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Research in 2023

In Focus

A Year of Discoveries

We look back on the scholarship, breakthroughs, innovations, and awards from the Harvard community in 2023.

As a nation, we are collectively waking up to the importance of caregiving, to its value, for the present and for future generations.”

Claudia Goldin, professor of economics and the winner of the 2023 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

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In a trial of adults with moderate-to-severe depression, those who participated in heated yoga sessions experienced significantly greater reductions in symptoms.

Harvard researchers created the first demonstration of a large-scale algorithm execution on an error-corrected quantum computer, a major leap in the new field.

A team of researchers highlighted the potential to improve cancer treatment outcomes and decrease related adverse events by treating periodontitis.

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For the first time, scientists showed that bacteria can cause itches by activating nerve cells in the skin.

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Researchers found that combining mechanotherapy, like massage, with anti-inflammatory treatment significantly improved healing in aged muscles.

For the first time, astronomers observed a star consuming a planet, bolstering the theory that Earth will meet the same fate—in about 5 billion years.

Visiting researcher David Gruber and his colleagues are using state-of-the-art robotics and machine learning to listen to and translate sperm whale communication.

Our research represents the first empirical attempt to characterize the relationships between charisma and facial features.”

Shunyuan Zhang, assistant professor
Harvard Business School

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A study by a Harvard Graduate School of Education alum was the first to uncover neurobiological predispositions for musical talent in infancy.

A Harvard collaboration has led to the development of a prototype for a more efficient and eco-friendly air conditioner.

Researchers found the difference between how long American men and women live increased to 5.8 years in 2021, the largest it’s been since 1996.

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