Experts consider the ethical implications of new technology

Faculty from the Computer Science and Philosophy departments join forces in a successful new undergraduate initiative, Embedded EthiCS, to change the way computer scientists think about the ethical implications of new technology.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
Oct. 16, 2020 ~15 min

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3 Questions: Anat Biletzki on the Human Rights and Technology Fellowship Program

Designed for students, the program explores on a grand scale how technology can aid or hinder human rights.

Center for International Studies • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Four MIT faculty members receive U.S. Department of Energy early career awards

Faculty from the departments of physics, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering were selected for the 2020 Early Career Research Program.

School of Science • mit
July 15, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: physics funding awards research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering school-of-science faculty laboratory-for-nuclear-science chemical-engineering grants department-of-energy-doe honors-and-fellowships

How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.

Carolee Bull, Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

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New nanofiber protects against extreme temperatures, projectiles

Harvard University researchers, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center and West Point, have developed a lightweight, multifunctional nanofiber material that can protect wearers from both extreme temperatures and ballistic threats.

Leah Burrows • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

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SMART researchers receive grant to develop rapid tests for Covid-19

Using engineered binder proteins to detect viral proteins or antibodies rather than RNA, new tests may overcome current challenges in testing for SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
May 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health public-health covid-19 pandemic rna disease research proteins school-of-engineering grants singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

Harvard technology provides early boost to Mass. COVID testing

Aldatu Biosciences, a company born in Harvard’s labs and nurtured in its entrepreneurial ecosystem, helps the region ramp up COVID-19 testing.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 31, 2020 ~9 min

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