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Illustrated portrait of John Rawls

Illustration by David Johnson

Research

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

8.8.19

An illustration depicting the loss of mental functioning

Photograph by Brian Light/Alamy Stock Photos

A medical anthropologist cares for his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife.

September-October 2019

Photograph of redeveloped Boston Government Center, 1971

The redeveloped Government Center, Boston, 1971, and surrounding private buildings

Photograph courtesy of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

In the history of urban renewal, a glimmer of the possibilities of social policy today

September-October 2019

Unlike a Band-Aid®, an active adhesive dressing mechanically pulls a wound shut. Eventually, such bandages may find applications in the closure of internal wounds. 

Photograph courtesy of Serena Blacklow Appignani

Researchers in the lab of Professor David Mooney have developed a wound-dressing design that works like embryonic skin to heal injuries rapidly.

7.24.19

“It’s kind of like when you go to the library to check out one book, but it’s actually the book next to the book you were looking for that was the important one. A syllabus sets up that opportunity.”

7.23.19

A screenshot from Curricle, a new tool for exploring the curriculum. The word “curricle” refers to light, open, two-wheeled horse-pulled carriages popular during the nineteenth century. Schnapp chose the name because the word “curricle”—like the English word “curriculum”—derives from the Latin “curriculum,” meaning “race,” “running,” or “chariot.” “Curricle” as a platform name thus invokes the metaphor of the curriculum as an academic vehicle and journey.

Researchers with metaLAB (at) Harvard will test a new course exploration tool that presents the curriculum as a rich network of connections.

7.17.19

Photograph by Barcin/iStock

A new study quantifies the global impact of declines in a single nutrient in a single crop, and hints at wider impacts.

7.9.19

Humanities in the age of money

6.12.19

Illustration by Dan Page

The largest-ever study of twins quantifies the respective influence of genes and environment on specific diseases.

July-August 2019