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In crisis-hit Argentina, cancer researcher turns to game show for funds

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Amid a swirling economic crisis and protests over budget cuts for research in Argentina, one scientist has found a novel way to fundraise: winning money on a television game show.

Brazil seeks China's OK for genetically modified sugarcane

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Brazil's agriculture minister will ask Chinese officials on Thursday to greenlight exports to the Asian nation of sugar made from genetically modified (GM) sugarcane, which is expected to be widely...

Genus shares surge on deal to market gene-edited pigs in China

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British livestock genetics firm Genus agreed on Thursday to license its know-how on virus-resistant pigs to Beijing Capital Agribusiness Co Ltd, which will seek regulatory approval for the pigs in...

Defying scientists, Hungary will overhaul academic network, website reports

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Hungary is preparing legislation to strip the Hungarian Academy of Sciences of its research network, giving the government more control over scientific activity, the news website index.hu reported on Tuesday.

Uber and Lyft have made San Francisco’s traffic much worse, study says

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Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are so popular in San Francisco that they have become the single biggest factor behind the city’s increasingly snarled traffic, according to a new...

Police ID man and woman arrested after Friday’s wild car chase and gun battle in L.A. County

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Homicide investigators have identified the man and woman who they say led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a dramatic shootout in Vernon and a tense standoff involving...

NASA Invites You to “Picture Earth” for Earth Day

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Our magnificent planet is always ready for its close-up. On Earth Day, April 22, NASA wants to see your take. NASA invites you to celebrate the planet we call home...

Harvard Kennedy School hosts naturalization ceremony

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The first thing Dean Bniskiwitz did as an American citizen was hug his 9-year-old son. Jeff Mulumba thought about the 16 years it took him to get to this point. Ashok B....

Boston Public School students discover nature at Arnold Arboretum

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As the school bus came to a slow stop on Meadow Road, 7-year-old Lucas Mattuchio was almost breathless with excitement. “Wow, look at that tree! Look at that one! Hey, there’s a...

Harvard faculty behind FDA course discusses high Rx prices

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The U.S. has the world’s highest per-person spending rate on prescription drugs — a fact that ranges from problematic to life-threatening for consumers of these drugs. A new course launched this year on...

On thesis day Harvard students celebrate: It’s finally finished

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For many, writing a senior thesis is the ultimate academic challenge of College life. About half of Harvard students undertake this weighty endeavor, which is required only for honors students at most Schools....

Harvard grad parses political dichotomy of Hungary’s youth

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.  Sara Bobok ’19 has always been of two worlds, at home in both and neither. Born near Budapest,...

Harvard award funds four high-risk, high-reward projects

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Research administration services at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences last week named nine Harvard researchers as the 2019 winners of the Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research. The Harvard researchers selected for...

The deep connections between Harvard and Germany

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In 1971, Guido Goldman, founding director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), walked into a meeting with West Germany’s then-finance minister, Alex Möller, hoping for a gift to help...

Harvard’s 9th annual IT Summit parses data about data

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Data, and conversations about its management and fair use, took center stage at the ninth annual Harvard IT Summit last week, held on the campus of Harvard Business School (HBS). The full...

Venture capitalist James Breyer to step down from Harvard Corporation

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James Breyer, M.B.A. ’87, will step down from the Harvard Corporation on June 30, at the conclusion of his six-year term of service. A prominent early investor in a range of technology companies,...

Gandhi, De Los Santos, and Takjerad to deliver student addresses on Commencement Day

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A trio of students will share experiences, perspectives, and a little wisdom with 32,000 classmates, University officials, invited guests, family, and friends on Commencement morning, delivering traditional Latin, English, and Graduate English addresses....

Parboiling husked rice reduces arsenic content - study

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Husking rice before parboiling can greatly reduce the amount of arsenic reaching the whole rice grain, researchers say.

Digital tool aims to translate 2,000 African languages

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New digital platform aims to aid translation of African languages to spur access to global markets.

Pistachio trees 'talk' to their neighbours, reveals statistical physics

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Ising model could account for nut production of pistachio orchards

US energy research agency ARPA-E gets strong backing from House Science Committee

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Some representatives support tripling funding

Merck KGaA wants to break up Versum-Entegris merger

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German firm steps in with what it says is a better offer for Versum

US Congress displays new interest in climate change

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Democrats in House hold series of hearings; Republican to chair one in Senate

Danaher will acquire GE's biopharma business

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The $21 billion purchase will bulk up the life sciences segment at the US technology firm

Roche will pay $4.8 billion to acquire gene-therapy pioneer Spark Therapeutics

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The premium price indicates drug companies' growing interest in joining the gene-therapy field

FDA proposes changes to US sunscreen rules

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Agency clarifies which ingredients need additional safety, efficacy data

Top Instrument Firms of 2018

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Ranking of scientific instrument makers finds companies growing with minimal impact, so far, from the trade dispute between the US and China

Biogen to buy the retinal gene therapy maker Nightstar

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The $800 million purchase is the third gene therapy acquisition announced in a week