These researchers tested positive. But the virus wasn’t the cause

Several scientists working with harmless genetic material have discovered that their research may have contaminated their coronavirus tests.

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Exxon turns to academia to try to discredit Harvard research

In the latest go-round in a continuing dispute, the oil giant's efforts to tear down the work may do the company more harm than good.


Climate activists gain seats on Harvard oversight board

Bucking tradition, a group of climate activists has won three seats in an election to an important governing body at Harvard University, the Board of Overseers, the university has announced.


Will cars rule the roads in post-pandemic New York?

Newly emboldened, many New Yorkers want to repurpose streets for walking, biking, dining and schools, even as traffic returns.

Harvard scientists plan first-ever field experiment related to solar geoengineering

Scientists at Harvard are planning the first-of-its kind field experiment that could take the world one step closer to full-scale solar geoengineering, a practice of putting a substance in the stratosphere to reflect some sunlight back into space and combat global warming.

The pandemic claims new victims: Prestigious medical journals

Two major study retractions in one month have left researchers wondering if the peer review process is broken.

Benjamin Franta: The pernicious influence of Big Oil on America’s universities

Stanford’s divestment debate shows how effective fossil fuel companies have been at colonizing academia.

Harvard didn’t divest from fossil fuels. So what does its ‘net-zero’ pledge mean?

Harvard has a new net-zero by 2050 plan for its endowment. But it’s not yet clear what it will entail, and whether the school will be able to fulfill it.

New research links air pollution to higher coronavirus death rates

A nationwide study has found that counties with even slightly higher levels of long-term air pollution are seeing larger numbers of Covid-19 deaths.

Soot exposure boosts virus death rate - study

The new coronavirus causes a sharply higher death toll among patients in areas with even slightly increased levels of a particularly dangerous form of air pollution, Harvard University researchers conclude in a new national study.

Covid-19 changed how the world does science, together

Never before, scientists say, have so many of the world’s researchers focused so urgently on a single topic. Nearly all other research has ground to a halt.

How climate change may raise the suicide rate, kill 2,000 extra people a year

New research from Columbia University, Harvard University and others suggest that rising global temperatures may lead to things like agitation and heavy drinking - increasing the rate of accidental death.


Study links short-term air pollution exposure to hospitalizations for growing list of health problems

The Harvard researchers focused on a tiny, troublesome air pollutant that comes primarily from vehicles, power plants and wildfires.

Harvard creates advisory panel to oversee solar geoengineering project

Scientists will inject particles of calcium carbonate into the atmosphere and study their effects on incoming sunlight.

Oceans need geoengineering, not the atmosphere

Solar geoengineering is a bandaid on symptoms that would leave the cause untouched, but it's unclear if that's as true for oceanic carbon geoengineering.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

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Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

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