Patel, left, speaks with family members of a farmer in Maharashtra, India, who committed suicide.

Photograph courtesy of Vikram Patel

Around the globe, Vikram Patel finds, improvements in financial or mental health support both.

May-June 2021

Illustration of a man pushing a wheelbarrow full of petitions up the steps to Congress.

Illustration by Phil Foster

Petitioning campaigns are a vital complement to democratic voting.

May-June 2021

Headshots of Marc Lipsitch, William Hanage, Barry Bloom

From left to right: Marc Lipsitch, William Hanage, Barry Bloom

Photograph credits from left: Kent Dayton and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2)

Despite vaccines, Harvard scientists warn, more-transmissible variants make COVID-19 harder to control.

1.7.21