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Articles: Research

Six butterflies shown in infrared wavelengths of purple and pink colors

(Click on arrow at right to see full image) Butterflies of six different species, photographed in infrared wavelengths, reveal patterns unseen in visible light.

Image courtesy of Naomi Pierce and Nanfang Yu


A study reveals new dimensions to their function and beauty.


Photograph by iStock

Tests in macaques show robust protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus induced by either vaccines or natural infection.


Video split-screen capture of images of Evelynn Hammonds and Paul Farmer

Evelynn Hammonds and Paul Farmer

A conversation on health disparities, with Paul Farmer and Evelynn Hammonds


Art by Harvard Magazine/ JC; images by iStock

A critical scientific question that bears on policies for fighting the pandemic.


From zoology and evolutionary science to animal-rights law to the joys of local wildlife, a selection of our favorite animal stories


Screen shot of Mary T. Bassett and Khalil Gibran Muhammad

 Mary T. Bassett and Khalil Gibran Muhammad

A Radcliffe Institute online discussion of health disparities laid bare by coronavirus



A new nasal swab design can be manufactured quickly and at low cost.
Photograph courtesy of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Engineers at the Wyss Institute address a critical shortage of nasal swabs.


Highlights from our wide-ranging coverage of the environment


Posthumous portrait of astronomer Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin looking up and through a window, echoing Vermeer’s painting “The Astronomer”

(Click on arrow at right to see the full image) Patricia Watwood’s 2001 posthumous portrait of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin echoes Vermeer’s The Astronomer.

Painting © Patricia Watwood/From the Harvard University Portrait Collection. Gift of Dudley and Georgene Herschbach

Photograph © President and Fellows of Harvard College

Brief life of a breakthrough astronomer: 1900-1979

May-June 2020