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Harvard Medical School’s AI can detect genetic defect that causes some cancers

PARP inhibitors — substances that block certain cellular enzymes — hold promise for cancers caused by defects in homologous recombination (HR), the microscopic machinery that orchestrates repairs of harmful DNA breaks. But they’re underprescribed, because most clinical tests don’t reliably detect HR. Encouragingly, though, scientists at Harvard Medical School have developed an AI screening system […]

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The Dean

Architecture is a notoriously egotistical profession. One person, usually an older man, often takes credit for a lengthy and multifaceted process of planning and construction. It does not help that many famous architects hardly eschew the mantle of auteur genius. Instead, they embrace their star status with gusto, downplaying the army of engineers, designers, and […]

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Harvard Accused of ‘Shamelessly’ Profiting From Slavery Photos

Photo: John Shishmanian (Associated Press) Harvard University has been accused of “shamelessly” profiting from photos featuring 19th-century slaves, all while ignoring repeated requests to turn over the photos in question to the descendants of those pictured. As such, a lawsuit was filed on Wednesday. According to USA Today, the school is being sued by Norwich, […]

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Origami-inspired robot gripper grasps objects up to 120 times its weight

Robotic hands have a tough time getting a grip on pliable objects, but it’s not for lack of trying — most make do with rigid pincers that aren’t designed for precision grasping. Fortunately, if a newly published paper (“A Vacuum-driven Origami ‘Magic-ball’ Soft Gripper”) is any indication, more versatile systems are on the horizon. In it, researchers […]

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Remember That Time When Jared Kushner’s Dad Donated $2.5M to Harvard and Then His Son Got Into Harvard?

Photo: Sean Gallup (Getty Images) Turns out that wealthy people including actresses, actors and business folks have been involved in a scandal that includes all kinds of crazy allegations to get their children into prestigious institutions. But it looks like the president’s son-in-law, holder of Ivanka’s hand and a security clearance he didn’t earn, was […]

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Harvard’s bugbot now walks up walls

Spider-like robots that can scale walls with ease might be coming to a metropolis near you, if researchers at Harvard and Rolls-Royce have their way. A newly published paper in the journal Science Robotics details a system — dubbed Harvard Ambulatory MicroRobot with Electroadhesion, or HAMR-E for short — that uses electrostatic forces to grip horizontal, vertical, and even […]

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Google and Harvard develop AI to find restaurants that could make you sick

Worried your go-to hole-in-the-wall might not have a stellar food safety record? Google’s new artificially intelligent (AI) system can help lay your fears to rest — or confirm the worst of them. A study led by researchers at the Mountain View company and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health describes a machine learning model […]

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In-Flight Racism: Black Doctor Says She Was Racially Profiled on a Plane While Helping a Sick Passenger

Screenshot: Boston 25 Delta Airlines is apologizing for a “misunderstanding” that occurred on one of its partnered flights when a black Harvard-educated doctor was repeatedly asked to explain her credentials—even after showing her medical license—to flight attendants as she was trying to assist a passenger. The apology comes after Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford spoke out […]

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A War Without Civilian Deaths?

The killing of other human beings in war makes graphic an abiding moral dilemma: You might try to make an evil less outrageous, or you might try to get rid of it altogether—but it is not clear that it is possible to do both at the same time. In one of her Twenty-One Love Poems, […]

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How Colleges Fail Young Trump Supporters

Earlier this month, on the eve of a federal trial over Harvard’s use of race in admissions, the university’s president invoked the predominant defense of affirmative action: It enhances education for everybody. “Harvard is deeply committed to bringing together a diverse campus community where students from all walks of life have the opportunity to learn […]

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Harvard Honors Colin Kaepernick, Others With W.E.B. Du Bois Medal: ‘Love Is at the Root of Our Resistance’

Comedian Dave Chappelle, left, and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, applaud during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal award ceremonies, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Chappelle and Kaepernick are among eight recipients of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medals in 2018.Photo: AP Photo (Steven Senne) Alas, to be a fly on […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle Awarded W.E.B. Du Bois Black Culture Medal; Rachel Dolezal Snubbed Again

Colin Kaepernick, left; Dave ChappellePhoto: Dimitrios Kambouris Rebecca Sapp (Getty Images) Quick question: When one of America’s most prestigious Ivy League universities honors Colin Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle and six other African Americans for their contributions to black history and culture, will white people burn their Harvard rejection letters, their Chappelle’s Show DVD sets or the […]

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