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Last month, I linked to an article written by Harvard graduate student Laura Strittmatter about Resveratrol, a compound in red wine that had been linked to anti-aging effects in studies on rodents. Recently, a paper was published in Nature calling that research into question. This isn’t a problem in science – this is how it’s…

Scientists communicating their science

Christie Wilcox has a great post over at Science Sushi about why scientists should be on social media. I don’t disagree with anything she says, and I try to do it myself (see: the twitter and G+ links to the left… I also recently signed up for tumblr which is kind of fun). But sometimes…

For anyone in the Boston Area, two of my colleagues and I will be giving a talk on how the immune system recognizes and responds to pathogens, and how understanding this will allow scientists to design better vaccines and more effectively treat illness. How to Spot a Virus: The origins of an immune response. This…

Harvard Science in the News begins its fall lecture series this week with a talk on the interface between human brains and machines: I went to the practice talk last week, and it’s going to be great! From retinal implants to controlling robots with your mind, Harvard neuroscience graduate students will take you through the…

Extending life with red wine

The latest Science in the News Flash is up, and it examines the anti-aging research surrounding the molecule resveratrol, which is present at low concentrations in red wine: If resveratrol were able to mimic the lifespan-extending effects of caloric restriction in people without requiring such an extreme diet, it would be very popular, especially if…

Sleep clears the mind

And speaking of milestones, the Harvard Science in the News Flash – a student written and student edited writing series just posted their 100th article: Sleep clears the mind: How sleep prepares the brain for new learning Despite the fact that sleep is essential to our health, its function and what makes it necessary have…

Last SITN lecture: Tonight!

The last lecture of the Science in the News Fall lecture series is tonight at 7pm in the Armenise amphitheater. Star Power: New Ways to Harvest Energy From Our Sun I heard great reviews from people who were at the practice talk, so if you’re in the Boston area and interested in alternative energy, come…

What is epigenetics?

I think understanding the basics of inheritance is pretty easy for most people – the traits of parents are passed down from parents to offspring. Simple! Humans have known and exploited this fact for thousands of years. When Gregor Mendel came along, he meticulously worked out some mathematical rules for inheritance in peas, and we…

If you’re in the Boston area, come see me (and two other awesome grad students) give a talk on microbes, especially the ones that live in you and on you. We’ve got everything from fecal transplants to whether bacteria can make you fat or not. Come out to Armenise amphitheater at the Harvard Medical School…

We beasties came together through our love of microbes, but also through a graduate student group called Science in the News. SITN is completely run by graduate students, and our mission (much like the mission of this blog) is to share our love of science with the general public. We have a lot of events…