Why is a Harvard astrophysicist working with UFO buffs? | Science

Abraham “Avi” Loeb got the idea to hunt for aliens from cable TV. In June 2021, Loeb, an astrophysicist at Harvard University, was at home, watching NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on CNN talking about recent UFO incidents involving U.S. Navy pilots. “Do you think we have been contacted by extraterrestrials?” the CNN interviewer asked. Nelson … Read more

A Harvard Mathematician Has Basically Solved an Epic, 150-Year-Old Chess Problem

On one level, chess seems like a simple game: 64 individual black or white squares, 16 pieces per side, and two competitors striving for conquest. Dig a little deeper though, and the game offers incredibly complex possibilities, posing challenges to chess theorists and mathematicians that can go unsolved for decades or even centuries.   In … Read more

Harvard chemist convicted by U.S. jury of lying about financial links to China | Science

A jury in Boston today found Harvard University chemistry professor Charles Lieber guilty of lying to federal agencies about his research ties to a Chinese university. The unanimous verdict came barely 3 hours after closing arguments in the case, part of the U.S. government’s 3-year-old China Initiative that has targeted some 2 dozen academic scientists … Read more