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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

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

An illustration depicts the torso of a patient as teams of tiny, Lilliputian physicians run tests and examinations.

Illustration by Richard Beacham

Do patients who defeat cancer hold biological secrets?

September-October 2019

Photograph of electrical engineering and applied math associate professor Na Li

Na Li
Photograph by Stu Rosner

For a star electrical engineering professor, it's all about systems.

September-October 2019