Journal Club

Highlighting recently published papers selected by Academy members

Monthly Archives: April 2013

Harvard Research Forest–Fertile soil for scientists and artists

[slideshow_deploy id=’673′]   The Harvard Research Forest might not seem like the most obvious or attractive location for creating nature photography. The trees are wrapped in cables, shrubs enclosed in plastic, and unsightly pipes run from here to there. The forest, … Continue reading

Categories: Ecology | Environmental Sciences | Plant Biology | Visual Science | Leave a comment

An antihistamine’s hidden talent: Fighting prion disease

When they screened a library of existing drugs for their ability to treat neurodegenerative prion diseases, one team of researchers was in for a surprise. Astemizole, an antihistamine that’s been used to treat seasonal allergies since the 1970s, lengthened the … Continue reading

Categories: Cell Biology | Medical Sciences | 7 Comments

Conservation planning with equity in mind

The challenges of sustainability are becoming more complex, in part, because our increasing population demands ever more from the Earth to meet even our basic needs. But even though there is widespread awareness of the problems of sustainability, including overfishing, … Continue reading

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Polynesian DNA found in old Native American bones

Polynesian DNA has unexpectedly been discovered in the bones of now-extinct Native Americans who once lived in the interior of Brazil. These surprising findings are raising a variety of suggested answers to how this occurred, including the travels of ancient … Continue reading

Categories: Anthropology | Leave a comment