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FDA awards contract to organs-on-chip lab for radiation countermeasures

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has awarded a $5.6 million contract to Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to apply its...

Evolution not driven by single beneficial mutation, but by group that...

In a twist on "survival of the fittest," researchers have discovered that evolution is driven not by a single beneficial mutation but rather by...

Seeing Snow in Space: Caltech helps capture the first image of...

Although it might seem counterintuitive, if you get far enough away from a smoldering young star, you can actually find snow lines—frosty regions where...

Researchers build an all-optical transistor

Optical computing — using light rather than electricity to perform calculations — could pay dividends for both conventional computers and quantum computers, largely hypothetical...

Teenager self- consciousness tied to specific brain, physiological responses

Teenagers are famously self-conscious, acutely aware and concerned about what their peers think of them. A new study reveals that this self-consciousness is linked with...

What Is the Fastest Articulated Motion a Human Can Execute?

Humans are amazing throwers. We are unique among all animals, including our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, in our ability to throw projectiles at...

People attribute minds to robots, corpses that are targets of harm

As Descartes famously noted, there's no way to really know that another person has a mind — every mind we observe is, in a...

New cooling technique for quantum gases

Physicists at Harvard University have realized a new way to cool synthetic materials by employing a quantum algorithm to remove excess energy. The research,...

Slow road to stability for emulsions

By studying the behavior of tiny particles at an interface between oil and water, researchers at Harvard have discovered that stabilized emulsions may take longer to reach equilibrium than previously thought. Much longer, in fact. ...

Are doing harm and allowing harm equivalent? Ask fMRI

People typically say they are invoking an ethical principle when they judge acts that cause harm more harshly than willful inaction that allows that same harm to occur. That difference is even codified in crimin...

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