Harvard scientists advance controversial plan to dim sunlight

Researchers from Harvard receive permission for a test that may help cool Earth and fight global warming.

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  • Swedish space agency allows Harvard researchers to test a stratospheric balloon next year.
  • The balloon may eventually be used to release particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight.
  • The goal would be to cool Earth and fight back against global warming but the approach has critics.
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Read a Harvard geneticist's plan for redesigning humans

Professor George Church creates a gene "wishlist" that can lead to superhuman abilities.

  • Harvard geneticist George Church makes a list of genes that could be modified to enhance human abilities.
  • The list tracks both positive and negative effects.
  • Redesigning humans can lead to posthumans or transhumans.
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Scientists create an "eye on reality" camera that sees invisible light

Harvard engineers make a breakthrough polarization camera.

  • Harvard researchers create a tiny camera that can see polarization.
  • Seeing the invisible light can help in numerous applications, from self-driving cars to satellites.
  • The scientists used nanotechnology to achieve this feat.
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Scientists Propose the Existence of a Giant New Space Object

A new study by planetary scientists proposes a giant new space object which could have formed the Earth and the moon.

A molten Planet. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

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4 Cognitive Abilities That Actually Peak When You Are Older

Cognitive abilities peak at varying ages, say researchers from MIT and Harvard.

Walter Wisby, aged eight, playing a game of chess with T Whiltard, aged 91, in Cheltenham. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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