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Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. For students who are excited to investigate the biggest issues of the 21st century, Harvard offers an unparalleled student experience and a generous financial aid program, with over $160 million awarded to more than 60% of our undergraduate students. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education.

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.

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The most serious risks to electoral integrity usually arise from disparities in political finance and media coverage during a campaign. AAP/Dan Peled

How do we know when elections succeed – or fail?

Many recent elections have ended with bitter disputes about electoral integrity. The issue is perhaps best exemplified by partisan divisions in the United States over Republican allegations of voter fraud…

From A to zen: mindfulness in seven days

If you’re anything like me, one thing you find really hard to do - is nothing. I mean, really - doing nothing. Taking a moment out for yourself, meditating on life, reflecting on your day, getting to that…
World Cancer Research Fund International

10 +3 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Fact: In 2012, there were 14 million new cancer cases worldwide, and 8.2 million cancer related deaths. Fact: About 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Fact: The number…
Not as important as the invisible primary…. DonkeyHotey

The invisible primary - number one

What’s the best predictor of which candidate will win the presidential nomination. The winner of the Iowa caucus? The winner of the New Hampshire primary? Actually neither is as good a predictor as the…
Who controls the wires? Bidgee

Municipal broadband offers hope for lagging US internet

No one disputes the importance of affordable access to high-speed internet for economic growth in the 21st century. The United States has seen consistent and rapid growth in its broadband infrastructure…
China’s President Xi, front and center, doesn’t mind sharing the stage. Reuters

President Xi’s Chinese dream means a more multi-polar world

China begins 2015 as the world’s largest economy, in terms of purchasing power parity, a key milestone in the country’s rise. And one that likely will herald a change in how China engages with the rest…
Non-communicable diseases were responsible for 38 million (68%) of the world’s 56 million deaths in 2012. Dave/Flickr

Global report shows how to beat the world’s biggest killers

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases, the second in a series tracking worldwide progress in the prevention and control of cancers…
Harvard and Rutgers scientists propose a new, potentially more accurate way, to measure the rate of sea level rise. Shutterstock

Solving the puzzle of sea-level rise by reexamining the past

When you ask yourself what the biggest unanswered scientific questions are, “how did sea levels change over the past 100 years?” is unlikely to appear at the top of your list. After all, haven’t we already…
Easier access to marijuana doesn’t necessarily lead to more addicts. Image of person smoking via Stanimir G.Stoev/Shutterstock

Will legal marijuana lead to more addicts? Probably not

At present, cannabis is fully legalized in Colorado and Washington and will soon be fully legalized in Oregon and Alaska. Additionally, medical cannabis is legal in 23 states. The writing is on the wall…
OK you can trust this food label. But calories? Forget it. Bryan Kennedy

Why most food labels are wrong about calories

Food labels seem to provide all the information a thoughtful consumer needs, so counting calories should be simple. But things get tricky because food labels tell only half the story. A calorie is a measure…
Where would Confucius place the balance between environmental conservation and economic development today? Kevinsmithnyc

Confucian thought and China’s environmental dilemmas

Conventional wisdom holds that China - the world’s most populous country - is an inveterate polluter, that it puts economic goals above conservation in every instance. So China’s recent moves toward an…

A tax on disease will hit us all.

Sad irony last week as the Australian federal government announced their renewed intention to introduce a financial co-payment for primary care (albeit now re-presented in a cunning new form) in the same…
Painter Mark Rothko directs the installation of his murals in Harvard’s Holyoke Center in 1963. Artwork: © 2009 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Elizabeth H. Jones, © President and Fellows of Harvard College

How we restored Harvard’s Rothko murals – without touching them

In 1989, I was a conservation student at the Courtauld Institute in London. During a class on varnish removal, my professor, Gerry Hedley, demonstrated how shining blue light on a picture with yellowed…

McHospitals: 3 Reasons I’m NOT Lovin' It.

Last month, a hospital in the UK announced it was closing it’s 20 year-old resident fastfood ‘restaurant’ and moving towards a food outlet more in-keeping with the role and responsibilities of the institution…

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