DIY medicine on tap as researchers share their work at this week’s Science by the Pint

DIY medicine on tap as researchers share their work at this week's Science by the Pint

Cambridge quiets down in the late summer, but one corner of the Tavern on the Square was buzzing on Tuesday night.  People gathered tightly around five or six tables in the Porter Square pub, chatting away, drinking beer and talking about science. No blackboards here – just the Red Sox game on a giant screen.  Read more

Science events in Boston this week: Talks on BPA, sea turtles and DIY medical tech

A dilemma tonight for those who want to better understand science in the news. Three popular programs covering hot topics overlap. But, the Science for the Public event is taped for later airing on the WGBH website “Forum.”  The talk covers “Long-Term Health Threats of BPA and Other Endocrine Disruptors.”  Drs. Ana M. Soto and Carlos Sonnenschein of the Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine will speak.  Read more

HIV Research: How the Berlin Patient led to the Boston patients

HIV Research: How the Berlin Patient led to the Boston patients

A guest post from Nathalia Holt, Ph.D, an HIV researcher at the Ragon Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her upcoming book, THE BERLIN PATIENTS, focuses on the personal stories of two men “whose HIV infections were cured in distinct yet essentially related ways.” Here, she tells talks to the Boston scientists whose recent findings suggest that — by maintaining antiretroviral therapy — it is possible to eradicate HIV with a standard bone marrow transplant.  Read more

Science in Boston this week: Sharks, beetles and slide rulers

Science in Boston this week: Sharks, beetles and slide rulers

The ITER project, under construction in France, is an international effort to “demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power.” Carlos Alejandre,. ITER Deputy Director-General, speaks at 2  MIT on the “safety characteristics of ITER (and by extension of fusion) … and their possible impact on people and the environment.” The event comes as the MIT fusion project — the Alcator C-Mod – is facing shut down, in part, to free up  U.S. funds for ITER.  More on that debate at Nature News and on MIT specifically, here at Nature Boston.  Read more