Student-developed device predicts avocado ripeness

With the goal of reducing food waste, a student-developed device predicts when an avocado will be ripe

Adam Zewe • harvard
July 23, 2020 ~7 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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Lab-grown meat gains muscle as it moves from petri dish to dinner plate

Researchers are able to build muscle fibers, giving lab-grown meat the texture meat lovers seek.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Oct. 21, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  wyss-institute  lab-grown-meat  kit-parker  muscle-tissues

First video of viruses assembling released

For the first time, Harvard researchers have captured images of individual viruses forming, offering a real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Oct. 2, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  common-cold  gastroenteritis  hand-foot-and-mouth-disease  polio  quantitative-biology-initiative  virus  virus-assembly  west-nile-fever

Shape-shifting structures can take the form of a face, antenna

What would it take to transform a flat sheet into a human face? How would the sheet need to grow and shrink to form eyes that are concave, a nose that’s convex, and a chin that protrudes? How to encode and release complex curves in shape-shifting structures is at the center of research led by […]

Leah Burrows • harvard
Oct. 2, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  harvard-wyss-institute-of-biologically-inspired-engineering  multi-scale-curvature  shape-shifting

Drone-based monitoring system reveals important information on the health of the Amazon

A group of researchers are using a drone-based chemical monitoring system to track the health of the Amazon in the face of global climate change and human-caused deforestation and burning.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Sept. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  climate-change  amazon  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  seas  drone

Sizing up a planet’s habitability

Researchers have redefined the lower size limit for planets to maintain surface liquid water for long periods of time, extending the so-called habitable zone for small, low-gravity planets.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Sept. 10, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  seas  goldilocks-zone  habitability  habitable-zone  low-gravity-planets  planet-size

New technique being developed to therapeutically repair and replace human organs

A new technique called SWIFT (sacrificial writing into functional tissue) ultimately may be used therapeutically to repair and replace human organs with lab-grown versions containing patients’ own cells.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Sept. 6, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  stem-cells  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  seas  harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering  3d-printing  adult-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells  artificially-grown-human-organs  organ-transplant  sacrificial-writing-into-functional-tissue  swift

Ultra-soft underwater grippers reach next level of perfection

To study jellyfish and other fragile marine life without damaging them, researchers developed ultra-soft underwater grippers that catch and release jellyfish without harm.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Aug. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  seas  harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering  anti-aging  baruch-college  cuny  jellyfish  nina-sinatra  wyss-institutes-bioinspired-soft-robotics-platform

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