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Top brain surgeon claims afterlife exists

A Harvard-educated neurosurgeon had a change of heart after he had his own near-death experience. Dr Eben Alexander had previously dismissed the idea …

Van Gogh’s Starry Night Recreated with Images from the Hubble Space Telescope

Alex Harrison Parker is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. After 22 years of operation, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured so many images that he was able to use them to create this mosiac of Starry Night. There could be no better medium. Link -via Oddity Central | Alex Harrison Parker’s Website

Cheating Scandal in a Harvard Government Class

A cheating scandal has rocked the venerated Harvard University: Harvard University is investigating allegations that almost half the students in an undergraduate class last spring may have plagiarized or "inappropriately collaborated" on [...]

Scientists engineer first ‘cyborg’ tissue

Researchers at Harvard University are blurring the lines between organic and electronic systems. ‘Cyborg’ tissue comprised of both organic material an…

“Ball’s in your court, Harvard Baseball”

Remember the Harvard men’s baseball team that danced to Carly Rae Jepsen’s "Call Me Maybe" while on a road trip? Well, the Southern Methodist University Women’s rowing team did one better. They wrote on [...]

Was King Tutankhamen’s burial a rush job ?

Officials seek to find answers to the microbial growths in the tomb of the famous Egyptian boy king. Harvard microbiologist Ralph Mitchell believes he…

The Late Movies: Harvard Class Day Speakers

In 1968, the Senior Class Committee at Harvard University began inviting its own speaker to Class Day. The annual ceremony is scheduled the day before commencement and is a chance for Harvard’s senior class to socialize before graduating. This year, the hilarious Amy Poehler will address the graduates. Here’s a roundup of some notable former [...]

9 Other Famous Harvard Dropouts

© Joseph Sohm/Visions of America/Corbis Most people are familiar with the stories of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, who achieved great success as the founders of Microsoft and Facebook, respectively, after dropping out of Harvard. Here are nine other former Harvard students who made out just fine without earning their degrees. 1. Robert Frost Frost, a San Francisco [...]

A Cometarium

Harvard University’s Putnam Gallery has a collection of historical scientific instruments. Pictured above is Benjamin Martin’s cometarium, which dates back to about 1766. Here’s what it did: This apparatus was designed to demonstrate how the speed of a comet varies in its orbit according to Kepler’s law of equal areas. The comet Benjamin Martin chose for [...]

From the Year 2000: Conan on Success and Failure

Many of you have probably already seen this—we may have even posted it before—but if you’re looking to kill 20 minutes, here’s Conan O’Brien’s speech to Harvard’s Class of 2000: Part I Part II