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Drew C. Pendergrass

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Ed Macomber

The Molecule Man

Macomber’s expertise has helped thousands of scientists over the years — about 500 people at a time are registered on his machines. But of all the projects he has worked on, he is particularly proud of helping a team of scientists pioneer a new way of repairing hearts.

Harvard's Women "Computers" Holding Hands

Harvard’s Forgotten Female Astronomers

Newspapers around the globe covered the Harvard computers. Why, then, were these once-famous women scientists forgotten?

Broad Institute in Kendall Square

The Kendall Square Codebreakers

The story of the Broad is the story of biology in the 21st century. It’s a story of innovation enabled by dramatic advances in computational and biological tools, of a thrilling new age where scientists gain new insights into diseases like cancer. It’s a story of how those new tools transform the kinds of questions scientists can ask, revealing new horizons never before imagined. It is a story with millions of dollars at stake in funding and licenses, of organizations that so radically change the scale of science that the definition of science itself is fundamentally transformed.

Milk &pizza

I Went to the Grand Opening of &pizza/Milk Bar and All I Got Was the Cold Reminder That Harvard Square is Doomed to the Gentrification That Has Overtaken All Major Cities Across the United States

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, did he know he would be setting in motion an unstoppable cultural engine that could end only in hypertrends like a self-serious storefront that — let’s be clear — exists to sell pizza and ice cream?

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Sympathy and Mild Distaste

I’m really just from a slightly more religious slice of generic America, not whatever people imagine Alabama to be. Maybe I should say I’m from Omaha, Nebraska. It feels just as true.

Bird Scooter

Bird Scooters are Decadent and Depraved

What is it like to ride a Bird? You enter a state of total resignation, much like how Abraham must have felt when he was about to sacrifice his only son Isaac on the altar.


How to Get Over a Back-to-School Cold

Keep those humors in good balance!

21 Colorful Crimson
On Campus

15 Minutes with 21 Colorful Crimson

On a campus where most things are triangulated within four dimensions of irony, 21CC’s earnestness combines with genuine musicality to create what serious music critics call a “bop.”

This is Totally Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri Laments Classroom-to-Table Limitations

Yes, it’s a tragedy that all that is bomb-dot-com tasty is moved ever farther from the masses, dangled tantalizingly before the eyes of undergraduates like a spicy salami in the smokehouse. But I will sleep tonight with a small sliver of hope.

El Jefe's Hot Sauce

The Waste Land But It’s El Jefe’s

​3 a.m. is the cruellest hour, breeding Burritos out of the dead night, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull guacamole with gloved hands, feeding A little life with Spicy Black Beans.

Tai Chi Master

Harvard's Tai Chi Master

Some say Lee—tai chi master, Harvard fixture, sword-repeller—can even cure broken bones.

my.Harvard courses

The my.Harvard Sectioning Tool is a Major Tool

He was careful not to keep track of anyone’s section preferences, as he was not looking for anything serious right now.

Individual Pickles

The Pickle Is in the Bag

There’s an air of mystery to the Van Holten’s pickle—thousands of milligrams of sodium lie beneath a thin layer of plastic, concealing a cucumber that has been radicalized.

Justus E. Uwayesu (top)
Fifteen Most Interesting

Justus E. Uwayesu

He recalls casting lines and waiting for hours, sometimes without a single catch.

Amor Sin Miedo

The Bitter Pill: Harvard and the Dark History of Birth Control

In the 1950s, two Harvard professors tested the birth control pill on mentally ill Massachusetts women and low-income Puerto Rican women, raising questions about research practices at Harvard and beyond.